In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers' market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,500 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the Pepperoni Pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex?s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
Gigi and her team of expert bakers garner palate popularity with each customizable batch of scrumptious sugar cookies made for any special occasion. Gourmet cookie crafters hand-press dough before cutting it into a selection of more than 100 fetching shapes, such as hearts for celebrating Valentine's Day or laundry baskets for sending nonconfrontational requests to help around the house. The skilled confectioners then scrawl personalized messages in frosting over each sugary delight before individually wrapping cookies and stowing them away in a bag with a bow. Groupon customers will also receive 20% off any additional orders made at the time of redemption.
The Cupcake Shoppe passes on cake mixes in favor of all-natural ingredients, making cupcakes from scratch daily and hand-decorating each so the presentation matches the taste. The shop doles out its creations individually, or by the half- or full-dozen, and offers to top off bites with different icings, such as cream cheese and caramel whip. For special occasions, customers can have the shop concoct personalized batches, complete with treat boxes and decorative wrappers.
Located within five miles of both the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and Seton Hill University, Abie & Bimbo's Pizza tempts students and other locals with Sicilian-style pies and specialty subs primed for delivery and carryout. Pick from 10 meat and veggie topping options to craft a circular creation, and pair it with your choice of Swinger or Original Pizzaroni sub. The Swinger steams with Virginia-baked ham, salami, and provolone, and the Original Pizzaroni defies geometric logic with pizza-inspired fillings packed inside a toasty sub roll. Customers can also opt for the large antipasto salad, a smattering of meats, hot-pepper rings, and cheeses dancing in a garden of fresh lettuce that's less than secretive.
During the last three decades, Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.59–$8.99), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations (prices vary by location). The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($4.89–$9.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning ($4.59–$8.99). Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$1.89 for a regular order), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon
Executive chef Bryan Hutson and his skilled culinary crew craft a seasonal dinner menu of fresh seafood and eclectic entrees at One Eleven within a cozy eatery nestled within historic downtown Greensburg. Taste buds can hobnob with the baked crab cakes ($26) or revel in the aquatic flavors of colossal shrimp with squid-ink pasta ($23). Muffle the moans of tempestuous stomach elves with one of the steak-centric spreads, such as a coffee-encrusted new york strip steak ($25), or plunge tongues into a succulent serving of fresh salmon ($23) paired with premium spinach from Popeye's temperature-controlled locker.