Since 1954, dough-sculpting artisans at LaRosa’s have crafted a menu of delectable Italian specialties using heaps of fresh ingredients and a family recipe. An array of tasty pies awaits hungry visitors, from the double pepperoni ($5.99–$14.99) to the buffalo chicken, which entertains a devoted entourage of black olives, tomatoes, and jalapeños ($6.79–$19.99). Customers can also hire toppings for freelance work on pizzas of their own creation ($4.79–$12.99 plus toppings). Shy meats and veggies hide inside calzones, such as the Philly cheesesteak calzone, which provides a toasted cavern of shelter for sirloin, white cheddar, onions, and stray cheese ($5.99). In addition, LaRosa’s boasts a spectrum of hoagys, salads, and pasta and offers a sweet adieu to finished meals with a dessert of Italian crème cake ($4.89) or cinnamon-sugar dippers ($3.99).
Small sombreros dot the menu at Las Piramides, differentiating the kitchen’s special creations from more traditional Mexican plates. For a slightly updated chimichanga, chefs pack succulent lobster into a tortilla before frying the bundle and smothering it with a housemade cream sauce. They also stuff un-fried burritos with interesting ingredients that go beyond chicken and beans, such as juicy philly cheesesteak fillings. Tacos, enchiladas, sizzling fajitas, and vegetarian combos cater to more classical tastes.
Las Piramides’ environment is just as colorful as its menu, with richly pigmented murals painted over dandelion-yellow walls. Cushy red booths cradle diners as they eat, as well as keep it a secret whenever there’s an accidental salsa spill.
Hot sauce isn't normally served with belgian waffles, but it is when the waffles are served with chicken. That's the case at Cafe 125, The Coffee House & Waffles, where the specialty is chicken and waffles. If the combination of sweet-and-spicy flavors forms a wedge among your taste buds, Cafe 125 also serves cappuccinos, lattes, and other coffee drinks to accompany its housemade soups and desserts.
Layer a bib over the Buckeye jersey tattooed to your body and head to Bunkers for some serious chewing, cheering, and debate over which 18th-century president was tops. The extensive menu of delectable pub fare encourages diners to push taste buds to their flavor-holding capacity. To ensure that no one pulls a muscle during the main course, warm up masticating muscles with an order of jalapeño poppers, cheese sticks, or potato skins ($5 each). Sandwich options sprint the gamut from the southwestern burger with fire-roasted onions, peppers, and pepper cheese ($5.50) to the fancy, French-speaking chicken cordon bleu, served with your choice of grilled or fried poulet, sliced ham, cheese, and a mustache of Dijon. The New York strip dinner is a house recommendation, served with seasoned potatoes, a small side salad, and Texas toast ($9). If you seek something a bit lighter, opt for the grilled birdie salad, marinated in your choice of mesquite, Cajun, or lemon-pepper seasonings and tossed with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and a hard-boiled egg ($6.50).
The blender whizzes at Kanoe Cafe serve up refreshing smoothies infused with fresh fruits and frozen yogurt. Peruse the menu and choose a 16-ounce smoothie ($3.75) from the eight preplanned combos, or create your own cacophony of flavors. Each smoothie begins with ice, Wow Cow frozen yogurt, real fruit juice, and heaping scoops of fresh fruit. The Mango Tango puts a dip in imbibers' steps without the fear of dropping their partners, and the Orange Sunset's inclusion of citrus and vitamin C prevents outbreaks of scurvy and subsequent spikes in the pirate population. Other steadfast fruit aggregates include strawberry banana, wild berry, and Tropical Rage, all of which customers can add a protein boost to for $2 more. Any funds left over after your initial visit will be transferred onto a gift card for future smoothie excursions.
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.