In addition to serving up slices at four brick-and-mortar locations, Mad Pizza delivers its meat- and veggie-laden pies throughout Seattle. From store to store, the menu of each restaurant shares madness-themed entree names, such as the Mad pepperoni, the Maditerranean pizza—which hoists pesto, salami, and capers—and the Mad Scientist pizza, baked over a bunsen burner. They also prepare succulent Chicago–style italian beef sandwiches and meatball subs.
It takes a deep understanding of spices to make a mean kabob, just as it does to cook a complex curry. Impressively, Habibi Mediterranean & Greek Restaurant does both. The menu of Mediterranean staples—falafel sandwiches and lamb shish kabobs among them—also features popular Indian dishes such as beef or fish in a homemade curry, with the fieriness adjusted to your liking.
The kitchen here is a versatile one, producing eastern eats for breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. A morning meal of shakshuka pairs pita bread with eggs poached in a spice-heavy tomato sauce, whereas lunchtime heralds gyros and french fries. Lamb shanks are hard to pass up at dinner, but then again, so is the shrimp biryani and sneaking licks from a neighbor's plate. Regardless of the meal, all the meats are Halal and guests can balance out their dishes' nuanced flavors with cold sips of watermelon or mango smoothies.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,150 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options, such as the pepperoni pretzel and eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs, slicing it into bite-size nuggets, or using it to build historically accurate Austrian villages. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Many restaurateurs defer to their chefs’ better judgment when devising their menus, but Punya Tipyasothi wasn’t content to sit on the sidelines. Before opening Racha Thai & Asian Kitchen, he embarked on a two-month culinary tour of Thailand, stopping to sample dishes from street carts, esteemed restaurants, and vending machines throughout the country. From this trip, he gleaned enough recipes to craft a versatile, exciting menu of Thai fusion cuisine upon his return to the States.
Chef Deang works to match this remarkable commitment, crafting five styles of curry from scratch and with varying levels of spiciness. When he isn’t cooking traditional Thai entrees such as duck in ginger sauce or pud thai, Chef Deang fills his wok with Asian dishes inspired by the lands that border Thailand.
After a wrong turn to Philadelphia led him to a transcendental encounter with a cheesesteak, Charley’s Grilled Subs’ eponymous owner opened his first sub shop on The Ohio State University's campus in the late ‘80s. More than two decades later, Charley’s slings philly steak subs and gourmet fries in more than 300 locations around the world. Classic cheesesteaks join barbecue-cheddar, sicilian, and chicken configurations on the hearty menu alongside grilled deli subs and salads topped with seared meats. Crispy golden fries invite crumbles of bacon and dollops of cheese, ranch, and other deluxe toppings, washed down with sips of lemonade freshly squeezed from lemons, kiwis, strawberries, and 1958 Edsels.
Every day, the staff at Boba Smoothie blend fresh fruits and other ingredients to create smoothies, teas, and non-dairy milk teas. But the sweet flavors of fruit and tea aren't the drinks' only feature—the cups fill with chewy boba pearls, which add a burst of texture to every taste like a lego made of candy. Staff members also serve up fresh scoops of gelato in such flavors as mango, coconut, and cupcake.