More than 15 years ago, owners Mike and Amanda made the leap into bread-bound fare when they opened Fressers Delicatessen. The shop continues to thrive thanks to the culinary expertise of Mike and his mother, Eileen, who whip together every menu item onsite for customers lined up at the counter. The duo churns out a spectrum of deli eats, from traditional Jewish knishes to hearty salads and grilled sandwiches that tower over fellow noshes like a big brother standing on a chair. The Famous Fresser triple-decker sandwich piles the deli's biggest flavors into a single stack, bursting with sizzling corned beef, pastrami, turkey, roast beef, and melted swiss cheese between three slices of bread. Such ebullient fare has made Fressers a popular lunchtime-delivery joint, which also puts together meals for business lunches, dinner parties, and annual holiday gatherings.
In the dark of night, the brightly lit façades of The Fat Cactus locations glow like a beacon, beckoning diners to come and sample their classic Mexican and Tex-Mex foods. The restaurants' interiors are no less eye-catching. House-specialty fazzizzles—short for sizzling fajitas—top tables in dining rooms filled with vibrant reds and yellows. Rows of hubcaps glisten on walls next to strings of lights. And hundreds of emptied tequila bottles dangle from the ceiling, testament to the popularity of the menu's dozen specialty margaritas. For extra entertainment, musicians fill ears with their tuneful crooning every night, and a room with classic arcade games lets kids play at adult tasks, such as driving a car or helping zombies file their tax returns.
Leggos serves both morning and midday meals from open to close, giving contrary clientele the chance to opt for a soup and sandwich for breakfast or eggs benedict for lunch. The kitchen wizards chop up 10–13 fresh fruits daily to fill fruit bowls to the tippy top ($3.75/cup), and top waffles ($7.50) with heaping helpings of strawberries, blueberries, or cranberries. Early morning diners can wrap digits around a breakfast quesadilla loaded with spicy eggs, bacon, onion, peppers, and cheese and dip it in homemade salsa before savoring an included side of home fries ($7.50). Or, sharpen rusty arithmetic skills by adding up three eggs, two pieces of bacon, two sausages, one order of toast, and a side of home fries, and dividing it by however many mouths you own ($7).
The expansive menus at X&O are bursting with homemade Greek, Italian, and American favorites. For dinner, cast off for the Mediterranean in a sailboat made from crispy phyllo triangles, layers of buttered dough stuffed with feta, spinach, and spices ($8.99). Well-rounded pizzas include the 12-inch four-cheese bianco with mozzarella, feta, cheddar, and blue cheese melted with flavorful toppings such as tomatoes, red onions, and garlic ($9.99). A classic American-style burger can be created from Angus beef ($7.99–$9.99), and nautical-nourishment lovers can growl in satisfaction at the grilled salmon patty with homemade tartar sauce ($11.99). Authentic lamb and beef gyros are served with homemade tzatziki sauce in a fresh pita ($8.99), and Zorba-approved eats include mousaka ($14.99) and braised Greek lamb ($16.99).
Serving fresh and speedy pizza across America since 1959, Little Caesar's has grown into a huge, international carryout phenomenon. The menu features pizzas with dough built from scratch that are made to order ($5.99 for a large one-topping). Toppings range from classic pepperoni and sausage to Canadian bacon and pineapple. Return as the conquering hero of your family and save your twins the trouble of hunting down bipedal mastodons by picking up one of Little Caesar's Hot-n-Ready pies ($5.99). Hot-n-Ready pizzas are available in pepperoni or cheese, and can be picked up any time without the need to order ahead. Fans of three-dimensional eats can try the Italian cheese bread combo ($4.99 including sauce) or chicken wings ($4.99) with a variety of sauces.