Counter seats run along the kitchen at Mariann's Restaurant, allowing their occupants to nurse cups of coffee while watching the kitchen crew fill orders from handwritten tickets. Since 1969, the classic diner has put on its coffee pots at 6 a.m. and warmed breakfast plates such as biscuits and gravy or rib-eye steak and eggs. As the day goes on, the Mariann crew prepares housemade soups to accompany sandwiches during the lunch rush, as well as dinner plates such as center-cut pork chops, certified Angus steaks, and southern fried chicken. In lieu of an animatronic Johnny Carson, Mariann's Restaurant prepares fresh-baked blackberry and peach cobbler as the ideal accompaniment to late-night discussions in a springy booth.
Whether you like your pizza basic or "EPIC!"?a specialty pie with epic layers of meats and veggies?The Red Star Pizza Company has it. Along with a variety of build-your-own and specialty pizzas, the eatery offers hot sandwiches, breadsticks and cheesesticks, plus salads to silence your healthier alter-ego residing in the back of your brain.
Alongside a café and wine bar, a bed and breakfast, and a wholesale producer, a bakery might be eclipsed. But it isn't the case for Scholars Inn Bakehouse, one of the myriad parcels of Scholars Inn. The bakery produces daily fresh-baked breads made entirely from scratch and formed by hand, earning praise from several publications, including a guest spot on the cover of Modern Baking magazine. Fragrant breads hewn from all-natural ingredients emerge from European stone-hearth ovens, ready to complement the café menu, sit alongside granolas and bagels, or fill in as backup footballs.
Cozy Lounge pairs frosty beer and mixed drinks with satisfying pub eats ranging from hot wings to grilled tenderloin. Pizzas, sandwiches, and baked subs round out the menu. The spot stays open until 3 a.m. Monday through Saturday, with poker, karaoke, and other amusements to keep groups entertained. Check out the schedule.