After 30 years of curating and perfecting recipes, founders Linda and Julie unleashed their culinary powers to create a Roly Poly menu of more than 50 rolls and sandwiches, plus a tempting selection of desserts. Slinging sandwiches for catering, lunch, and dinner, the sandwich artisans envelop a variety of inventive ingredients inside warm, floury tortillas, from fresh vegetables to pesto chicken to mustard-splashed tuna. Customized sandwiches may also be rolled to suit various diets, preferences, or carbo-loading competitive mimes.
• For $7, you get $15 worth of in-house Mediterranean fare. • For $35, you get $70 worth of catered Mediterranean fare. Papouli’s Mediterranean Cafe and Market quells Corinthian cravings with a menu stocked full of Greek favorites and contemporary Mediterranean dishes. Accentuate a lively debate about first-century Olympians with sharable sides, such as hummus ($3.50) or eggplant-blended baba gannouj ($3.50), smooth dipping sauces perfect for skinny-dipping pitas. Entree-minded diners meet carnivorous cravings with souvlaki plates (chicken $9.25, lamb $11.99), savory spears of marinated meat grilled with green pepper and onion and served over rice pilaf with Greek salad and bread. Alternatively, appease corporate crowds with catered fare ($5.99/person), such as dolmades, seasoned rice and raisins gift-wrapped in marinated grape leaves, or beef and lamb gyros. Pastryphiles can mow down spanakopita, a wedge of spinach, feta cheese, and phyllo dough that doubles as a discus when frozen.
Wielding an array of fresh ingredients, Caliente's rolls out generously stuffed California-style burritos under the watchful eyes of its hungry customers. Each bean bundle comes with a choice of flour, wheat, or spinach tortillas; steak, chicken, or ground beef; and black or pinto beans. Train your taste buds for a tussle with The Thrilla from the Grilla, a pugilistic package of meat, rice, beans, and cheese seared to crispy greatness on the grill ($6.25). Or help your date overlook your own slovenly habits by juxtaposing them with the Seriously Sloppy nachos, a multilayered mass of tortilla chips, cheese dip, meat, pico de gallo, sour cream, guacamole, lettuce, and chipotle-ranch dressing ($6.50).
Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
Jocks & Jills sates sports-lovers with a menu of classic American cuisine served in an athletics-championing atmosphere. Rev your hunger engine with a 10-piece set of original buffalo wings ($7.99), available in nine different sauce styles, or make room on the mantelpiece of your stomach for a bowl of made-from-scratch Trophy chili ($4.29). Bread bookended bites include the Hall of Fame burger ($6.99), a half-pound of beef and overly emotional speeches, and the Philly Fanatic, topped with rib-eye steak, onions, peppers, and cheese ($7.99). Jill's Berry Walnut salad culls together fresh strawberries and raspberry vinaigrette ($6.49), and a full-rack of the Back-to-Back baby-back ribs slathers the meat-marimba in hickory barbecue sauce ($18.99). Desserts include the quadruple chocolate-mousse torte ($4.99), which satisfies sweet teeth via a quartet of cocoa elements—one for each half in a football game.
Sporting a moniker inspired by the owners' daughter, Mia's Cafe (formerly Shelly's Corner Cafe) offers tasty renditions of traditional lunch café favorites. A menu of midday dishes kicks off with portions of lush greenery such as the chicken salad, a half garden salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, croutons, and a heap of tender chicken ($6.50). Kindergarten food critics give rave reviews to the namesake Mia's PB&J ($2.34), while dual-acting parental agents tag along for an assortment of toasted options, including a freshly made chicken salad sandwich ($4.45) or a rye-flanked corn beef Reuben topped with an alliterative array of swiss, sauerkraut, and dressing ($5.50)—all offered on a variety of breads. Carb-evading diners may choose to bundle disorderly toppings of the roasted turkey and swiss, club, or chicken salad into a neatly packed wrap optimized for on-the-go eating ($5.50).