Although they’re lauded for their oven-baked grinders, the cooks at Bellacino's also whip up a bounty of Italian favorites including specialty pizzas and pastas. In the kitchen, they prepare Chicago steak grinders with thin-sliced ribeye, mushrooms, and a house garlic spread, and top cheeseburger pizzas with ground beef, mozzarella, and ketchup. These sizzling meals unfold in a lively dining room lined with televisions, helping diners stay plugged in even while they munch. After meals, patrons can grab frosty treats made at the on-site ice cream shop, avoiding the danger that it's already been licked by a penguin.
Melted mozzarella. Garlic butter. Parmesan and romano cheeses. All of these ingredients combine atop the original Louie Bread. For the meat lovers, bacon or pepperoni can also be thrown into the mix. And this is just the bread: Louie's Pizza also whips up wings, subs, salads, and, of course, pizzas. Whether you order a deep-dish, thin-crust, or hand-tossed pie, each one begins with fresh dough, Louie's signature sauce, and a custom blend of mozzarella cheese. From there, you can customize your toppings or opt for one of Louie's specialty pies, such as Lotsa Meatza or Hawaiian Luau.
At Thee New Green Street Tavern, new friends and old regulars get together over beer and classic Irish pub fare. As you might expect, the menu includes emerald-isle staples, such as fish 'n' chips or and shepherd's pie along with 18 beers on tap. On weekends, live DJs and karaoke adds an extra dose of festivity. The tavern exudes a delightfully divey, neighborhood-pub charm, with flourishes such as shamrocks, neon beer signs, and a stuffed and mounted deer head over the bar.
Gerald and Elisabeth Blake established Blake Farms in 1946 with the help of their 13 children. In the 60-plus years and several generations since, Blake's has spread their operation to three locations across the metro Detroit area. More than 500 acres of orchard and farmland compose the family business, and during certain seasons, that land allows average citizens a chance to give their robotic fruit harvesters a rest and come pick their own apples, strawberries, peaches, and pumpkins. Blake's becomes especially busy with the arrival of autumn, when it hosts an annual fall festival, and Christmastime, when its U-Cut tree program lets families team up to chop down their own tannenbaum.
Dolly, the daughter of Italian immigrant restaurateurs, opened the first Dolly's Pizza in the back room of a tavern in 1966. As she bustled about the kitchen, Dolly’s youngest son, Robert, watched and learned, socking away his knowledge until he was old enough to follow in her footsteps and, ultimately, take the successful small business to new heights. When he did eventually take the reigns, he expanded his mother’s original back room pizzeria into a franchise with an upward of 20 locations and counting.
Although the business has grown over the decades, its focus on quality, customizable pies remains steadfast. More than 15 classic ingredients, from Italian sausage to green pepper, top Dolly's build-your-own pizzas. Cooks construct these custom creations atop a hand-tossed crust, deep-dish square crust, or thin and crispy crust. To tailor the pies even further, they can add a distinctive pop to any of the three dough bases with complimentary seasonings such as Cajun, butter, sesame, or garlic. They also use those flavors to enrich Dolly's 10 signature pies, including the mayo-based BLT and the pineapple- and almond-topped deluxe hawaiian pizza. Cooks round out the menu with non-spherical classics, such as grinders, breadsticks, St. Louis-style pork ribs, and wings smothered in one of 12 sauces.
The cooks at Dan Good Pizza understand that everybody has their own favorite style of pizza, so they load their menu with seemingly limitless options. They start with a base of five crust varieties: thin and crispy flatbread, hand tossed traditional, round or square pan pizzas, Chicago-style deep dish, or gluten-free. They then decorate the dough canvas with sauces and any combination of their 34 toppings. Tried-and-true creations come in the form of specialty pies, including the Mediterranean, which is topped with spinach, red onion, marinated tomatoes and feta cheese. To complement their pizzas, they offer cheddar and bacon bread sticks with a garlic and herb cream cheese spread and jumbo bone in butter-parmesan and jamaican-jerk wings, which come by the piece for convenient sampling.