Opened during the 1950s, Skate America has sent multiple generations of Grove City residents and visitors whirring across its spacious skating floor. Today, the facility accompanies trips around the rink with laser-light shows, a 10-foot video screen, and DJs who spin family-favorable jams, such as Top 40 hits and auto-tuned remixes of the alphabet. The snack bar?better known as Pizza Town Caf??fills free hands with fresh eats, and in the game room, high scores turn into piles of tickets that can be traded in for prizes or used as makeshift stunt cushions beneath bunk beds. In addition to public sessions, Skate America also plays host to birthday parties and group functions, as well as year-round lessons for amateur wheelers.
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.
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.
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.
Bringing together homemade tomato sauce and sicilian hand-tossed dough, Bari Pizzaria cooks up a menu of delicious discs generously covered with fresh toppings. Ready bellies for thin-crust, deep-dish, or stuffed pies with an order of styxhs ($6.25)—hand-twisted breadsticks stuffed with mozzarella and provolone, sprinkled with parmesan, and high-scoring in Scrabble. If Bari's signature pizza ($11.50 for 10") had a mouth, it would boast about its ability to bench its heavy load of meat toppings, including pepperoni, italian sausage, bacon, and salami, while also humming beautiful arias to quiet growling bellies. All pizzas, including the Chicago-style deep-dish ($15.75 for 12") and stuffed pies ($13.50 for 12"), are smothered with a sauce of vine-ripened tomatoes and fresh basil, and coated with a thick layer of melted Wisconsin mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Those looking to diversify their edible geometry may opt for a freshly baked submarine sandwich, such as the traditional philly cheesesteak ($7.25 for 9") or the garden-looting veggie ($6.25 for 9").
The pizza technicians at Wedgewood Pizza have been sculpting delectable pie designs from freshly kneaded dough for more than 40 years. Pizzas, which range in size from 8 to 16 inches ($4–$10.50), can be dressed in either a tomato-sauce and cheese suit or in white, garlic-flavored spats. Bedazzle your pie with any of Wedgewood Pizza’s 24 veggie, meat, and seafood toppings. Six specialty pies prefabricate popular flavor combinations, with the house special ($8.50–$12) smuggling green peppers and pepperoni beneath a cover of mozzarella cheese. The sandwich pizza ($12–$21) layers a choice of four toppings between a pair of crusts, forging a cushy comestible that doubles as a scented neck pillow. Vegetarians can feast on fresh-tomato pizza, topped with tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and romano cheese ($8.50–$12), or sink sweet teeth into mini cannolis ($1) and cinnamon bread ($2.50–$4.50).