When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
The culinary experts at Ali’s Grille & Cafe craft extensive menus for lunch and dinner, silencing growling hunger pangs with an array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and more. Pick up one of Ali’s handheld comestibles, such as the three-cheese panini on a ciabatta bun ($5.95) or the bacon-wrapped black-bean burger that rides atop a portobello mushroom ($7.95). An asian oriental salad mixes mandarin oranges, red peppers, cinnamon honey almonds, and chinese noodles with a sesame ginger dressing ($6.95), while a java-rubbed rib steak topped with onions and portobello mushrooms comes accompanied by a baked potato and sauteed zuchini ($15.95). Feeding frenzies get a grand liquid finale with an espresso milkshake ($4) or a fresh strawberry-banana smoothie ($4), and Ali’s can infuse its beverages with health-enlivening vitamins and minerals ($1.99–$2.99), including antioxidants, vitamin B12, and protein to build up muscles before arm-wrestling with a western lowland gorilla.
The Clubhouse Restaurant at Parx Racing fills the bellies of hungry bettors while allowing them to feast their eyes on the horse races that are happening both near and far. Feed your odds evaluator with first-course offerings such as the chicken wings ($9), deep fried and slathered in your choice of sauces including buffalo, teriyaki, or a honey barbecue that is sure to placate even the most bellicose Pooh bears. The popular manhattan clam chowder arrives chock full of tender clams in a creamy broth ($4.50), and the chicken parmesan rests atop a bed of penne and marinara ($11).
Hot dogs can be prepared many ways—boiled, grilled, or strung onto a piece of thread and worn as a necklace. Champion River Dawgs and Fries, a roving hot-dog stand, flash-fries them. Customers can select from more than 25 veggies and sauces to top the fryer-crisped dogs and pair them with fresh-cut fries made from Idaho Burbank potatoes.