This tavern feels like home for the staff of Gallagher's II Irish Pub, and these friends and family of the Himeses strive to share the welcome with their guests. The bright atmosphere invites patrons to stop by for a pint, a plate, and the game. A menu includes classic burgers, steaks, and shareable appetizers. Gourmet hand-tossed and New York–style pizzas serve up specialties such as the Sink, named for its plentiful toppings and antique faucet handles.
Slices and sips are shared on an outdoor patio or in spacious rooms with two full-service bars, plenty of flat-screen TVs, and a 9'x12' Jumbotron screening the biggest games. Free WiFi keeps guests in touch with both home and office, and three pool tables fuel friendly rivalries. The pub also boats a private loft space ready to host special events for up to 100 guests.
Arni's planted its salad tongs into the Indiana dining scene back in 1965 with a firm dedication to swell cuisine served within a fun and welcoming environment by an accommodating staff. The joint's menu coddles down-home appetites with savory deep-fried pork-tenderloin sandwiches ($8.99) and chipotle-shrimp-and-bacon tacos that marry the bounties of land and sea within a pair of soft tortilla shells lined with veggies and special sauce ($9.49). Famous Arni's Junior Salads present their garden bounty in neat geometric rows of fresh greens, succulent cuts of turkey and ham, and ripe portions of radishes and green onions complemented by mozzarella cheese ($6.99).
The pie spinners at Jockamo Upper Crust Pizza slather handmade dough in house-crafted sauces, fresh grated cheeses, and combinations of more than 50 toppings, which vie for selection with classics like pepperoni and green pepper competing against a mélange of specialty sauces, cheeses, and accouterments. Substitute pesto or black bean dip for marinara, or layer a pie in blankets of gorgonzola or pepper jack cheese. Chorizo sausage lends some spice while veggies, such as kalamata olives or sun-dried tomatoes stamp their distinctive tang onto the afternoon feast. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. guests dine in, pick up, or patiently await the arrival of a delivery person ($.75 extra) bearing either sustenance or the final piece of their Elvis plate collection. Those choosing to dine on site are greeted by yellow and green walls accented in wood trim and furnishings and photos. A full-service bar flanks the casual dining area and immerses guest in the glow of a flat-panel TV and beaming interior designers.
For more than 50 years, the family-owned-and-operated Pasquale’s Pizza has been creating homestyle pizzas and Italian dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. Though prices vary by location, sides of hot garlic bread ($1.50) and a chef salad with ham, pepperoni, and cheese bathed in a dressing of your choice ($4.50-$4.80) prep the palate for an Italian avalanche. Cheese or meat ravioli ($3.80-$8.25) can stretch out the stomach enough to fit a ten-inch around-the-world pizza, which features pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers ($9.54-$9.80). The famous stromboli steak sandwich eases through esophagussi with eight inches of Italian yeast bread hugging a beef patty, mozzarella cheese, and either mushroom gravy or pizza sauce ($5.75-$6.75). Diners can wash away the spicy remains of pizza and pasta with soft drinks (around $1.39), a glass of wine (around $3.75), or a bottle of domestic beer (about $2.25).
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).
In 1993, the basement of a Minneapolis apartment building was transformed into an Italian restaurant, becoming the first Buca di Beppo. The owners soon found themselves riding a wave of popularity and marinara sauce as they opened new restaurants across the nation. Today, the eatery occupies 97 locations nationwide, from San Francisco to Times Square.
At each location, chefs maintain the northern and southern Italian flavors that made the original so popular, with a few American twists. Then they serve it up in massive, family-style portions, making Buca di Beppo a favorite place for hungry families and groups of friends.
For starters, the chefs bake up batches of Cheesy Bread Florentine, a colorful combo of spinach, roma tomatoes, and garlic sprinkled over Italian bread and sealed in place with fresh, melted cheeses. Entr?es are prepared with an eye toward quality and quantity, both of size and selection, complete with Veal Parmigiana, Baked Ziti, and classic Italian-American staples like Ravioli and Lasagna. And in keeping with the convivial atmosphere, they also serve truly decadent desserts. The Mt. Vesuvius Dark Chocolate Cake erupts with melted chocolate, and the Colossal Brownie Sundae towers above other sweets with six scoops of ice cream and tiers of sundae trimmings.