While some barbecue chefs take sides on the age-old debate about the best cuts and sauces, the grill masters at Jefferson Street BBQ are happy to just serve all of them. They smoke cuts of pulled pork, beef brisket, and slabs of baby back ribs, pairing them with housemade sides such as potato salad, green beans with bacon, and jalapeño corn bread. Their barbecue defines almost every dish, gracing sandwiches, nachos, baked potatoes, even salads. The pulled pork nacho platter, for example, features smoked bacon, nacho cheese, jalapeños, avocados, and your choice of barbecue sauce.
On Sunday mornings, chefs put away the menus and instead stock their buffet table with brunch favorites such as gravy-drizzled biscuits, fried Yukon potatoes, smoked bacon, and waffles. At the omelet station, they cook eggs to order so guests can customize dishes without sending scans of their taste buds to the kitchen before meals.
Even World War II couldn't stop Mark Honeywell. It just slowed him down a little. After establishing himself in the business world by founding a Fortune 500 company, Honeywell committed to the creation of the Honeywell Memorial Community Center, dedicated to his late wife Olive and his parents. Construction began a year later, but the material and labor demands of the war did take a toll, stretching the process out over a decade. When the center was finally completed in 1952, it was obvious that community was at its heart: a roller rink and gymnasium gave residents a chance to bust out their skates and sneakers, and the lounge afforded grown-ups a place to play cards or talk about decoration schemes for their new nuclear-fallout shelters. More recent years have seen the addition of a 1,500 seat theater, a restaurant, and an art gallery.
In order to build her award-winning restaurant, executive chef and Kelties founder Keltie Domina not only crafted a menu brimming with creative recipes and gourmet ingredients, but sought to become a friendly and essential part of the surrounding community. To this end, her wait staff strives to acquaint themselves with every guest, greeting familiar customers by name, asking about their family, and guessing their blood type before leading them to tables swathed in white tablecloths. Steaming platters parade through the dining room, wafting aromas of beef wellington, new york strip steak, and herb-crusted tilapia through the olive and brick-studded space. Though the establishment focuses on the unhurried luxury of fine dining, work lunches find both savory and speedy completion with a selection of menu items able to be prepared in 15 minutes or less. On Sundays, the dining room hosts a smorgasbord of brunch favorites, where diners can feast on unlimited portions of eggs benedict, country sausage, and cinnamon rolls over counseling sessions with their alarm clocks. The eatery fills the air with live jazz on Thursdays and weekend nights, which can be heard as far as the sidewalk tables lined up outside the eatery's distinctive red façade.
The ovens at Mancino's Pizza & Grinders work overtime. They burn each day, turning out batches of the Lyell family's signature breadsticks, hot meat-and-cheese-covered grinders on freshly baked bread, and, of course, specialty or build-your-own pizzas. The ovens' interiors breathe thermal life into concoctions whose histories stretch far back in time. Their grinders were born—according to Mancino's menu—on the East Coast during World War I, when Italian immigrants served hearty sandwiches to shipyard workers who were grinding off rivets for warships. Near the ovens, cooks cover spaghetti and lasagna in handcrafted marinara sauce using an old family recipe known only to Grandma Lyell and her hairdresser. In addition to hardworking ovens, the restaurant's new location boasts four large-screen TVs and an ice-cream bar to cool down well-heated palates.
Papa Murphy’s serves up a tasty menu of handmade "take ‘n’ bake" pizzas created using dough, cheeses, meats, and veggies that are freshly prepared every day (prices listed below are average; actual prices vary by location). After customers choose their pie, Papa Murphy's personable pizza fashioners will build the pizza in-store and then package it for customers to bake at home in the oven. Customers can select one of Papa Murphy's signature pizzas or customize their pie to a more specific taste, culling from the four sauces, three crusts, and more than 20 toppings available. Watch as Papa Murphy’s pizza professionals corral the ingredients of a signature pizza such as the cowboy ($14.99 for the 16” family size), complete with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and black olives. Or request a Chicago-style stuffed pizza ($16.99 for the family size), packed with onions, mozzarella, four kinds of meat, and one of the most efficient public-transit systems in America. Thin-crust fans can opt for an herb chicken Mediterranean deLITE ($11.99 for a large), smothered with feta cheese, olive oil, and spinach. And veggievores can avail themselves of Papa Murphy’s gourmet vegetarian option ($15.99 for the family size), which comes saturated with a creamy garlic sauce. Side your pizza with an order of cheesy bread ($3.99) or a two-liter soda ($2.09).