The family-owned-and-operated shop brews sumptuous gourmet coffee and espresso while serving a plethora of sweet treats and tasty baked goods. Ordered weekly, Meg's coffee is always fresh and many are certified organic, with tempting roasts such as sugar plum berry, white chocolate mousse, and butter pecan ($1.55–$1.78 per cup). Meg's array of caffeinated concoctions includes blended smoothies, iced coffees, cappuccinos, and chai teas, covering the full range of the caffeine rainbow. Meg's menu features several fresh pastries and light lunches, including the ham and cheddar sandwich or feta-cheese-topped Meg's special salad. Visitors can indulge in a blueberry muffin ($1.97) while melting the icicles off their antlers in front of the fireplace at their Alpine location.
Italian-inspired entrees and specialty pizzas star at this casually romantic eatery. Crusts levitate out of kitchens in regular ($7.25 for a small, $10.75 for an extra-large), pan ($9.25–$14.75), and stuffed ($10.25–$15.75) varieties and dress themselves from a wardrobe of 20 different toppings. For diners tired of dipping lasagna in guacamole, the taco pizza ($11.75–$19.75) blends the best of Mexican and Italian cuisines with a pie topped with seasoned ground beef, corn chips, lettuce, and tomato. Alternatively, chicken parmigiana ($9.95) and the italian sausage sandwich ($7.75) keep it as classically Italian as Fonzie gelato molds.
At Sam's Drive-In, kid-approved American-fare magicians conjure up juicy burgers, thick milkshakes, chili-smothered hot dogs, and more from fresh ingredients—all in the time it takes a car to pull up to the next window. The dedicated grill masters at Sam's brown ground beef, slice veggies, and pick sun-toasted buns from their yeasty bread trees daily. This Groupon is good for anything on Sam's classic American menu, including daily specials and a smorgasbord of diner favorites.
There are plenty of intimate tabletops and booths inside Murasaki Japanese & Thai Fusion, but the best seats in the house are arguably stationed in front of tableside hibachi grills. There, diners can marvel at expert chefs, who sizzle cuts of steak, salmon, and shrimp amid dancing flames and trees that have retired as chopsticks. As hibachi masters labor over the grills, sushi chefs create colorful pieces at the sushi station, slicing up fresh fish for sashimi and more than 20 types of specialty rolls—including the Sunshine roll, with tuna, scallion, and yellowtail, which was celebrated by the Rockford Register Star. The Asian fusion restaurant also whips up Thai and Japanese specialties, ranging from spicy pad thai noodles to simmering Japanese udon noodle soups.
It's not just artisanal breads and tempting desserts that are made from scratch at Mary's Market––it's everything on the menu. From the dressings on the café's fresh salads to the sauces on their hearty pastas, all of it is crafted using top quality ingredients and TLC. This dedication to the art of food earned Mary's Market a James Beard Award nomination in the category of America's Classics, a division that honors locally owned restaurants that embody the character of the their communities. Chef Christopher Holden helms the catering side of Mary's Markets, relying on his expertise in weddings and banquets to impress guests with passed hors d'oeuvres, signature menus, and cakes big enough for the band to pop out of.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime-rib with mushrooms and swiss to the classic italian, which dons black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the bourbon chicken and Baja-chicken subs. A selection of grilled flatbreads, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.