A vortex of burgers, steaks, and sandwiches swirls around specialty barbecue cuisine inside Harry's American Grill & Bar's menu of phalange-licking American fare culled from scratch. The grill's burgers, like actresses who portray Ronald Reagan playing Hamlet, demonstrate great range, auditioning to play everything from the grilled chili cheeseburger ($6.69) to the Tex Mex–inspired guacamole burger ($6.69). Furnish vacant stomach space with a layered hickory burger, dripping with Harry's succulent hickory sauce and equipped with cheddar cheese, mayo, and pickles ($6.25). Each of 12 sandwiches, such as the double-decker club ($7.29) and the philly steak ($7.49), can form a tag-team with one of eight imported beers, risking disqualification in order to double-suplex hunger. The sandwich selection also occupies green thumbs with a handheld veggie pita ($6.49), which bursts at the seams with mushrooms, red cabbage, swiss cheese, and red onions and is patched with a tasty coating of honey-mustard dressing.
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.
Owner Ricardo Lopez infuses each of his restaurant’s dishes with the distinctive flavors of Mexico, peppering marinated slices of chicken with chipotle spices and grilling steak with onions and peppers in an iron skillet. Couples and families sit at tables strewn with complimentary chips, queso, and salsa as they carve into cheesy chilies rellenos or fashion house-made flour tortillas into origami sombreros. Open seven days a week, the restaurant hosts special celebrations inside a private dining area and delivers orders of at least 10 entrees.
Smashburger's chefs cook each Smashburger ($4.99+) on the menu to order, in addition to crafting grilled and crispy Smashchicken sandwiches ($5.99+), Smashsalads ($4.99–6.99), and Smashsides such as rosemary and garlic-tossed Smashfries ($1.99–$2.99). The Smashburger pairs 100% Angus beef with veggies and cheeses on an artisan bun, and Häagen-Dazs shakes keep mouths grounded, cool, and smiley ($3.99–$4.29). Add-ons such as applewood-smoked bacon ($1.50) or fried egg ($1.00) add additional zest to spicy baja ($5.99+) burgers overflowing with chipotle mayo, or further personalize regional burgers unique to different cities and states.
As the vice president of culinary development at Carino's Italian and recipient of training in Positano, Italy, chef Chris Peitersen masterminds a fresh approach to Italian fare that incorporates stateside favorites into a menu of authentic dine-in, carryout, and catered cuisine. Chef Peitersen helps Carino's string of more than 150 casual eateries to emulate the open-concept kitchen of Italian homes and treehouses de-roofed by wind gusts by ensuring each dish is flavorful and sourced from fresh ingredients. Simple dishes lean on quality ingredients and preparation from scratch as opposed to overpowering embellishments. The baked lasagna exemplifies this philosophy, showcasing 16 layers crafted in-house every morning from italian sausage and beef. As diners act out the leisurely habits and competitive pasta throwing of traditional Italian meals, colorful dining rooms mask eco-friendly accouterments and practices such as cool roofs that reflect heat and cut energy intake.
Dedicated to spreading massage and its benefits, the skilled professionals at Integrated Massage Therapy College enlighten their pupils in the ways of knowledgeable kneading. Students and teachers are both available to leave muscular fibers singing as harmoniously as a barbershop quartet, instead of screeching like the lead singer in a Norwegian death-metal barbershop quartet. Integrated Massage Therapy College also dedicates itself to bringing massage to the community by giving chair massages at public events and providing public workshops to help fight the scourge of aching feet and knotted backs.
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).