Gambino's Pizza, an eatery with locations in five states, makes a pizza for nearly every palate. German pizzas with sauerkraut, taco pizzas, and even dessert pizzas with fruit and frosting are but a few of the specialties that cooks fashion on regular or low-carb crusts. They also prepare pasta dishes, crisp salads, and hefty sub sandwiches.
Though the entrees at The Dixie Cafe make the biggest splash across its menu marquee, they're threatened with gastronomical upstaging by the southern-style eatery's 19 sides and scratch-made gravies. The chicken-fried steak, for example, is a tender, hand-breaded fillet that fully blossoms with flavor only after chefs smother it with cream gravy and cheddar cheese. And the Cajun grilled catfish's down-home taste isn't fully developed until it is paired up with bites of turnip greens, fried okra, or a homemade roll. The classic platter meals take advantage of this by pairing an entree with two sides, rolls, and jalapeño cornbread and can be ordered "light" for a portion that's smaller than the regular size and easier to toss in the air and catch in your mouth.
The Amish Cheese House culls cheeses, meats, and more from Amish communities in the local area, Ohio, and Pennsylvania to fill mouths and appease appetites. Titillate taste buds with a collection of more than 40 cheese varieties, such as american, habanero jalapeño, southwestern salsa, lacey swiss, and extra-sharp cheddar. Peruse a display case brimming with deli meats from local sources before picking up an enticing pound of liverwurst or using a sample of cajun turkey wrapped in a layer of lebanon bologna to convince a live bear to act as a living room rug for a day. Patrons can also choose from a selection of gift boxes and a collection of miscellaneous goods, including locally made jellies, old-fashioned candies, granola, pastas, coffee, and tea. Though prices vary as much as the ingredients used to make cheese-in-a-can, cheeses start at $3 for a small slice and can range up to more than $25 for larger portions, Meats range from $7 to $20 per pound, and sugar-free chocolates start at $10.
Amid a 7,000 square-foot eatery adorned in wicker accents, the chefs at Chutnys draw inspiration from both North and South India, which yields a lengthy menu of dishes that differ in terms of spiciness and use of the color puce. All the meat used in curry and barbecue meals are prepared according to halal traditions, while the restaurant’s vegetarian dishes are rich in spinach, cheese, and spices—making them no less flavorful than their meaty counterparts. Chutnys invites larger events into their banquet hall, where they present aromatic feasts for groups as small at 10 and as large as 250.
Within The Pink House's elegant environs, guests laze their way through teatime and beyond with a plethora of loose-leaf liquids served next to an extensive menu of house-made soups and sandwiches. With more than 50 varieties to choose from, pots of loose-leaf tea ($2.99), help sippers brush up on etiquette while extending the pinky finger, entire arm, or prehensile ponytail of their choosing. Sandwiches made from freshly baked bread include the Summer Garden, with layers of cucumbers, alfalfa sprouts, avocado, and a victory garden's worth of other vegetables ($7.49). Gobble a savory slice of the smoky ham and cheese quiche ($8.49) or indulge spice-seeking palates with the southwestern cobb salad—a toothsome mixture of romaine lettuce, grilled chicken, egg, and bacon tossed with Tex-Mex-inspired vegetables before getting drizzled and dressed with salsa ($7.49). Chocolate radars will ecstatically short-circuit when in close proximity to the shop's hot, gooey baked fudge, decadently topped with a dollop of whipped cream ($3.99 for whole).
The Belvidere Tea Room serves light lunch fare and pots of fine tea Tuesday–Saturday on the first floor of a 9,000-square-foot Belvidere mansion. Built in the early 1900s, the castle-like Victorian home still evokes the grandeur of its past with period furniture, pressed-tin walls, and original woodwork and trim brought from the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. Complimentary tours offer guests a glimpse into the mansion's many chambers, including a grand ballroom adorned with gold chandeliers.