Grand Slam Pizza's resident dough designers crown pies with 17 assorted toppings before baking them into bubbling, cheesy teething toys. Diners can thumb through the menu to test it for potential scratch-and-sniff capabilities and to select one of many specialty pizzas, such as the bacon cheeseburger, a delectable combination of crumbled hamburger, bacon, and mozzarella cheese (16", $14.99). Diners can also craft their own pies (16", $9.99) by mixing toppings ($1.25 each) as diverse as ham, black or green olives, sausage, and mushrooms. An order of 10 hot wings ($5.99) offers warmth to tongues cold from cleaning the freezer, and cinnamon stix with icing ($3.99) ensure that meals end as sweetly as a collision with an ice-cream truck.
Margaritas Mexican Cantina hardly needs a sign to identify itself. The exterior shouts its affiliations with a tableaux of brightly colored murals depicting margarita glasses, limes, and cacti. This same vibrant motif of orange and lime-green hues sprawls across the interior, highlighting the spacious restaurant's Mexican-themed decor and lending crucial context for the sombrero-wearing diners. Piping-hot platters of enchiladas, tacos, and quesadillas cover wooden tables as friendly waiters deliver glasses brimming with house margaritas. Back at the fully stocked bar, bartenders pour out an array of tequilas, such as Patrón and Don Julio, and top off beer glasses with a selection of domestic and imported brews. Flat-screen TVs add another layer of illumination to the interior of the cantina, while on the covered outdoor patio, diners relax beneath strings of lights.
Visitors at any of The Olive Tree Restaurant?s three locations bask in the tantalizing aroma of garlic drifting from the kitchen, which bustles with a lineup of expert chefs. Seated at a cozy table, guests dig into an array of traditional Greek and Italian dishes, taking alternating bites of veal parmesan and grecian scallops. And their mouth-watering Maryland crab cakes come from a special family recipe that was perfected at their sister restaurant Olive Grove in Maryland. Hosting outdoor dining, the Villa Rica restaurant shelters patrons beneath an awning-protected patio, and the Hiram location houses them in a quaint brick terrace flanked by lattices and the tendrils of hanging plants, which often sneak bites of baked pasta over diners' shoulders. The Hiram location further entertains the senses with live music during dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. At all three locations, patrons can wash down savory bites with wine, draft beer, and specialty cocktails from the full bar, and can request takeout or catering for special events and weddings.
The Bagel Meister satisfies insistent stomachs by boasting fresh-baked bread, homemade cream cheeses, and filler-free meats throughout its modest menu. Exploring new avenues in bagel architecture, stacking buffs sling bagel breakfast sandwiches, including lox and egg with piquant trimmings ($4.09).
• For $3, you get one pound of mix-and-match bulk candy (a $6.99 value). • For $3, you get two cups of single-scoop ice cream ($3.25 each; a $6.50 total value). • For $12, you get $25 to spend on anything in the store, including candy, drinks, and toys. The confection connoisseurs at Sweet Tooth Candy Company dole out sweet memories with retro candy and good old-fashioned treats. More than 50 varieties of bulk candy line the shelves, from bubble gum to caramel-filled Cow Tales to swirling rainbow lollipops. Beneath the lids of apothecary jars, timeless sweets such as Bit O' Honey, Sugar Daddy, and Licorice Laces fog up the glass and write backwards notes to passing jars of jellybeans, and caramel apples ($4.99) and more than 10 flavors of fudge ($6.99/half-pound) scowl through the rearview mirror. If nostalgic sweet teeth come up short in the search for hard-to-find brands, the boutique's candy curators will specially order the confection in question.
Big, bold flavors abound at Buffalo Joe's Eatery, where cooks grill italian sausages over open flames, toss chicken wings with Georgia Heat hot sauce, and pile half-pound burgers with toppings such as thick-cut bacon and grilled tomatoes. The menu is peppered with signature touches; for example, patrons can order freshly fried pork skins as a side, or spice up beer-battered cod sandwiches with jalapeños that are pickled in-house. Large sheets of paper line the eatery's tables, encouraging visitors to doodle while they dine.