The family that owns Tacos and Company is dedicated to authenticity. Since they opened the first of their three locations in 1991, they've been crafting burritos, seafood tacos, and steaks by drawing upon techniques honed at Mexico's food stands, rural kitchens, and guacamole rivers. Fresh produce and seafood, lard-free beans, and premium meats—like slow-cooked carnitas—join up with house marinade and daily made salsas. Every single corn chip lands on a plate the day it emerges from the fryer. Vegetarian options abound, too. The eatery's catering skills are praised by clients.
The bread pans and baking trays begin clattering early at Cinnamon Productions, announcing the bakers’ 4 a.m. arrival. It’s during these hours before dawn that the bakery’s team brings everything from sandwich bread to signature cinnamon rolls, which they pepper with actual ground cinnamon, to golden brown fruition. Once out of the oven, the freshly made goods crowd the eatery’s display case, tempting patrons to pair them with cups of coffee, scrambled eggs, or one of seven gourmet sandwiches. Every now and then, one of the staffers will pluck a few of the fresh cinnamon rolls to create a catering order, gift basket, or convincing Princess Leia headpiece.
Jerry has dedicated his life to the pursuit of a good dog. After discovering the burst of flavor that resulted from roasting hot dogs over a wood fire, he developed his wood-fired recipes with the help of a master sausage maker. Now, Jerry's Wood-Fired Dogs serves all-beef hot dogs, internationally inspired sausages, and hefty Steakhouse Burgers loaded with more than 30 free toppings and sauces. For enjoyment outside the dinning room, Jerry's goes a step beyond carryout by offering on-site catering services with Jerry's signature wood-fire grill.
A flurry of activity fills the kitchen at Ollie & Jax Pub 'n Pizza, where staffers prepare flatbreads, pizza crusts, pasta sauce, french fries, and other ingredients by hand in-house. These freshly baked flatbreads envelop sandwiches such as chicken parmesan and spicy steak and ranch, and the alfredo-and-marinara Ollie & Jax signature sauce tops plates of penne or angel-hair pastas. Pizzas with thin, traditional, or gluten-free crusts don specialty toppings such as spinach and ricotta, spicy chicken in honey-habanero sauce, or the Award-Winning White, whose blend of garlic sauce, cheeses, tomato, and onion can be pinned to diners' lapels next to their 4-H ribbons. Nine flat-screen high-definition TVs dapple the dining-room walls, where they broadcast sports such as NCAA basketball and NHL hockey games. Ollie & Jax also hosts special events, such as car-and-bike shows.