Jimano's Pizzeria's deft dough-tossers craft homemade crusts, succulent sauces, and pies layered with fresh ingredients for an oven-fresh menu of Chicago-style pizzas. Top a thin-crust cheese pizza ($15.80 for a 16") or piñata-pack a pan-baked deep-dish cheese pizza ($17.95 for a 16") with a panoply of ingredients, such as pepperoni, mushrooms, bacon, or pineapple ($2.10 per ingredient for a 16" pizza), ensuring that modest pizzas don't have to arrive at the table undressed. Cooks also create stacked delights such as the italian beef ($5.85) or the crispy buffalo chicken sandwich ($5.99); baby back ribs ($16.99 for a full slab, $14.99 for a half slab) offer carnivorous sustenance coated in a homemade St. Louis–style barbecue sauce. The pizzeria's famed bread sticks ($3.99) satisfy carb cravings alongside a slew of pasta dishes, which arrive with sides of saucy banter and cheesy dialogue.
With more than 700 locations, Jamba Juice proves to the masses that nutrition can be speedy and delicious. Since the beginning, the company’s product philosophy has revolved around choosing whole fruits and other natural ingredients over artificial flavorings, sweeteners, and preservatives. The menu is completely free of high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats, and it offers additional accommodations for vegan and gluten-free diets.
This naturalistic approach is fully realized in Jamba Juice's selection of smoothies. Made with 100% fruit juice, sherbet, and frozen yogurt, the frosty delights range from all-fruit smoothies such as peach perfection and strawberry whirl to more indulgent creamy treats, including peanut butter moo'd, an enticing blend of peanut butter, bananas, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, and milk chocolate.
For those with heartier appetites, steel-cut oats steep in soymilk before being enhanced with toppings such as apples, cinnamon, and brown-sugar crumble. The lunch hour presents protein-packed mini wraps, toasted bistro sandwiches and artesian flatbreads that pack only about 320–420 calories each.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
At BerrySimple Yogurt, customers use self-serve machines to dispense more than 15 flavors of frozen yogurt into waiting cups. They then navigate through a toppings bar, customizing their creations with spoonfuls of fresh fruit, candy pieces, and boba balls. A ladle of hot fudge, caramel syrup, or one of many dessert sauces tops off the treat and hides the fact that some people actually like candy corn. In addition to self-serve frozen yogurt, BerrySimple offers frozen yogurt pies and floats featuring IBC Root Beer, Sprite, and other sodas paired with frozen yogurt. All of BerrySimple’s yogurt treats are made with Dannon’s YoCream, which is never dehydrated or reconstituted, so it retains all the original active cultures and health benefits of yogurt.
“Popcorn” is a name that reeks of the patriarchy. Deciding to “give Mom some recognition” instead, according to their website, the founders of Momcorn reclaimed the name for mothers everywhere by crafting a menu that blends corn-based treats such as corn on the cob with dishes inspired by Latin American street fairs. Chefs stuff flaky empanadas with ground beef and veggies and fill breakfast tortas with egg, cheese, and chorizo sausage. With its authentic recipes and age-old cooking methods, Momcorn’s Latin favorites are steeped in cultural tradition, much like the American flag’s depiction of alternating 4-inch-long hot dogs.
As televisions ignite with the excitement of the big game, the chefs at Fatman Pizza Pub pair a menu of piping-hot pies, meaty sandwiches, and sauce-slathered ribs with a flavorful armada of specialty cocktails and craft beers. Pizzas parade straight from the oven in thin-crust and deep-dish varieties ($9.50–$20 with two toppings), each slathered in tomato, alfredo, or barbecue sauce beneath a choice of 14 ingredients. Toasty breads ensconce a range of sandwiched fare, such as the pepper jack and jalapeño-ignited oaxacan burger ($9.50) and the Hangover melt, which cloaks ham and bacon in a fried egg and french fries ($8.99) to boost the lovelorn pub's chances at wooing a 1950s diner.