What sets the Hungry Howie’s menu apart from other pizza parlors, other than its complete lack of profanity, is the eight flavored-crust options that inject life into the formerly discarded pizza part. If you’re allergic to life, inject butter, onion, butter cheese, ranch, Cajun spices, garlic herb, or sesame instead. Keep thinking outside the pizza box by loading your flavorful crust with specialty pizza innards, such as the Philly cheese and steak ($12.99 for a medium), the Howie Maui (ham, smoked bacon, and pineapple, $12.99 for medium), and the bacon-cheddar cheeseburger ($12.99 for medium). DIY diners, on the other hand, can opt for a medium 12-inch pizza for $8.49 and add their own toppings for an additional $1.50 each. Howie's also serves up tasty wings (10 for $6.99), salads (try a small Greek for $4.99), calzone-style subs ($6.99), and Howie bread, which comes in original ($3.49), three-cheeser ($4.99), Cajun ($3.49), and sticky-sweet cinnamon ($3.49). Prices vary from location to location, so there might be some small variation from what is listed above.
Deep down, owner Leslie Butler always wanted a job naming nail polish and lipstick shades. But her love of working with people, as well as her great affection for cake, led her to instead apply her naming skills to more than 100 cupcake flavors at The Lofty Cafe. Monikers like “The Devil Wears Raspberry” might need a bit of elaboration (chocolate cupcake with raspberry filling, topped with chocolate frosting and a raspberry candy speckled with brimstone), but others are deliciously self-explanatory: vanilla chai spice, maple bacon, and Boston cream. Many flavors are themed by season or occasion. A daily menu determines a few flavors that will be at hand, but customers can score any flavor if they order ahead.
Though it’s hard to imagine so many flavors fitting in Butler’s kitchen, that’s exactly where Butler and her daughter began their business. Unsurprisingly, they eventually expanded their space to offer a dining room and a full kitchen to suit their baking needs. Now they have the capacity to create many cupcake flavors that can be filled or topped with an array of sweets.
La Mexicana Cantina and Grill’s chefs create a diverse menu of Mexican cuisine. From fajitas and burritos to loaded monterrey baked potatoes and chimichangas, the menu caters to any number of cravings as well as vegetarian lifestyles.
At the Root Café, the staff’s passion for food takes a backseat to their passion for community. That’s not to say they don’t love making their steaming cups of coffee, baked goods, and fruity smoothies, but the true reason behind their culinary efforts is to keep guests fed and happy during a range of community-oriented events. Each month the café features activities such as poetry readings, children’s playtime, comedy shows, and forums about current events, serving as a place for locals to hang out and build bonds. While the atmosphere is always jovial, clients who wish to get work done can utilize the shop’s free Wi-Fi.
Eddy's Deli serves more than 100 inexpensive and classic menu items ranging from breakfast and sandwiches to salads, soups, dinner plates, and desserts. The breakfast menu is served from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and has enough combinations to excite both bright-beaked early birds and groggy nighthawks. Feed your inner child with breakfast favorites such as the low-calorie or homestyle french toast ($3.75). For a filling feast, the house breakfast special ($3.55) comes complete with two eggs and toast, along with home fries, grits, or fruit with bacon, ham, or sausage. Noontime hunger-havers will be glad to learn that Eddy's cooks its own corned beef and roast beef on-site at its restaurants daily. Dig into a corned beef on rye or the roast beef (both $6.95) for lunch, savoring the meatsperience while fondly recalling someone else's childhood from 1930s New York. For a satisfying supper, try half a fried chicken served with glazed honey, or the savory comfort of baked meat loaf (both $7.95). The casual and friendly atmosphere at Eddy's offers small and large tables ideal for unicyclists and bicycle gangs alike. Whether swinging by to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner, or standing in the middle of the room and screaming, the expansive menu has something to offer, with simple edibles so delicious that they might even stanch the screams.
Sugo chef Louis Prpich famously traded the vowels in his last name for the supernatural ability to reshape authentic Italian dishes using modern twists and flourishes. The seasonal dinner menu has been known to harbor the chef's specialty, ahi tuna ribs, seasoned and served with gorgonzola for dipping or pronouncing gutturally ($9). Sugo Bistro also forms its gnocchi by hand before tossing them with a creamy tomato sauce and giving them an extravagant Kentucky Derby hat of shaved romano cheese, cracked pepper, and fresh herb ($16).