Before they go through different spicy, sweet, and tangy transformations in the kitchen, every dish at Andy Nguyen's Restaurant begins as a farmers' market purchase. The staff seeks out the freshest ingredients for the Vietnamese menu and cooks them in pure vegetable oil, producing five-spice chicken, saigon silky noodles with charbroiled shrimp, and customizable stir-fries. Unlike pandas hosting a dinner party, the cooks offer guests a choice between vegetarian or meat options on most dishes. The house specials range from salt-baked calamari to a steam-pot seafood medley, which includes shrimp, mussels, clams, scallops, and veggies. After choosing a protein for their entree—sautéed chicken, pork, beef, or shrimp—guests can also choose from several types of sauces and fixings, such as curry, sweet and sour sauce, and lemongrass.
As a high-school student working at a local pizzeria, John Schnatter often pondered how he would do things differently if he owned such a business himself. After graduating from college in 1983, he got his chance, knocking down the broom closet in his father’s tavern to create his own pizza-delivery business. Since then Papa John’s Pizza has grown to 3,500 restaurants in 50 states and 29 countries. At each location, cooks cover the signature hand-tossed crusts, made with high-protein flour and clear, filtered water, with tomato sauce from vine-ripened California tomatoes, then pile on locally sourced ingredients such as green peppers and onions. The emphasis on fresh ingredients extends to the 100% mozzarella cheese, beef, and pork, which are never artificially inflated with fillers or undeserved compliments.
In addition to delivering pizzas, Papa John’s reaches out to the community with charity involvement, including partnering with the Boy Scouts of America and Junior Achievement to teach US students about entrepreneurship and the best method of capturing a wild roma tomato.
The bakers at Cookies and Milk are out to make sweet dreams a little sweeter with their delivery service. Starting at 8 p.m. each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, fresh batches of warm chocolate-chip, peanut-butter, sugar, or chocolate-crinkle cookies are deployed to ease cravings across the city, and the tasteful deliveries don't cease until the wee hours of the morning. To encourage dessert-time dunking, each batch of cookies can be paired with cold milk, and the staff can even include a handwritten note in the order, making cookie delivery a great way to tell someone you care or remind your landlord that your oven is broken.
At first glance, Rosie’s Country Kitchen seems like a classic American diner, with rows of vinyl booths, cheerful uniformed waitresses bearing pots of coffee, and an all-day breakfast menu of homemade skillets and flapjacks. But after a swift perusal of the menu—marked mainly by classic American burgers, steaks, and fried-chicken dishes—the pages reveal a unique, spicy lining of authentic Indian cuisine. Chefs demonstrate their culinary prowess by whipping up curries, vindaloos, and basmati-rice dishes between orders of biscuits and gravy and country potatoes. And then they pair their plates with milkshakes, beer, and wine, all served in a sunlight-soaked interior.
At Vanity Weight and Beauty Institute, patients can lose weight around their middles through E-Lipo treatments, an FDA-cleared procedure that combines two kinds of electrical stimulation. To kick off treatments, cranial electrical stimulation is applied across the earlobes to bring about a state of relaxation. This treatment has also been known to help treat insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Next, bioelectrical stimulation is applied to the abdomen to burn calories and slim down and tone waists.
Even before it was a restaurant, the building that houses Brookside Restaurant and Bar was dedicated to the enjoyment of food and drink. It was originally built in 1911 as a guesthouse for a local winery, where visitors could sample the local vino, have a hearty, home-cooked meal, and gossip about President Taft’s sultry moustache. Today, the restaurant continues to uplift visitors with home-cooked meals; the menu includes certified Hereford burgers, grilled rib eye, and other American classics. It even has Monday-, Wednesday-, and Friday-night barbecue specials served straight from the smoker.