Steinert's Grill & Pub features eclectic pub favorites with an emphasis on southern, German, and Irish cuisines. For a Bavarian appetizer via the bluegrass state, try the kraut balls ($5.95), delightfully brazen deep-fried balls of sauerkraut served with thousand-island dressing. The open-faced Horseshoe sandwich (grilled chicken breast covered in homemade fries, bacon, and cheddar-cheese sauce, $7.95) and the slow-cooked, rib-rubbed beef Brontosaurus Ribs dinner ($15.95) will have you sated and pining for leopard-print-clad ancestral days. Or flaunt your sharing skills with a crispy Steinert pizza. Take a look at the oft-updated selection of Daily Specials to impress your dinner companions with your powers of foresight.
CiCi's Pizza fills appetite tanks of all sizes with a buffet menu of endless Italian eats ($4.99/person). Tomato sauce and whole-milk mozzarella decorate each pizza's made-from-scratch crust, while troupes of toppings, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and jalapeño, or buffalo chicken and horned prairie mushroom, crown the pie in combinations more classic than funyun binges and shame. Servings of pastas bathe in hearty marinara sauce, while three signature hand-tossed salads complement the full, fresh salad bar. Seal the meal with a slice of apple pizza, a frosted cinnamon roll, or enough warm brownies to build a to-scale model of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
More than 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
From its humble beginnings as a single orange-juice stand in Los Angeles, Orange Julius has blossomed into a worldwide purveyor of refreshing blended smoothies and fresh fruit drinks. Slurp a large smoothie (a $5.73 value each) in one of more than a dozen flavors, such as pomegranate and berries, a blend of low-fat frozen yogurt and three ruby-hued fruits, or tropical tango, a mix of pineapple, banana, orange sherbet, and tropical fruit juice. Light smoothies each contain 250 or fewer calories, acquiring their sweetness from fresh fruits, a light sprinkling of Splenda, and afternoons spent reading Nancy Drew mysteries. Or hold the ice and sip a namesake large Julius fruit drink (a $4.44 value each) available in the shop’s famous signature orange or 1 of 13 other frothy flavors, perfect for quenching thirst after a long day of stamp licking.
Coffee from local Sunergos Roastery ($1.65) and specialty teas ($1.65) make each cup a memorable quaff, and the fresh-fruit smoothies and shakes ($4.50) are a cool way to relax in the newly expanded lounge. Mrs. Potter's also offers breakfast, lunch, and small plates from 4 p.m. to close, so complement your latte ($3.40) with an early morning quiche of the day (with side of bacon and fresh fruit, $4.95), ham and brie panini at noontime ($7.95), or evening hummus plate with vegetables ($6).
As diners look on, the skilled sauce-slingers at Luigi's Pizzeria launch traditional, thin-crust Italian pizzas off of wooden paddles and into the fiery depths of a glistening metallic oven. Homemade marinara swirls around golden pies or slices, and the tomatoey elixir also sloshes around in jars that are available for customers to purchase or use to trap butterfly-shaped meatballs. Sidecars of marinara accompany calzone-style pizza rolls crafted from fresh dough and fillings, and forks twirl through pastas swathed in vegetarian sauce or meaty bolognese. Exposed bricks, black-and-white photographs, and colorful paintings enliven the dining room at Luigi's Pizzeria, and guests are welcome to retreat to the outdoor patio.
Gavi’s Restaurant acts as a diner diplomat, providing home-style cosmopolitan cuisine for lunch and breakfast. Sandwiches such as the chicken cordon bleu ($5.25) and the Reuben with chips ($5.50) vie for selective spots in diners’ food tanks, and the cheeseburger ($2.25) and double cheeseburger ($2.80) rely on their distinguishing grill marks to woo the hungry. Rotating daily specials such as two cabbage rolls ($5.75) and ravioli with garlic bread ($6.25, no vegetable) expertly blend Russian and Italian culture into a delicious lunchshake. For breakfast, the egg sandwich ($1.75, with meat $2.85, with meat and cheese $3.25) offers a heartily wholesome start, and three hotcakes with syrup ($3.50) silence the morning moans of a yearning sweet tooth.