This cozy, unpretentious pizza shop furnishes parties and cozy nights in with repasts of wings, pasta, and pizza pies. Slices of pizza come embellished with selections from more than 20 toppings and sauces including pineapple, sauerkraut, white sauce, and ground beef. The shop’s Pizza Man sandwich delivers the flavor a pizza in convenient handheld form, much like a calzone or pizza in a hot dog bun.:m]]
Cal Chadwick opened up Cal's Market & Garden Center in 1961, just down the road from his family home and corn farm. Like a 99-year-old earthworm, Cal felt a deep connection with the land, building a greenhouse and tree and shrub nursery before passing down his business to his daughter, Carina, and her husband, Bryan. Today, avid gardeners, farmers, and amateur horticulturalists work hand-in-hand with the friendly, knowledgeable staff at Cal?s to pick out evergreens, plot vegetable gardens, and plan landscaping projects. With the help of personal shoppers, clients can stock up on hanging baskets, bulbs, and soils for creating a fragrant flowerbed. Cal's also offers personal gardening services, including planting, weeding, designing, and maintaining your plants.
Sea blue walls and painted portholes contribute to the oceanic atmosphere at El 7 Mares. The restaurant tempts taste buds with fresh seafood flavored with Mexican ingredients such as poblano pepper sauce, pico de gallo, and guacamole. Start a meal with the aguachile, chopped shrimp marinated in a jalapeno-lime sauce. Entrees include the classic carne asada and carnitas along with the signature molcajete de mariscos, a sizzling cauldron of shrimp, calamari, scallops, mussels, and crab legs served in bowl made of volcano rock blessed by Poseidon himself.
At McHugh's Public House, eight taps pour down the sides of mugs, which bartenders twist back to leave a light crown of froth as plates of pub fare emerge from the kitchen. Potato chips plunge into cheese dip with chunks of corned beef and cabbage alongside plates of Minnesota-caught walleye. Guests set their glasses on the gleaming bar, leaving cool rings of condensation beneath flat-screen televisions and vintage Guinness signs. Outside, sun filters down past the green umbrellas, which line the patio like swaying palms that won’t throw coconuts to impress their friends.
Originally opened as the Top Hat Drive-In in 1953, Sonic has grown into a burger-franchise mecca that today operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic specializes in made-to-order American classics—including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and marshmallow Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast, as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades.
Sonic’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: Best Value Menu, Best Milk Shake, and Best Drive-Thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through their program Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
The pizza-making process always begins with dough and ends with a grand exit from the oven. That's still the case with every pie from Woodland Take-N-Bake Pizza Company, only the oven isn't in the restaurant—it's in your home. Upon each mound of hand-tossed dough, cooks add 50-plus toppings, including their three-cheese blend and a choice of seven sauces, such as spicy buffalo. Other ingredient options run the gamut from cream cheese and sauerkraut to jalapeno bacon.
If customization isn't your jam, try one of Woodland's more than 15 specialties, from the cheesesteak fixings atop the Brotherly Love to the mashed potatoes crowning the Avalanche. Though each pizza is designed for patrons to take home, Woodland does accommodate small gatherings in its cozy dining room. There, you can feast on personal-sized pizza, daily-changing soups, and sandwiches such as a meatball sub with roasted garlic marinara sauce for dipping or drinking as a digestif.