The mozzarella-mongers at Grandstand Pizza hand-toss and stone-bake piping-hot pizza pies and hand-pack 16 tongue-tantalizing subs. Mouths can catch a deluxe dough disk lavished in pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, and onions ($8.65+), or demolish a Chicago-style deep dish, oozing with layers of gooey mozzarella and accented with bite-size portraits of the Daley family ($7.95+). The Grandslam sub's crusty bun embraces five meats, three cheeses, and two vegetables ($6.25), and the vegi pleases meat-abstaining palates with a garden's worth of vegetables watered in creamy Italian dressing ($4.95). A panoply of desserts, including warm brownie bites ($3.75), induces smiles better than an upside-down giraffe.
Though the hot dog may often be thought of as a simple summertime staple, the cooks at Hot Dawgs! have worked to elevate them to gourmet status. Nathan’s all-beef hot dogs, brats, Italian sausages, and veggie dogs all sizzle on grills, awaiting toppings that range from traditional sport peppers and sauerkraut to such inventive condiments as sriracha and coleslaw. Its seasonal housemade soups and tater tots pair with the handheld meals, and slices of homemade pie serve as a happy conclusion, much like a third-grader’s edits to Romeo and Juliette.
Tee Jaye's founders began preparing homestyle meals in 1970, a venture that spawned a string of 24-hour diners stuffed with delicious country fare. An egg-centric medley of dishes graces the all-day breakfast menu, with options such as the barnyard buster ($5.10)—two biscuits, two eggs, and country fries wallowing in a puddle of Tee Jaye's famous sausage gravy—and the sunshine sandwich ($6.95), grilled sourdough trapped under stacks of cheddar, swiss, ham, scrambled eggs, and hash browns. Turn to the lunch-and-dinner menu to find the answer to the sphinx's riddle ("sweet tea") as well as a spread of classic country-kitchen eats, including the chicken-fried chicken ($8.25), homemade meatloaf and dressing ($7.75), and Granny's grandburger ($7.95), a half-pound beef patty served with fries and a choice of three toppings. A tot-thrilling kids' menu ($2.49/breakfast; $3.49/lunch and dinner) and a crisp collection of summer flatbreads ($6.95+) round out the restaurant's dining selections.
The friendly staff at Putt N Play Family Fun Center welcomes exhilaration enthusiasts of all ages to its cheerful expanse of games and attractions. Groups revel in the spirit of competition while bouncing golf balls off the brick boundaries and shrunken boulders of the 18-hole miniature-golf course. Afterward, the batting cage offers a place to practice chopping at a moving target, whereas air hockey provides players with the chance to practice distracting facial-distortion techniques. Once the day's excitement has left the group tired and hungry, a concession stand refuels parties with pizza, hot dogs, and soda.
As they walk through Fusion Steakhouse’s two crimson doors, diners immediately enter a family-friendly scene: a black-granite bar gleams with the violet glow of the uplighting bordering the ceiling, and low leather seats line a wall intermittently set with stone tiles. In this dimly-lit dining room, tight rolls of sushi and sizzling hibachi dishes dominate a menu of Japanese standards, but dinners respect no borders. Diners can also choose from entrees inspired by the cuisine of other Asian countries, including Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, as well as cocktails inspired from around the world.
Though the red-brick walls of Santino's Pizzeria invoke an all-American homeyness, the kitchen’s stone ovens gather their inspiration from a more distant source—the time-tested edifices of ancient Rome. The pizzas that emerge from those ovens wear their Italian heritage on their thin crusts, which chefs lade with toppings such as garlic-alfredo sauce, chicken, and italian sausage. The aromas of spiced italian meats and cheeses give away the locations of submarine sandwiches, which surface at tables alongside plates of spaghetti cushioned by meatballs and melted cheese. The steam that rises from these plates shares the air with the sounds of convivial chatter in the dining room and delivery orders shouted over phones in the kitchen.