Whether they’re hungry for the crack of the bat, the snap of the shoulderpads, or the swish of the net, sports fans flock to The Stadium Grill & Bar whenever a big game beckons. There, multiple televisions broadcast major matches from across the sporting world while the kitchen's grill sizzles away at tender morsels of chicken or brisket slathered in Cookie's Sweet Hickory BBQ sauce. The bar's burgers come covered in gourmet toppings such as bacon, sautéed mushrooms, or a handful of smaller burgers. Baskets of wings challenge taste buds with six different hot-to-not flavors that are easily washed down with bottles of Coors, Newcastle, or Sierra Nevada. The bar doesn't just serve beer, though. Exotic shots mimic famous flavors, such as oatmeal cookies or girl scout cookies, and ursus Icelandic vodka turns fruit punch and sodas into international concoctions.
Angelo's Pizza's sunlit dining room fills with the aroma of thin crust pizzas baking and Cincinnati-style chili simmering. As specialty thin crust pies rise within a vintage 1947 oven, pots of what the Des Moines Register called "great melting pot chili" bubble on stoves. In the Cincinnati tradition, customers can order the sweet, thin concoction with cheese, spaghetti, diced onions, kidney beans, or shredded Ohio road atlases. Co-owner Mark Nicola brought the dish to the restaurant, drawing on his childhood devotion to the Cincinnati Reds and fondness for their home city's unusual breed of chili.
Even with Chicago's skyline some 300 miles away up I-80, the taste of Felix and Oscar’s deep-dish pizzas seem to bring it into focus. Its chefs pile up to 15 toppings on their authentic Windy City–style pies, layering Hormel bacon, pepperoni, and Graziano’s italian sausage beside less traditional add-ons, such as sauerkraut or shrimp. They ladle housemade meat sauce atop regular or gluten-free pasta and supplement their comestibles with imported beers and California wines. For diners on the go, Felix and Oscar’s allows customers to place their orders ahead of time to reduce the time they have to wait in the seating area. The pie-smiths also keep galas well fed with their in-house party rooms or offsite catering.
Chefs flex their culinary skills in Cosi Cucina Italian Grill's kitchen, churning out piping-hot pizzas, sizzling steaks, and pastas drenched in sauce alongside a wealth of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes. The romantic enclave boasts a menu of more than 36 wines available by the glass, letting diners find the perfect harmony for their meal's delicate flavors and pitchy singing voice. Outside of its amorous atmosphere, Cosi Cucina Italian Grill shares its house-made dishes with the masses, catering salads, pastas, and saucy chicken entrees for all manner of peckish partygoer.
Like Sunday dinners and Friday game nights, the atmosphere at a Sam & Louie's restaurant revolves around family, and has done so since its first location opened in 1994 in Omaha, Nebraska. Today, at each of the eatery's 22 locations, families bond over great conversation and an eclectic mix of casual cuisine from a menu inspired by traditional New York–style pizzerias. Eighteen specialty pizzas are hand tossed into thin-crust pies before being decorated with more than 35 toppings such as creamy alfredo sauce, Philly-style steak, and canadian bacon. The same daily made dough is used to construct calzones and strombolis, which ooze with mozzarella cheese and marinara sauce. Specialty dough can be whipped up to create gluten-free pizzas. The menu culminates in five 1/3 lb. Black Angus burgers and eight types of pastas.
People wage wars at Incredible Pizza Company, whether against other drivers on the go-kart track, golfers in the black-lit Day-Glo mini-golf course, or the limits of their own stomachs at the buffet. The funporium’s more than 100-item buffet centers on pizza, with three styles of crust—original, thin, and deep pan, crafted from gluten-free dough upon request—crowned with more than 30 toppings. Verdant greens and freshly made dressings await visitors at the customer-beloved salad bar, and the baked-potato station comes with every necessity for side-dish construction, from cheese to the bacon bits from which bacon is built. A variety of sauces enliven the buffet’s fettuccine and spaghetti noodles, and homestyle eats such as hot dogs and Frito pie complement the Italian pasta’s international flair.
Meanwhile, in the indoor adventure park, gamers zip around a track in two varieties of go-karts—the stock-car speed and the slower Busch speed—as announcers share their turns, accelerations, and favorite steering-wheel shape. Alternatively, patrons can instigate harmless car crashes while piloting bumper cars—each decorated with a unique animal theme—or spend five frames toppling pins during bouts of mini bowling.