According to The Big Salad, there are more than 17 million gustatory possibilities, and a quick look at their build-your-own salad menu makes it clear they aren't exaggerating. Customers start by selecting their base greens—baby spinach, iceberg, or romaine lettuce. Next, they choose up to seven toppings from options including artichoke hearts, black olives, edamame, sliced beets, mandarin oranges, and unlimited oxygen molecules. Folks can the build in flavor layers with five kinds of cheese, seven sorts of dried toppings, and more than two dozen dressings including sesame ginger, chardonnay chenin blanc, Mexican ventural, and blueberry pomegranate. For salad-weary guests, the shop extends their democratic process to their wraps, and offers a pre-designed selection of sandwiches ranging from a Thanksgiving sandwich to a meat lover's classic italian.
The team at Mack Avenue Diner forges a menu of melts, fish, steak, and burgers amid an ambience of Americana, with checkered tiles and cushy bar stools. Warm up with a tasty tuna melt, which simmers under a ceiling of gooey American cheese ($5.99), or enjoy the chicken fajita salad–chicken breast, onion, tomato, and chedder cheese served with grilled pita bread ($6.99). A portabello quesadilla wrap is rendered scrumptious by an adhesion of spinach, tomato, and melted cheddar ensconced in a grilled flour tortilla ($6.59), and six burgers display the virtue of layers, such as the half-pound ground round ($5.29–$5.79).
Before Pam Turkin flung open the doors to the first Just Baked in 2009, she was just baking cupcakes on the weekends. But after her corporate travels took her past a growing number of cupcake shops outside of southeastern Michigan, she decided to turn her hobby into a career. She now helms 17 shops in the area, where she and her staff of dessert experts whip up eclectically flavored cupcakes such as red velvet cheesecake, chocolate chip cookie dough, and grumpy cake. In addition to the mouthwatering flavors, all of their items boast real butter, real eggs, and real milk as opposed to artificial ingredients from artificial cows and chickens.
Dish's menu unites fresh sandwiches, full-flavored salads, and pristinely parmesaned pastas in the global fight against sandwich-shop simplicity. The hummus- and feta-laden Mediterranean veggie sandwich ($8.00) encloses a sea of beets, pine nuts, and cucumbers in a perimeter of lavosh wrap or multi-grain bread, and the tiger-shrimp and bacon sandwich ($10.00) is served with caper-dill cream cheese. Pastas such as the linguine picatta or pasta puttanesca can be ordered as standalone meals ($9.50 each) or served alongside a chicken ($12.50) or shrimp ($13.50) entree that uses either free-range poultry or free-reign shrimp that were born into a uniformly diminutive aristocratic family and controversially presided over an entire crustacean kingdom.
Rex's Deli heaps meats from New York and Chicago onto deli sandwiches and doles out generously portioned comfort-food classics. The 1-pound T-Rex sandwiches anchor the menu, their density of corned beef, pastrami, or a combo of both creating a gravitational pull capable of holding napkins and small cars in orbit. Flaky Icelandic cod is hand-dipped and fried to a golden crispness, and corned beef cooked fresh daily shares the limelight with cabbage on a dinner plate or goes solo between a bread back-up band. For breakfast, the new york strip steak and eggs supplies a propulsive dose of protein to fuel a day of hunting down telemarketers to thank them for their generous offers. Diners can hop on the establishment's free WiFi as they indulge.
In Sweet Piece Dessert's bustling kitchen, pastry-bag points dispense tufts of frosting that rest atop cakes shrouded in fondant or swirls of buttercream. Custom cakes match the color schemes and themes of their surroundings at weddings and birthdays, and character cupcakes resemble favorite kids entertainers, such as Hello Kitty and Henry Kissinger. Confectioners also daub apples and pretzels with layers of chocolate drizzle, peanut butter, cashews, and roasted macaroon coconut, and dip strawberries in rich candy coatings.