Starting a diner at the age of 14 and a pizzeria at 17 seemed natural to Athanasios Chris Karamesines, who hails from a long line of restaurateurs. Since opening the pizzeria in 1969, Chris has built his business on fresh ingredients, hand-tossed dough, and signature pizzas baked in wood- or gas-fired ovens.
The staff at Orange Leaf rejects the oft-touted claim that Americans don’t care about nutrition. The problem, they say, has more to do with selection than anything else; most low-calorie sweets don’t hold a candle to a fudge brownie or a warm slice of apple pie. They kept this in mind when crafting their frozen-yogurt recipes, working tireless to develop a healthy—and equally delicious—alternative to the dessert status quo by turning to decadent confections and just-picked fruits for inspiration.
Their experiments thus far have yielded more than 60 frozen yogurt flavors, which take turns pumping through the self-serve machines that line their colorful shop’s wall. Before taking a seat in a bright orange chair, guests fill their dishes with cool, low-fat swirls of chocolate cheesecake, strawberry banana, and a classic tart that bites as pleasantly as a teething kitten. Juicy pears, crunchy granola, and gooey chocolate sauce headline a smorgasbord of at least 30 toppings ready to scooped or poured into cups before their final weigh-in.
Ken and Judy Zinszer began their days as restaurateurs at New Castle’s Zinszer’s Deli in the early '80s. A baking mishap wound up producing a batch of irresistible cookies, and Ken and Judy sensed an opportunity. Shifting their focus to baking full-time, they opened Zinszer Bakery & Cookies in Anderson in 1987. Their signature item remains the Zinszer cookie, an all-natural treat made in styles including white-chocolate-chip nut, double chocolate chip, and lemon cooler. Every month the bakers change out one flavor for a new one, so customers will always have new options to eat or use as roofs on damaged gingerbread houses. They also bake items for gifts and events such as baklava, cookie and brownie boxes, and decorated cookie cakes and cheesecakes.
Founded in 1958 as a single pancake house in the Midwestern United States, Perkins Family Restaurant & Bakery has since expanded into more than 440 locations across North America. Under each iconic green roof and striped awnings, friendly servers dish out freshly made comfort foods, including breakfast items?served all day?such as three-egg omelets and pancakes covered in Perkins' house syrup. More than 90 items fill out the lunch and dinner menus, from ground-chuck burgers cooked medium-well to triple-decker club sandwiches loaded with slices of Butterball turkey.