In 1960, brothers Tom and James Monaghan decided to get $500 together and buy local pizzeria Domi-Nick's in Ypsilanti, Michigan. More than 50 years later, the Monaghans had sold their creation, with more than 9,000 Domino's Pizzas peppering the globe from New Delhi to New York. The pizza chain's menu ranges from pizzas to pastas and boneless chicken wings, side-kicked by their bread sticks and bites, which simmer in garlic before being baked to golden crispiness. Since the reboot of their traditional recipe in 2009, Domino's now offers more than 37 toppings to craft a build-your-own pizza or decorate your neighbor's car.
The staffers at Uptown Caf? lovingly craft baked goods, sandwiches, and other caf? creations. Breakfast staples such as blueberry muffins sate morning appetites, while homemade chicken salads and toasted-cheese sandwiches quiet grumbling stomachs at lunch.Tall stacks of fresh-baked chocolate-chip cookies and decadent cranberry-orange scones top off meals. Housed inside a chic 19th-century storefront, Uptown Caf? invites eaters to sip coffee and stay a while or build a towering chair fort and stay forever.
Inspired by the culinary traditions of Thailand, China, Japan, India, and other Asian nations, Asian Grill's extensive evening offerings are made from scratch, ensuring that your flavor journey to the Far East won't necessitate hot air balloon theft. Chef Hout Heng conjures starters such as crab wontons, filled with a creamy blend of cheese, green onion, and real crab meat ($5.95), and lightly seasoned calamari with a spicy sambal aioli ($6.50). Entrees such as the curry beef plant succulent chunks of beef in a yellow curry sauce concocted from peanuts, lemongrass, palm sugar, and coconut milk ($14), whereas the wasabi chicken marries two planks of panko-breaded poultry under a romantic drizzle of spicy wasabi sauce ($13). Asian Grill also offers midday fare in the form of lunch plates, wraps, noodle dishes, and rice bowls. Tofu can also be substituted for meat in most dishes.
Dick's draws in diners with a menu heavily concentrated in authentic, Texas-style barbecue. As with the healing of wounds and the forgetting of birthdays, time is the key ingredient of Dick's marvelous meats, which are hickory-smoked on location for as long as 12 hours to help each bite reach its palate-rocking potential. Use your jaw-mounted mouth knives to slice into barbecued chicken leg quarters ($8.99 for a four-piece plate), the rib sampler ($13.99), or a pulled pork and chopped chicken plate ($12.79)—all served with the sauce on the side, to let the flavor of the meat take center stage. Alternatively, take a flavor-fueled tour of protein paradise with Dick's Traditional Texas Feast ($17.99), which partners three ribs, half a pound of sliced brisket, and smoked sausage. A selection of sandwiches, including options such as pulled pork ($4.59), Texas hot links ($4.59), and sliced turkey ($4.99), pairs the same great meat with the latest in bread-based food grippers.
Mudsocks Grill serves eclectic American cuisine to save hungry eaters from haunted home kitchens. Start ingestion sessions with chili con queso ($8.50) before scarfing down a Mudsocks chicken portpbello wrap ($10) or fish 'n' chips ($14). Parched mouths sip on 12 on-tap brews or picks from the extensive martini and wine lists, and the friendly, attentive serving staff tries to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…."
The first thing you want to do with a hot pizza is dig in, but if you're so inclined, go ahead and count the pepperoni first. Donatos promises that every pepperoni pizza, sized large or larger, will have at least 100 slices of lean pepperoni spread across the pie. That's just one of the many flourishes that Donatos, founded in 1963, has used to distinguish itself from the rest. There's also its Edge to Edge promise: a guarantee that every pie will be loaded from one end to the other with toppings, from said pepperoni slices to family-recipe sausage to fresh, hand-cut veggies. Donatos' formula seems to have worked, as the once small Italian eatery now spans the nation with more than 150 locations.
Beyond its classic pizzas, Donatos offers many specialty pies, including its chicken spinach mozzarella and Mariachi beef. Each is framed with naturally smoked, aged provolone cheese on top and cornmeal-encrusted dough, from a 50-year old recipe, below. Donatos even offers gluten-free pizzas on its signature Udi's crust. For those searching out other Italian fare, the menu features robust stromboli stuffed with meats and cheeses, and hearty subs. And for dessert, Donatos creates its warm cinnamon brick-street bread, an oven-baked loaf of artisan pull-apart bread with cinnamon spread, streusel, and vanilla icing.