The sandwich artists at Silver Mine Subs take a no grilling or frying approach to designing bread-bound eats, putting the spotlight on fresh, crisp ingredients. Browse the menu in search of the Steam Engine, a warm hoagie stuffed with meatballs, marinara sauce, and provolone (5", $4.19), or the turkey-and-avocado-packed Caribou (8", $5.79). For a more flavorful punch than a chocolate-dipped boxing glove, patrons can aggravate the Mother Lode's layers of roast beef, turkey, ham, and salami (11", $9.79). Complement subs with a piping-hot cup of broccoli-cheese soup ($2.99) or a garden salad sprinkled with fat-free ranch dressing ($3.99).
Pizza enthusiasts have long been divided by a contentious debate: thick or thin crust? Rather than miss out on either kind of crust by picking sides, the cooks at WhichWay Pizza knead a crust that falls somewhere in between. These pizza bases are pleasantly chewy, but still thin enough to be picked up and eaten without a fork and knife, unlike famous styles such as the Chicago deep-dish crust or the Atlantis fish-crust. On top of a WhichWay Pizza crust might rest one of 10 specialty pie combinations, including the jalapeño and buffalo chicken Firecracker and the playfully named Kids, topped only with the pizzeria’s seven-cheese blend. Crusts can also be customized with combinations diners select from the pizzeria’s six sauces and 18 ingredients such as Ranchapeno sauce and pepperoncini. For dessert, the versatile crusts might transform into apple-streusel- or cherry-flavored treats, which, like regular pizzas, emerge from the oven piping hot in fewer than four minutes, roughly the same time it takes tomatoes and sausages to melt into a meat sauce.
It's not too unusual for a superhero or princess to stop by in full costume to delight the children at Cool Beans Playhouse. But the spot wasn't just built with little ones in mind—it's a combination café-playspace that parents and kids to enjoy together.
Kids age 6 and younger skip past surrealist tree sculptures to clamber up the twisty stairs into the clubhouse before careening down a shiny slide. In the Pretend Play area, a tiny kitchen and grocery store allow kids to play their favorite game—trying to shop within the pretend food budget of their pretend household. Meanwhile, a Quiet Play area is stocked with books and games. While their brood plays, parents sip fresh-brewed coffee drinks, and during breaks, families can refuel together on the café's healthful fare, including salads, wraps, and smoothies.
Since not all of us have the luxury of eating our way around the globe, places like International Appetite Bistro have made it their primary goal to bring all the most interesting cuisines of the world under one roof. In addition to their invisible catering services, Chef Paula prepares a daily menu of eclectic edibles, such as international tapas and warm, fudgy brownies drizzled with fresh whipped cream and chocolate sauce. And of course, what is great food without a good glass of wine to wash it all down? The bistro's extensive wine list offers a comprehensive selection of interesting vinos, served straight from the barrel by the glass or in a carafe, or drawn from the cellar in bottles.
Ingredient restaurant offers a smorgasbord of gourmet and customizable culinary bites in a quick-serve atmosphere, catering to dietary restrictions whenever possible. Local ingredients claim squatter's rights on the menu, sprucing up dishes such as the custom salads ($8.95), with more than 75 options to arrange into fully functioning veggie ecosystems.
The lens-wielders at Cathcart Photography travel to beautiful natural surroundings to capture special moments with vivid photographs that have been highlighted in Range Finder Magazine. Preserve precious memories through the magic of Nikon professional-grade equipment. After the shoot, a photon wrangler will encode high-resolution images on a DVD to share with family and friends or print.