Ranked the No. 1 Submarine Sandwich Franchise in the 2011 Franchise 500 issue of Entrepreneur magazine, Subway has graced the globe with nutritious stacks of meat, crisp veggies, flavorful cheeses, and freshly baked breads since 1965. Three friends, relatives, or members of an understaffed barbershop quartet can wrap their paws around thick sandwiches such as the barbecue pulled pork, 12 inches of fresh-baked bread plumped to meaty perfection with 8 ounces of smoked tender pulled pork swathed in Sweet Baby Ray's Barbecue Sauce. Italian-style meatballs bob in a bath of tangy marinara sauce, bringing a soft, meaty balance to the crunch of crisp veggies in a hot meatball-marinara sandwich, and comforting melted cheese wraps its gooey arms around juicy steak and tucks it into a hot philly cheesesteak. Lettuce, tomatoes, green bell peppers, and onions reminisce about the old days back in the garden, playing kick-the-cantaloupe in the foot-long, yeasty reunion hall of a veggie-delite sub, and white-meat turkey surrounded by its roughneck trio of ham, salami, and bologna picks flavorful fistfights with ornery vegetables, tackling them to the soft, bready floor of a cold-cut combo.
The exterior of 1st Choice Pizza & Curry is somewhat non-descript; they let their unique blend of Italian and Indian foods define who they are. The fragrant spices of traditional Indian biryanis and curries mix with the smell of fresh pizza inside. Indian dishes come with add-ons such as boneless chicken or seasoned vegetables, and pizzas can get topped with barbecue sauce and chicken. There’s even a build-your-own gluten-free pizza option, which you can deck out with artichoke hearts and pineapple. Speciality drinks like the mango lassi and desert options like gulab jamun and soft serve in eight flavors round out the eclectic menu.
And while the Elk Grove eatery does have two separate menus for their two main food types, they also offer a handful of fusion items. Try the mango tango pizza, which has spiced mangos and spicy mango curry sauce paired with mozzarella cheese and cannolis; wash it down with a cold beer or a glass of wine.
Cheesesteak historians trace the sandwich's ancestry back to Pat Oliveri, a Philadelphian who combined sliced beef and onions over a Italian roll; once someone made the ingenious decision to add cheese, the classic combination was born. Today, Cheese Steak Restaurant's sandwich-smiths continue that noble tradition with more than 30 cheesesteak varieties.
Take your pick of either the classic, a chicken version, or a hoagie-style cheesesteak (topped with lettuce, tomato, and mayonnaise), and you have the option to pile it with grilled onions, hot cherry peppers, or sweet bell peppers. Other varieties feature added ingredients such as roasted cloves or garlic, mushrooms, or teriyaki sauce. There's also a veggie-only option, and diners can order twister fries, steak fries, fried mushrooms, and zucchini sticks to as a side dish or in case they need edible confetti for a chef's birthday party.
The yellow and blue walls at Sol Mexican Restaurant showcase a festive collection of artistic metalwork and desert-themed sculptures, which evoke a festive, welcoming energy. Founded by the Gonzalez family, the eatery demonstrates a commitment to Mexican flavors by tempting diners with a menu of traditional, home-style cooking. In addition to making fiery salsas in-house and toasting each tortilla chip with a hyper-focused magnifying glass, the chefs show their fondness for the time-honored classics by glazing enchiladas with a complex, spicy-sweet mole sauce, slow-roasting marinated pork in a signature blend of seasonings, and stuffing tacos with everything from carnitas to carne asada.
More than 15 microbrews pour from the taps at Old Town Pizzeria, where pints sidle up to pizzas topped with gourmet ingredients ranging from truffle oil and artichoke hearts to linguica and grilled chicken. The flavors of Rubicon IPA and Scrimshaw Pilsner play well with the nuances found within the Garlic Blues’ blue cheese, roasted garlic, onions, walnuts, and sun-dried tomatoes. The pizzeria also stocks a brawny selection of meats for use in pizzas such as the No Sleep 'Till Brooklyn, whose combination of mozzarella, ricotta, house-made meatballs, and basil is palatable to both beasts and boys. Hearty salads, hot wings, and breadsticks help round out the menu.
Some people define comfort food as a favorite dish that Mom or Grandma used to make. Others associate comfort with foods that are traditionally eaten during happy times—such as Thanksgiving or John Philip Sousa's birthday. Savory Fried Chicken invites diners to explore comfort food of the Filipino persuasion. The eatery's cooks prepare Filipino-style chicken, which is either grilled or unbattered, fried, and served with gravy. Sides of pork lumpia rolls and pancit noodles complete plates.