Orland Bowl welcomes guests to hurl balls down 50 tenpin lanes equipped with automatic scoring and cosmic lighting on Friday and Saturday night. The rest of the weekly schedule is filled with open-bowling hours and league opportunities for children, seniors, and adults. Meanwhile, the onsite pro shop equips bowlers with sport necessities, and the pub serves pizza, sandwiches, and drinks to keep growling stomachs from interrupting bowlers mid-fling.
It's Greek To Me's expansive menu mixes fresh-made Greek fare with American favorites in dishes such as burgers, lamb chops, and pita sandwiches. In a spacious dining room, parties chew on classics such as spanakopita ($9.95), a blend of spinach and feta in the flaky embrace of phyllo dough. Five lamb chops ($22.95) marinate in a Grecian cocktail of olive oil, oregano, lemon juice, and pepper before acquiring charbroiled tattoos, and pork or chicken souvlaki ($9.95) declares its proud flavors and latent passion for dance atop wooden skewers. Diners can savor the bounty of cultural fusion with a half-pound Angus-beef Opa burger ($9.95) strewn with gyro meat and feta nuggets. Wine by the glass or bottle and domestic and import beers are also available. Desserts, authentically stolen from the divine pantries of Mount Olympus, end meals with sugary codas of honey-drenched baklava ($4.50).
Born from the bright enthusiasm of a teenager in the ‘50s, Jersey Mike’s outgrew its East Coast confines in the ‘80s and began launching authentic subs across the country. The sandwich-stuffed menu is backlit by the smiles of a friendly staff and the aromas of fresh-baked bread hovering in the air like meat zeppelins. Jersey Shore’s Favorite mimics the earth’s own strata with layers of provolone, ham, and thin-sliced cappacuolo arranged around a liquid iron core, and the Super sub envisions our planet’s not-so-distant future with the addition of a proscuittini mantle.
For more than 30 years, Pop's Italian Beef & Sausage has served up a Chicago-centric menu of beef sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs. Silence empty-belly rumblings with one of Pop's delectable beef sandwiches ($4.19–$6.35), such as the italian beef, heaped with mounds of succulent, thin-sliced beef soaked in special spices and natural gravy. Windy-city visitors can delight in the classic Chicago hot dog and the savory polish sausage (each around $2.29–$2.99, depending on location), each nestled underneath mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, and the looming shadow of oscillating skyscrapers. Other handheld fare includes the meatball and corned-beef sandwiches, which can be upgraded with a variety of extras, including red sauce, sweet peppers, hot mix (all free on sandwiches, extra as a side), feta cheese, and bacon. A fleet of made-from-scratch soups and salads is also available, and includes such options as the hearty cream-of-chicken rice soup and the large garden salad ($2.09–$3.99).
For the past 60 years, the finger-lickin’ staff at Hienie’s McCarthy’s has impressed locals with a full menu of fried chicken, homemade soups and chili, and other tasty accoutrements. The eatery's extensive menu boasts chicken dinners big enough for a single person or a handful of hungry giants ($7.25/4-piece meal), as well as fried seafood, including jumbo-shrimp dinners ($11) and calamari ($7.99/lb.). Sink incisors into a deluxe sandwich, such as the tuna melt ($4.50) or the meatball sub ($4.25). A mandarin salad with grilled chicken breast (small $4.25, large $7.25) exercises next to a sluggish bowl of macaroni salad, whose jabbing elbows keep it from moving as a cohesive unit ($3/lb.).
Chick-fil-A's chicken sandwiches became an instant classic one fateful day in 1967, when an anonymous Georgia chicken wandered into a hot, buttered bun and made history. Forty-some-odd years later, or 267 million chicken years later, Chick-fil-A sandwiches are still made the same way, with boneless cuts of breast meat hand-breaded by mystic chicken ascetics, dill-pickle chips pickled from the freshest of cucumbers, and an optional golden wheat bun (additional fee not included) that is both golden and made of wheat ($3.49 including tax). Like gambling on horse racing, the original chicken sandwich is so dangerously delicious that you'll devour two without thinking twice, but unlike gambling, Chick-fil-A's sandwiches never contain dice, poker chips, or knee-breaking goons in track suits.