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 1,500 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 or slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including Frozen Lemonade Mixers.
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. They also reach out to local communities through fundraising opportunities.
• For $16, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for two people (up to a $34.97 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. • For $30, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for four people (up to a $69.94 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. • For $42, you get a Signature Chicken Meal for six people (up to a $104.91 value). Click here for an overview of the combo. Chick’s Grill celebrates the egg’s most famous progeny with the Signature Chicken Meal, a combo of unusual size culled from a menu of specialty chicken dishes and American fare. Calibrated for coops of up six diners, each meal begins with your choice of appetizer, as fried pickles, grilled shrimp, and chicken nachos tease taste buds and taunt taste enemies. Diners then munch their choice of entrées, including any Chick’s Favorite chicken entrée, chicken sandwich, burger, or sandwiches from the “Not Into Chick’s” menu. Chefs slather up to 12 deep-fried wings in sauce before baking them to golden perfection, completely eliminating any chance of them flying off to migrate. The traditional chicken parm pairs breaded chicken with melted provolone and homebrewed marinara, while the Pittsburgh-style chicken sandwich sublets bun real estate to creamy coleslaw and crisp fries. Between bites, diners consult five wall-mounted HDTVs, tracking breaking sports happenings or watching five nightly newscasts at once.
Since 1984, the culinary team at Me Lyng Restaurant has crafted plates of traditional Chinese and Vietnamese specialties. Chinese dishes range from boneless duck stir-fried in a special sauce to classics such as stir-fried beef and veggies garnished with a small flower rather than an entire Christmas tree. On the Vietnamese end of the spectrum, chefs pair pho noodles with scallions, plum sauce, and pancakes; crepes can arrive stuffed with beef, chicken, or pork, all of which complement a sweet and tangy dipping sauce.
The proficient pie twirlers at Merlino’s blanket crusts of homemade dough in palatable piles of fresh cheese and toppings. A large 16" pizza quells the hunger pangs of game-day gatherings or an impromptu Thanksgiving with 12 slices of golden crust oozing with melted cheese. Although not included in the price of this deal, additions of pepperoni, sausage, jalapeños, pineapple, or green peppers ($1.95 each) add piquancy to each steaming bite, and specialty ingredients such as gyro meat ($3.25) add a gourmet touch to the comestible circlet. Fingers receive pre-meal warm-ups and postmeal cool-downs by lifting hefty doses of piping-hot wings, made all the more succulent when slathered in a choice of eight sauces, including hot barbecue, buffalo parmesan, Cajun, and butter garlic.
Pluma features flavors from across the globe, with Asian fusion, traditional American, hints of Tex-Mex, invasions of Grecian flavor, and Mediterranean traditionals. Crash-land your appetite on the restaurant’s runway-sized menu and scour the pages to settle on an appetizer such as fried provolone (breaded and fried provolone cheese with house-made marinara, $8.95). Then, split a 16-inch meat lover’s pizza with a carnivorous amore (house-made sauce, sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon, and Italian cheeses, $9.95).
Hearth-baked pizzas earned Pizza Supreme the love, and votes, of Tribune-Review readers in the 2010 and 2011 Trib Readers' Choice awards, according to the staff. In addition to award-winning pizzas, Pizza Supreme—also known as Café Supreme—serves fresh salads, signature burgers, and italian specialty pastas.