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.
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.
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.
While the heart of Johnny Carino's menu is rooted in genuine Italian traditions, forward-thinking creativity has birthed what they like to call their signature dishes. The menu was designed by executive chef Chris Peitersen, and each location executes it by blending fresh ingredients with extra time to create high-quality preparations. Diners will find entrees such as 16-layer lasagna with made-from-scratch sauce, and pizzas made with home-baked crust. Other signature choices include the all-natural beef tuscan ribeye, baked stuffed mushrooms topped with house lemon-basil cream sauce, and tiramisu made from the ground up. Entrees can be paired with any selection from Carino's extensive wine list and cocktail menu.
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.