Armed with just a single, generations-old cookie recipe, Great American Cookies opened its first store in 1977, and the rest is history. Today, the franchise boasts locations in malls across the country and nabbed a coveted spot on Entrepreneur magazine?s 2012 Top 500 Franchises in the baked-goods category. As the shop?s reputation grew, so did its menu as chefs churned out a mouthwatering roster of gourmet-cookie recipes, each created and carefully tested in Atlanta. The tempting options now include snickerdoodle, peanut butter with M&Ms, and chewy pecan supreme, as well as freshly baked fudge and cheesecake brownies, and cookie sandwiches stuffed with frosting. The real show-stoppers, however, are the giant chocolate-chip cookie cakes, which can be customized with sweet, celebratory messages or shopping lists penned in colorful icing.
Family-owned Angelo's Chicago Taste evokes the Windy City with its menu of quintessential dishes, such as italian beef sandwiches, gyros, polish sausage, and Chicago-style hot dogs piled with neon relish. Freshly sliced meats and cheeses nestle between warm breads, beckoning patrons to indulge in a true taste of classic Chicago eats. Most of the ingredients are made from scratch from family recipes right in the kitchen, adding a dose of freshness with each slice of gyro meat shaved off the rotisserie, mound of italian beef, and sizzle of freshly ground meat. Patrons can dig into desserts, such as baklava, while admiring the paintings and Chicago ephemera that decorate the dining-room walls across Angelo's two locations.
Kingpin Lanes facilitates retro revelry with 24 tenpin bowling lanes, leagues for men, women, and children, and an arcade stocked with video games. More than 10 television screens shine down into the facility, allowing bowlers to simultaneously watch sports and play a sport without having to ice-dance during a professional hockey game. After achieving a new high score in Kingpin's arcade, visitors can refuel at the in-house Brickhouse Pizza Company. Its specialties include classic pies in addition to sandwiches such as the Kingpin combo with ham, roast beef, salami, and provolone cheese.
The native chefs at India Palace use traditional cooking methods to sizzle up a tasty array of Indian cuisine, drawing from a pantry of fresh ingredients and spices. The 11th-story dining room regales patrons with scenic views of the landscape typically reserved for window washers or wealthy passengers on low-flying UFOs. Open seven days a week, India Palace stocks a buffet for lunch before populating dinner plates at 5:30 p.m.