The chefs at Kabob Haus prepare their namesake dish by threading pieces of ground and whole seasoned charbroiled chicken, beef, and even hot dogs onto kebab skewers. They then plate this staple of Persian cuisine next to traditional sides, such as Middle Eastern bread, rice, and mixed vegetables.
When Todd, Pam, and Nina Meyer opened Nina’s Cafe in 1998, they created a space that captured exactly what they wanted in a restaurant—a smoke-free room filled with the scents of all-day breakfast feasts and tasty soups and chili made from their own family recipes. Bottomless cups of fresh coffee accompany plates of eggs florentine or pancakes and waffles topped with rivers of warm syrup. For lunch, expect feasts of burgers, chicken salad wraps, and quesadillas. Since Nina’s 45-seat diner is cozy, guests are advised to call ahead to avoid the long lines of eager patrons and sprawling tent cities that spring up in front of the restaurant each morning.
Fazoli's serves hearty Italian dishes such as oven-baked pastas, sub sandwiches, and pizzas. Dig into a baked penne with either chicken, broccoli, and alfredo sauce or marinara and meat sauces and mozzarella. A meatball smasher or turkey club italiano makes the perfect handheld meal while lighter options such as ravioli and salad bowls include taste buds with fewer calories.
Jaspare's Pizza and Fine Italian Food doesn't hide its specialties?pizza and Italian cuisine are exactly what diners have enjoyed since the first Jaspare?s opened in 1977. Made from scratch with ingredients imported from Italy by one exhausted gondolier, Jaspare?s pizza crust comes in thin, medium, and thick sizes. That crust?served plain or dusted with flavors such as garlic or Cajun spices?cushions customized toppings combos such as ground beef and banana peppers.
The pizzeria likewise curates nearly 15 specialty pies, topped with pairings such as ham and artichokes or grilled chicken and alfredo sauce. Other pizzeria and Italian favorites round out Jaspare?s menu, from pastas smothered in housemade sauces and meatballs to oven-roasted wings tossed in garlic parmesan sauce.
At Fuel Vegetarian a vegan can bite into an American-style burger with a Peruvian-seasoned patty and gooey layer of cheese. The completely vegetarian, raw, and vegan-friendly restaurant crafts meat-free versions of classic tastes from places such as Italy, Cuba, Ethiopia, and Louisiana. Executive chef Denise Miller creates a list of regionally themed plates such as the southern stack, which includes cream of wheat-crusted substitution chicken strewn across a bed of black-eyed peas and collard greens. Along with using local and sustainable ingredients, Fuel Vegetarian gives back to the community by donating $0.60 to local nonprofits every time a customer orders a dessert or successfully licks their elbow.
If you can't take a culinary tour of Italy, you could always stop in at Jaspare's Pizza instead. That's because the eatery sources many of its ingredients directly from Italy, lending extra authenticity to its made-from-scratch sauces and rustic pastas. Its biggest draw?pizza?doesn't disappoint, either. Italian classics including the lightly baked Sicilian Style and the creamy Chicken Alfredo mingle on the menu with American inventions such as the Sweet Memphis, which teams with barbecue sauce, chicken, ham, bacon, and pineapple.