Since 1941, the Dickey family has been churning out Texas-style barbecue and tasty family-style sandwiches, sides, salads, and baked taters. Dickey’s lets customers choose from off their menu of USDA-prime meats—all cooked slowly to smoky perfection over a hot hickory-fire pit every night—including Southern pulled pork, tender turkey breast, and Virginia-style ham. Start by slamming a quick cow workout with some sliced beef brisket on the big barbecue sandwich, served with pickles, onions, and Dickey's famous sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce ($4.50), which took three years, two fist-fights, and one small kitchen fire to develop. Otherwise, go with the quarter plate, a quarter pound of your favorite meat served with pickles, onions, a roll, corn on the cob and one other homestyle side ($7), which are $1.50 each when purchased separately. Choose from options such as fried okra, green beans with bacon, or mac 'n' cheese. Diners with more than one mouth to feed can play hot potato with a giant stuffed baker ($4) before stuffing their head's two other mouths with the picnic pack ($20), which includes a pound of meat, two pint-sized sides, four rolls, and barbecue sauce.
DoubleDave's dough-slingers adorn handmade crusts with house-made sauce and more than 20 topping options that populate a menu of specialty pizzas, stromboli, and stuffed rolls. Every day, at least two batches of fresh dough are hand-tossed into edible frisbees destined to be coated in quality cheeses, delectable meats, or fresh veggies sliced by hand or carved by laser vision. Blaze a new taste trail with custom pizzas ($6.49–$13.99/pizza, depending on size; $1.09–$1.70/topping, depending on size), or bite into specialty pies such as the classic veggie pizza, which welcomes vine-ripened California tomatoes, italian sweet peppers, and other delectables to new homes atop smoked provolone and a honey whole-wheat crust. The buffalo chicken's spicy wing sauce converges with cool ranch dressing alongside mozzarella and chicken strips ($13.99/12", $16.99/15", $19.99/18"). Pepperoni rolls envelop the eponymous meat in dough and smoked provolone, busting through hard-earned gameday appetites or serving as a replacement ball during games of paper football.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. Led by executive chef Chris Peitersen, the seasoned kitchen staff blends fresh ingredients along with extra time to create high-quality preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and drink menu.
At Brianna's Pizza, it's possible to eat pizza for every meal without growing bored of the same flavors. That's because the restaurant's cooks bake a wide variety of pies, from breakfast pizzas to dessert pizzas. They also pile traditional deep-dish pizzas with savory toppings such as buffalo chicken or shrimp. Try your meal paired with housemade cheese bread or saucy chicken wings.
Continuing the Italian tradition of pizza al taglio (pizza by the slice), Pizzeria Venti hand-tosses a handful of oven-baked, circular pies teeming with trans-fat-free toppings. Like a repertory theater, Venti's homespun crust acts as a stage for more than 20 pizza performances. The pillowy crusts are pedestals for varieties such as house-made italian sausage, seasoned with fennel, fresh basil, and herbs ($3.50 for a slice) or chicken vesuvio which touts a roasted breast of chicken, mushrooms, black olives and garlic ($4.75 per slice). Though pizza prevails as Venti's main attraction, the menu is also stocked with baked pastas ($6.50+), salads ($6+), and soups ($3+) to create a culinary lineup that is more well-rounded than a reconstructed Humpty Dumpty.