When Lois Margolet first opened Capriotti's Sandwich Shop in Wilmington, Delaware, 36 years ago, she and her brother, Alan, worked from the second story of a boarded-up building, roasting 10?12 whole turkeys every night and churning out a ?real turkey lover's? sandwich each day. Today, Capriotti's has expanded across 14 states, each location stacking the same award-winning hot and cold sandwiches, racking up such accolades as The Best of Las Vegas 2013 and Best of Delaware 2013 prizes from the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Delaware Today, respectively, as well as being named one of "10 great places to bite into a surprising sandwich" by USA Today. Though the shop is still known for its slow-roasted-turkey creations?such as the Thanksgiving-inspired Bobbie, voted greatest sandwich in America by AOL's Lemondrop.com, piled with cranberry sauce and stuffing?its menu now ventures into the realm of roast beef, italian deli meats with such sandwiches as the capastrami, cheesesteaks, and vegetarian treats, such as meatless chicken and turkey.
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The mission- and volunteer-driven clinic provides alternative, holistic health care to low-income and underserved communities at a complimentary or low rate. Its team dispenses naturopathic and chiropractic medicine from its office and at an array of outside events. For almost a decade, it's been the driving force behind the San Diego Healing Arts Festival, which in recent years has been visited by 30,000 guests. During Alternative Happy Hour events, healthy snacks fuel attendees who pay $10 to experience acupuncture, chiropractic treatments, massage, and energy healing, along with courses in yoga, drumming, and mild or spicy salsa dance. The clinic also donates services to organizations such as the YWCA women's shelter and the Wounded Warrior Project, which benefits veterans affected by injuries and psychological issues.
When Khaled Waleh, a former visual arts student, opened Zia Gourmet Pizza on Adams Avenue in 2008, he tapped into pizza dough as a round canvas, splashing it with nontraditional ingredients like the yogurt combined with garlic, mint and herbs sauce, bean curd, walnuts, scallions and roasted eggplant. The vegetarian menu takes on a gourmet attitude with feta, kalamata olives, artichoke hearts and mozzarella. Akin to a dessert, the cinnamon pear pie layers caramelized pears, walnuts, light cream cheese, sesame seeds and mascarpone cheese onto a white crust. Vegans are also appeased with the vegan spinach garnished with rosemary potatoes and topped with cranberries. This edible artwork is served by the slice, pie or as a calzone. From 5 p.m. to10 p.m., the open kitchen eatery, with its craft beer cooler, brings to Normal Heights the cool vibe and artistic culture that’s typically related to University Heights and Hillcrest.
Pita Jungle stands out as a healthy dining option for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike. Locations throughout Arizona and Southern California feature a menu of roasted chicken shawarmas, steak pitas, and other Mediterranean-inspired dishes. Pita Jungle, a full-service sit-in restaurant, also has its share of surprises. Take, for example, the wood-fired pizzas topped with honey-mustard glazed chicken and roasted garlic, or the healthy black-bean and portobello burgers, all washed down with a variety of wines and beers.
The ingredients at Spread the Restaurant don’t have much time to enjoy their life outside the garden. In fact, many of the all-organic, fresh veggies, fruits, and edible flowers that go into their eclectic entrees get dug out of the ground, plucked from the tree, or shaken out of the Jolly Green Giant’s knapsack that very day. Spread’s team is uncompromising when it comes to freshness, and virtually everything that their restaurant is and does reflects that philosophy. The menu, for example, changes every day to reflect what foods have been gathered in the garden or at the local farmer’s market that morning, rotating through such creative dishes as wild mushroom ragu, savory cornbread French toast, and white chocolate salad. But besides their freshness, the items on the menu all have something else in common; they adhere to the team’s belief in the benefits of a vegetarian or vegan diet.