Overseen by classically trained chef Jenn DiSanto, Fresco's busy kitchen churns out fresh, made-from-scratch meals for people with little time to cook. Clients can view the weekly menu online before calling ahead to place their order or stopping into the storefront to mime their favorite foods. Dine on Mediterranean chicken, sautéed with shallots, olives, and white wine and served with orzo (a value of $15 for single servings or $50 for family size), or opt for the vegetarian pasta alla Norma (a value of $13 for single servings or $45 for family size). Locally produced ingredients are used when possible, and simple reheating instructions come with the meals, so no Kelvin-to-Fahrenheit conversions are necessary.
Staff members at Tropical Smoothie Cafe whirl blenderfuls of healthy fruits into eclectic smoothies and transform fresh veggies into a full menu of salads and wraps. A mix of pineapple, orange, and nonfat yogurt imbues a Hawaiian Breeze with 24 ounces of sweet and tangy flavor ($4.29), and the Sunny Day smoothie ($4.29) blends a fusion of mangos, banana, orange, kiwi, and a poem about waterfalls. Patrons can also chase libations with savory wraps such as the Jamaican-style jerk chicken ($6.49), or the Totally Turkey ($6.49), a classic combination of turkey, lettuce, tomatoes, and a an affirmation written by Mom on a post-it.
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).
No two pizzas are created alike, but most of them look about the same. Not so at Jet?s Pizza, a carry-out and delivery-only establishment created in 1978 by brothers Eugene and John Jett?their signature pie layers tomato or barbecue sauce and melted mozzarella cheese within the crispy, brown right angles of a deep-dish square crust. But the crust?s charms don?t end there; diners can ?flavorize? it for free with seasonings such as shredded parmesan or the Turbo Crust, a blend of butter, garlic, and romano. These extras are what make Jet?s pizzas special; John Jett says ?If you're eating one of our pizzas and you don't have a smile on your face, then something is wrong." In addition to pies, Jet?s serves four flavors of chicken wings, subs, and breadsticks at locations spread across 13 states and two extrasolar planets.