More than 15 locations of Sal's Italian Ristorante grace the Florida panhandle like pepperonis on a sizzling pizza slice. In dining rooms designed to evoke the atmosphere of a small Italian village, plates of penne and linguine steam with alfredo, pink vodka, or light wine sauces. Skilled chefs sauté salmon and veal and top gourmet pizzas with shrimp, basil, and gorgonzola. House wines can be poured by the glass or carafe for the thirsty, or by the eyedropper-full for the curious.
Charley’s has shuffled up standard decks of carbs in a fresh, innovative fashion for years. Though the soul of Charley’s spawns from the beefy abyss of the signature cheesesteak sandwiches ($4.79–$8.89), the entire menu is flavorfully filled to capacity with delicious grilled combinations. The chicken teriyaki sandwich ($5.09–$8.29) is quaint for a stomach sublet, while the Italian deli deluxe ($5.59–$8.89) carnivorously conquers with a bed of pepperoni, ham, turkey, provolone, and generous dustings of Italian seasoning. Diners can load their gastronomic cargo-carriers with a combo meal, complete with Charley's famously crisp fries ($1.79–$2.29), or ascend a mountain of abominably coated fries featuring cheddar, ranch, and bacon ($2.99).
The sandwich smiths at Broadway Subs mold hot and cold mounds of meat, veggies, and cheese into an extensive menu of New York–style subs. Punch cards equip eaters with eight opportunities to turn any 6-inch sub into a hearty lunch or a meaty boomerang, with interior options that include cold cuts of salami, ham, and provolone on the house special italian sub. Cooks pack plate space with a side of pasta salad or coleslaw for the 6-inch sub meal, and can cosset any 6-inch sub fillings in a white-flour, spinach, or wheat wrap upon request. The 12-inch sub meal meets foot-long stomachs with Philly-style USDA Choice beef or a choice of chicken, including grilled, barbecue, cajun, and honey-mustard options.
In 1954, Shakey's Pizza Parlor was created out of founder Sherwood "Shakey" Johnson's love of ragtime music, pizza, and fun. The eatery often incorporated live music and family-friendly arcade games into the mix, a tradition its descendants still hold today. At locations all across the United States and Mexico, beer flows from taps and pizzas emerge piping hot from the oven, the same way they did in 1954, a time when pizza and beer had just been invented by NASA scientists. Each location also cooks up crispy fried chicken and baskets of Mojos—lightly battered, sliced potatoes—to complement the pizzeria fare.
Bone Island Fish Market peddles an oceanic menagerie of more than 250 fish, crustaceans, and seafood delicacies netted in the Florida Keys and backed by a 100% freshness guarantee. Customers can populate feasts with entire lobsters ($12.99/lb.) or various models of stone crab: medium ($15.99/lb.), large ($19.99/lb.), jumbo ($24.99/lb.), colossal ($29.99/lb.), and skyscraper scaling. Finny edibles ($2.99+/lb.), such as snappers, grouper, and salmon, beg for saucy supplements, and bulk purchases of shrimp ($4.99+/lb.) and live blue crab ($4.99/lb.) inject dinner parties with a maritime spark. Bone Island's quality assurance, staff, and expert fishmongers ensure that patrons receive preferred portions and a full tutorial on de-boning their purchase with precision machete work. Shoppers can also peruse a list of recommended seafood recipes to artfully prep their share of the sea's bounty.
One of the East Coast's best-known members-only wholesale retailers, BJ's Wholesale Club serves more than six million members in 201 clubs as far west as Ohio. Within these sprawling locations, savvy shoppers knock out most of their errands in a single stop. In the same visit, members can stock up on economy-sized groceries–including USDA choice meats, farm-fresh produce, and everyday essentials–grab name-brand electronics, get their vision checked at BJ's Optical, and even plan a vacation through BJ's Travel. Each service makes up a single part of the club's well-rounded retail experience, but simplifying shopping isn't BJ's Wholesale Club's only goal; in 2012 alone, the company donated more than $3.2 million to charitable organizations.