Bruegger's Bagels traces its origins back to 1983, when founders Nord Brue and Mike Dressell began using their years of experience under a professional bagel baker to start their own business. In the early '80s, bagels were relatively unknown to most Americans, rarely seen outside of their natural habitats: Big Apple delis and free-range bagel grazing grounds. At the spearhead of introducing the breakfast delicacy to the world at large, Bruegger's grew locations in 26 states, winning a loyal customer base with crispy, chewy bagels kettle boiled and stone-oven baked fresh each morning.
Today, guests still smear the piping-hot circles with hummus, jelly, or rich vermont cream cheese or sink their teeth into anytime breakfast bagel sandwiches of smoked salmon and ham and egg. At lunchtime, bagels fill up with thai peanut chicken, refueling diners along with paninis stuffed with roast beef and horseradish. Healthy, substantial salads tempt palates with morsels of fresh mozzarella cheese, tender grilled chicken, and crispy cucumbers and greens, and sustainably sourced coffee drinks such as the blended mocha Brueggaccino make for tasty, sweet notes to meals.
At Noah?s Antica Pizzeria, pizzaiolos understand that, sometimes, brevity is the soul of good pizza, too. They slide their pies?constructed from Caputo flour dough, San Marzano tomatoes grown in the volcanic soil surrounding Mt. Vesuvius, and locally grown organic herbs?into their wood-fired brick oven for just 90 seconds. If that seems too brief a time for so noble an assemblage, what emerges from the 900-degree heat quickly proves otherwise. Just a minute and a half is enough time to bake authentic Neapolitan pizza to its ideal state: burnt and crispy on the edges but wet and soft in the middle??kissed by the flames,? as the local saying goes. Each entry on the menu holds a unique combination of additions within its delicately flame-seared folds, such as the Pizza del Cafone?s italian sausage, broccoli rabe, and smoked mozzarella or the medley of seven grilled vegetables along with smoked mozzarella and garlic on the Pizza Grigliata Vegetali.
With breakfast served all day, 20th-century decor, and waitresses clad in red-and-white-striped dresses complete with high white socks, red tennis shoes, and jaunty paper hats, Chickadees Diner would fit right in in the 1950s. But on closer look, it reveals itself to be more than a classic diner.
Creative eats such as a grouper sandwich drizzled with salted maple butter, fried-green-tomato burgers, and the Velvet Elvis french toast?with chocolate, blackberry jam, bananas, marshmallows, and peanut butter?cater to a more modern crowd. Also, unlike traditional diners, and even most modern ones, Chickadees Diner serves bottomless mimosas, beer and wine throughout the day.
Sonic Drive-in boasts a hunger-obliterating menu of burgers, coneys, shakes, and more—all delivered straight to your horseless carriage by gracefully roller-skating carhops. Settle burger-craving stomachs with a supersonic cheeseburger ($4.19), and craft a creative meal out of sides like mozzarella sticks (five for $2.99), chili cheese tots ($2.59), ched' r' peppers' ($2.99), and onion rings ($2.19/large), which, like engagement rings, symbolize love and taste better dipped in ketchup. Cleanse your crumb-covered palate with a Sonic signature limeade ($2.09/medium) or a slush ($1.89/medium) in any combo of classic flavors like cherry, grape, watermelon, orange, or quantum particle, which tastes like everything yet strangely nothing. Once you've ordered from the comfy confines of your car or decommissioned lunar module, your all-American feast will arrive balanced atop the head of your roller-butler just in time to catch you tearfully singing along to "Forever Young." Customers are welcome to feast in their cars or savor their selections on Sonic's outdoor patio.
Happy Frog Cafe unleashes good feelings in humans by filling them with frosty, refreshing libations and savory sandwiches. Fresh-made gelato (from $2.95) runs a gamut of flavors, including honey oat, chili chocolate, amaretto, and coconut. Call them in advance and they'll try to accommodate flavor requests, sating your hunger for marshmallow-bacon or victory-flavored desserts. Meet your monocle-clad book group at the café to sip espresso ($1.25 for a single shot) and house coffee ($1.35), or join the local lumberjacking alliance for a southwestern chicken panini ($5) or 1/4-pound bacon cheeseburger ($4.55). Fine hospitality and bright colors prevail within the family-owned-and-operated establishment, which features a mural of a mirthful amphibian on one wall.