Lovezzola's tosses up a menu filled with throat-delighting pastas, subs, salads, and pizzas. More than 15 toppings, such as canadian bacon, pineapple, salami, and hamburger, are ready to complete Lovezzola's signature pizzas ($11.30+), while calzones or strombolis, both with up to three toppings ($6.49 each), also satisfy cheesy-crust cravings. After taking a seat in a plush red booth with a classic red-and-white-checkered tablecloth, cure your bread blues with a side of jalapeño garlic bread with cheese ($2.99 for two pieces) or honor the flightless buffalo with a side of six wings ($3.99). Then, dig into Lovezolla's homemade lasagna ($8.69) or spool together a big forkful of spaghetti fixed with meatballs and sauce ($8.69). The all-you-can-eat salad bar provides options for creative green plating ($6.29), while seven cold subs ($4.29+) and four hot subs ($4.39+) let lunchers fill a sandwich with their favorite temperature.
LIPS hand-tosses and personally crafts every pie that leaves the kitchen, using secret Italian family recipes to give each bite a taste born in Italy itself. LIPS' menu of overseas eats delivers house-made pasta and stromboli alongside the pizza specialties. Customers can order a fresh-baked original round pizza, such as the Deluxe ($8.50–$22), a cheese-packed pie covered with pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, ham, green peppers, bacon, hamburger, black olives, banana peppers, and italian sausage. Add a bread enhancement such as the parmesan crust flavor ($0.45–$0.95) to embellish works of pizza and create flavorfully circular masterpieces. For pasta-craving consumers, LIPS' made-from-scratch chicken parmesan over spaghetti nestles a chicken breast atop a sauce-drenched spaghetti nest, perfect for hatching chicken nugget offspring ($9.50), and the ricotta-stuffed manicotti makes for a tubular meal ($9.75).
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top-five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milkshake, and Best Drivethru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through its program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
The dedicated staff at Auto Shine Carwash spends its days ensuring that every car and truck that visits its lot rolls away looking like it did the day it emerged from the assembly line. The full-service car wash's fearless scrubbers descend upon scarily begrimed vehicles, gussying up their interiors and exteriors with meticulous cleansing services and packages. With soft cloths in tow, the auto aficionados peel away layers of dirt that accumulate after hours spent on the road or driving through ant-farm collections. Their mighty vacuums roar while collecting crumbs strewn about interiors, paving the way for a more thorough wipe down. Careful to leave no area untouched, staffers can also cleanse greasy doorjambs and buff windows into a state of perfect pellucidity.
You would think that a restaurant inside one of The Hill's 200-year-old historic homes would have a menu steeped in traditional American cuisine. But that's not the case with Blue Mermaid Island Grill, which instead serves the sweet, spicy food of the Caribbean. Popular dishes include everything from guava-braised short ribs to a New World paella with chicken, shrimp, mussels, and sausage in curried rice. Chefs can prepare many menu items vegetarian or gluten-free.
Blue Mermaid Island Grill also has full bar service, including eight rotating craft-beer taps and margaritas in nine flavors. Cocktails contribute to an upbeat vibe—which landed it a feature on Food Network's Rachel Ray's Tasty Travels—as does live music four nights a week with both professional and local musicians. The indoor and outdoor dining areas are decorated with pieces from local artists, adding to the grassroots vibe and relieving owners Scott and Karen Logan of trying to pull off a major museum heist.
Sisters of the New South flaunts its Southern heritage with a menu that highlights fried chicken, collard greens, and other soul-food staples. The restaurant lives by the motto “real southern cooking,” and its chefs take pride in preparing each dish with the same care that their mothers would have used. Sisters even sells its unique blend of spices through an online store so that customers can re-create the restaurant’s fried chicken or season their bathwater.