Adrienne & Co Donuts and Desserts fries a fresh batch of donuts every day. Each globe is then glazed, spindled, or stuffed with fruity filling before being shepherded to hungry mouths. Cake donuts come in a variety of flavors including plain, blueberry, and chocolate, and its specialty treats, such as cinnamon twists and apple fritters, pair nicely with mugs of steaming coffee.
At CiCi’s Pizza, feasters can sample hearty slices of pizza and a wide selection of buffet fare ($4.99 per person 11 and older, $2.99 for kids 10 and under. Drinks are extra.) Offering endless helpings of fresh salads, tantalizing pastas, tasty desserts, and oven-fresh pizzas, CiCi’s tames the most voracious hunger attacks via all-you-can-eat tactics. Pizza dough is made fresh daily and doused in a savory sauce crafted from vine-ripened tomatoes and prescience-instilling spices, while salads are hand-tossed with the freshest ingredients delivered hourly via teleportation.
Connected by an asphalt web of highways, state roads, and thoroughfares, blocky yellow signs gleam nonstop, casting a dandelion glow from the words “Waffle House.” The booths at the eateries fill 24 hours each day with the aromas of sizzling pork chops, Jimmy Dean sausage, and endless mugs of coffee. Line cooks brown shredded potatoes on a grill as waiters shout back in a language all their own for hash browns “smothered,” “covered,” or “topped”—served with onions, cheese, or chili, respectively. Angus burgers and steak melts share space on the rippling-hot surface at all times of day, allowing tired drivers to stop for food when they are on a long journey or just listening to an 11-hour drum solo on the radio. The first Waffle House switched on its lights in 1955, and some menu items still bear the names of Waffle House staff of the past, including Bert's chili from Dallas and Alice's iced tea.
The vintage-looking red-and-white walk-up window at Mom & Pop?s Cone Corner belies the contemporary twists the staff puts on their treats, topping ice cream with everything from seasonal fruits to chocolate-covered ants. They concoct more than 70 uniquely named desserts, including the There?s A Frog In My Throat?vanilla ice cream topped with marshmallows, crème de menthe, and chocolate chips?and the Rudy Kazooty?vanilla ice cream paired with cherry, fresh peaches, banana, and vanilla wafers. To pair with these cool concoctions, staffers grill up classic American eats such as burgers, chilidogs, and fried sticks on sticks.
As soon as the scent of sizzling meat meets the nose, planning meals becomes easy as can be. That's because B3Q Barbecue's grillmasters prepare meals for both in-house dining and take-out service, pairing meat with sides for a family pack dinner. They specialize in juicy pulled pork, pulled chicken, sausages, tender racks of ribs, and flavorful beef brisket, all of which can be paired with the homestyle sides of choice. These include staples such as corn pudding, mac and cheese, and cheesy coleslaw, as well as the daily dessert option.
Great Harvest Bread Co.'s expert bakers specialize in mixing together tasty delicacies and healthy, homemade breads crafted from scratch daily with freshly milled whole-wheat flour. Like a child's favorite stock picks, Great Harvest Bread Co.'s bread selection changes each day of the week and can include luscious loaves of honey whole wheat and Dakota bread—a baked bundle of pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and millet. The shelves also regularly stock gluten-free and high-fiber varieties. Deli sandwiches ($5.75–$6.75 for a whole, $3.00–$3.50 for a half) range from smoked turkey and pepper jack stacks to the Tuscan chicken, which piles a grilled chicken breast with aged provolone, red onions, and sun-dried tomato pesto. For carb connoisseurs who prefer breaded delights that are easily juggled, Great Harvest Bread Co. bakes scones, muffins, and cookies.