Despite the name, Simply Slices parcels out pizza in nearly any form desirable—by the slice or by the pie, and for dining in, picking up inside, or driving through. Pie twirlers heap a selection of 13 ingredients on crust spread thin, fluffed to form a deep basin, or stuffed with toppings. Meanwhile, sister store Sno Biz pipes in sweet shaved ice to accompany special combos that get customers more food for their dollar or doubloon.
Meg's Daily Grind owners Chris and Jodi Erickson and their two daughters brew up aromatic fair-trade and organic coffees and blend fresh-fruit smoothies. Swing by one of the cafes to slurp down a blended iced coffee roasted from beans from around the world by A Small Batch Artisan Roastery (a $4.12 value each). Meg's caffeinated beans are ordered weekly to ensure flavors are as fresh as a newspaper straight from the oven. Guests can also get their fruit fill with smoothies that fuse the best of nature's bounty to create refreshing summer libations (a $4.12 value each). Pair any of the morning thirst quenchers with such pastries as a cheddar-herb bagel, a chocolate-chip bagel (a $1.97 value), or a lemon-and-poppy-seed muffin top (a $1.28 value), all baked fresh daily.
An American tourist in Mexico might stroll by a restaurant decorated with goat horns and not give the decor a second thought. However, the horns do often signify something special: birria, a hearty mexican stew from the state of Jalisco. And while Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos may not have goat horns strung across its walls, its chefs do make the spicy, soul-warming treat—but only on weekends.
The name Mr. Burritos should give away the eatery’s other specialty, which comes in nearly 20 varieties—including two vegetarian options and two sizes, baby or giant. Similar spiced meats, such as barbacoa, steak, and carnitas, also fill tacos and chimichangas. People who weirdly enjoy mornings can stop by in the a.m. for a hearty Mexican breakfast of eggs and chorizo. Aside from inviting guests to test their heat tolerances at three locations, Mr. Burritos and Los Lokos Burritos deliver their food directly to doorsteps and can also cater events such as birthday parties and presidential debates.
Once upon a time—1901, to be exact—Gertie's Ice Cream began topping cones and tempting palates with its creamy texture and creative flavors. Twenty-six years later in a completely separate location, Lindy's Chili drew crowds with its hearty, meaty stew. Both enterprises continued to gain popularity over the years, but it wasn't until 1974 that entrepreneur Joseph Yesutis bought them both and had a novel idea: his chili company had more customers in the daytime and over the winter, whereas his ice cream company had more customers in the evenings and during the summer. Why not combine their strengths by creating a single sweet and savory shop? Yesutis's odd idea gained traction almost immediately, with guests lining up to sample its unique fusion of hot and spicy with cold and sweet. Today, the inventive grouping is not only accepted, but it's become a beloved tradition. Lindy's has since expanded to cook up burgers, Polish sausages, and a slew of meaty sandwiches. Meanwhile, Gertie's dessert artisans concoct old-fashioned banana splits, triple-rich shakes and malts, and sundaes topped with fresh fruits and sweet hot fudge.
At Two Chefs Cafe & Catering, wait staff carries upscale twists on American traditions past the bar area to an expansive patio that’s surrounded by a picturesque wrought-iron fence. Inside, hosts lead diners to seats amid rustic brick walls and decorative wall pieces that organize bottles of French wine by their region. The kitchen staff makes classic cuisine from scratch for weekly events—such as the Friday fish fry and Sunday brunch—or intimate meals. They coat their six signature pasta dishes with one of five sauces and plate hearty helpings of canadian baby-back ribs. The cozy atmosphere grows more festive on weekends, when live music permeates the space and drowns out the play-by-play announcer in your head.