Cooking was always LaDonna Andeel's passion, but when she opened LD's Specialties & Gourmet Cafe in January 2009, it became her business as well. Now, she spends her days doing what she loves: baking fresh quiche, crafting gourmet sandwiches to pair with pots of fragrant tea, and getting to know the patrons who stop by. She also bakes specialty desserts for private events held in her café or at offsite locations. For children's parties, LaDonna brings out a castle backdrop, pintsize tables draped with shimmering pink or powder-blue tablecloths, and other whimsical decorations.
A vortex of pastas, steaks, burgers, and pizzas swirls around specialty barbecue cuisine inside Harry's American Grill & Bar's menu of phalange-licking American fare culled from scratch. Furnish vacant stomach space with a layered, tender "fallin'-apart" brisket, dripping with Harry's succulent barbecue sauce and equipped with mashed potatoes and Texas toast ($11.99). Harry's meats, like actresses who portray Ronald Reagan playing Hamlet, boast great range, their roles spanning widely from the grilled chili cheeseburger ($6.49) to the certified Angus eight-ounce grilled sirloin ($12.99). Meanwhile, each of 12 sandwiches, such as the BLT ($5.49) or the Philly steak ($7.49), can team up finely with one of nine imported beers. Harry's American Grill & Bar also occupies green thumbs with a handheld veggie pita ($6.49), which bursts at the seams with mushrooms, red cabbage, Swiss cheese, red onions, and patched with a tasty coating of honey mustard dressing.
Native to New Mexico, the green chile is packed with vitamin C and produces an endorphin high with each bite, so it's no wonder that it's the starring ingredient at Green Chile Kitchen. Along with red chile, the all-purpose veggie makes its journey from Bueno Foods, a half-century old food company that's also native to the state, directly to Green Chile Kitchen's made-from-scratch dishes. It then casts its capsaicin spells from menu items including green-chile pork quesadillas and stuffed poblanos. These pepper-laden meals share the billing with other New Mexican dishes such as tamales, red chile chicken posole, and flat enchiladas, which aren't recommended for 18th-century explorers.
Tony's Pizzeria and Gyros hosts a menu of piping-hot Greek cuisine, Italian dishes, and New York–style pizza. Hands knead fresh dough and concoct fresh sauce every day to accompany Tony's special blend of spices. Ravening hoards can top two large single-topping pizzas with pie plumage including pepperoni, onion, bacon, and jalapeño, as well as a choice of garlic bread or a 2-liter bottle of soda ($11.99). Specialty pizzas may be spangled with two to eight different pie-toppers ($6.99 for a medium). Rather than tossing a perfectly good origami collection into the oven, harness the deliciousness of folded treats with a chicken or traditional gyro, in which heaps of meat nestle into a pita drizzled in homemade cucumber sauce ($4.59). A honey-drenched chunk of homemade baklava aptly concludes Mediterranean meals ($1.15).
Miller Grill adds sizzle to juicy burgers, Coney Island hot dogs, and breakfast plates. Western omelettes put an egg roof over ham, bell peppers, onion, tomato, and cheddar cheese heads ($6.29), and biscuits and gravy ($1.69/$2.39) build a nutritional foundation in stomachs. Miller Grill sates latter-day cravings by way of its famous cheeseburger ($3.69) and fried onion patty ($3.09), which elicits tears of joy from tastes buds. A menu of encased meats lists 21 styles of Nathan's all-beef hot dogs, such as reuben dogs, piled with swiss cheese, kraut, and thousand island dressing ($3.60), and scrambled dogs, boldly flavored with chopped ground beef, chili, cheese, and onion ($2.65).
The Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt enterprise boasts nearly 200 locations, cooling tongues everywhere from Mississippi to Australia. At each colorful shop, customers have total control over their cups, first selecting a combination of yogurt flavors from dozens of low-calorie options and then swinging by the toppings bar to pile on pieces of fruit, sprinkles of granola, crumbles of brownie, or an entire family of gummy bears. Yogurt flavors range from pineapple, chocolate, and no-sugar-added vanilla, to more complex blends, such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo cookie cake.