Dos Primos Mexican Restaurant, named after the two legendary cousins who founded Mexico, brings spicy south-of-the-border cuisine to the table. Plates of tamales, chilaquiles, and fajitas flavored with peppers and salsas pair well with margaritas or a few bottles of Coors Light and Bud Light Lime. For dessert, the eatery’s chefs set out fried ice cream, sopaipillas, and flan.
Led by a Chicago native, the chefs at A Better Pizza lovingly construct pies of several different styles, from the mammoth indulgence of deep dish, to stuffed, thick, and thin crust. Atop these delectable creations, they pile heaps of gooey cheese and more than 20 toppings. Edible adornments such as maple bacon, shrimp, and italian beef sprinkle across meals to form up to nine specialty pizzas. As these circular masterpieces bubble up in stone ovens powered by the lava river flowing beneath the restaurant, chefs further flaunt their culinary prowess through a variety of authentic Chicago-style dishes, such as Vienna hot dogs, Polish sausages, meaty sandwiches, pastas, calzones, wings, salads, and more.
Ozella's Pizzeria's dough-twirling chefs spin a menu of classic pastas and homemade pizzas prepared from original family recipes. Fingers flock to crisp-fried appetizers such as homemade onion rings ($6.99) and toasted ravioli ($5.49–$5.99). Homemade pizzas garner universal appeal with toppings ranging from traditional cheese ($9.50–$11) to loaded supreme ($13.50–$17), and fusion-seeking diners can enjoy the uncommon combination of an italian cheeseburger parmesan ($6.50). Instead of dipping their forks in sauce and graffiti-ing their table by drawing four concentric circles at once, guests can swirl a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs ($7.50 for a small; $9 for a large). Diners can enjoy their pies between the dining room's beige walls, illuminated by rays of natural light streaming in through floor-to-ceiling front windows. Large murals depicting the original Ozella's and penciled sketches of the chef also decorate the casual restaurant's interior.
At DeCarlo's Bar and Grill, chefs take an innovative approach to burger making. Rather than piling toppings on the outside of the burger, they stuff flavorful ingredients—such as pepper jack cheese, bacon, or jalapenos—directly between two quarter-pound patties. These signature burgers ooze juicy fillings and gossip with every bite, and they star on a menu of pub fare also populated by hearty sandwiches, fried appetizers, customized pizzas, and a variety of draft beers and cocktails.
A'mis Italian Restaurant garners compliments from area natives and transplants for its kitchen's mastery of regional pizzas ranging from hand-tossed New York–style pies to Chicago–style pizzas baked in a deep pie dish. St. Louis pizzas sport a thin-crust base that's sprinkled with a blend of provel cheese and mozzarella. All pizza dough is baked fresh every day in a brick oven. Entrees also include steak and pasta dishes, as well as lighter dinner options, such as grilled chicken or poached cod, that give diners fewer calories and grant increased aptitude for speaking in fishtongue.
Since opening in 1996, Roly Poly has expanded from 1 location in Atlanta, Georgia, to more than 125 sandwich shops in 24 states. More than 50 sandwich-wrap choices include traditional combinations, vegetarian options, and rolled-up creations enriched by unconventional sandwich spreads such as red-pepper hummus and mango chutney. Like ill-prepared boy scouts in the wilderness at nightfall, Roly Poly’s sandwich ingredients seek shelter inside fresh tortillas.