It was more than half a century ago that Kerry Steed's grandparents served the first slice at Generations Pizzeria. Today, Kerry continues the family legacy, doling out specialty pies, freshly made subs, and buttery garlic bread sticks to diners that pass through the bright pizzeria's door. The chefs toss their traditional and gluten-free crusts with gourmet ingredients such as fresh banana peppers, crispy bacon, and premium sausage. Awaiting pies and burgers in the dining room is a leisurely experience, with customers sitting in cushy booths, sipping frosty beers, and watching the game on glimmering flat-screen TVs.
Perkins began as a single humble Ohio pancake house in 1958. More than 50 years––and 440 national locations––later, each Perkins restaurant stays true to its roots by keeping those signature buttermilk pancakes the focal point of a 90-plus-item menu. Cooks layer the popular flapjacks in stacks of two, three, or even five and make the fluffy towers all the more tempting with toppings such as glazed strawberries, whipped cream, or flavored syrups. Breakfast favorites—including hearty omelets and country benedicts—are served all day, meaning kids and adults can order short stacks to accompany their jumbo-shrimp or steak dinner, instead of smuggling them in under a stovepipe hat. Unlike most other chain restaurants, Perkins also features in-store bakeries that churn out the shop's real fruit and cream pies, muffins, and chocolate-chip cookies.
For nearly 30 years, the stain-ousters at Quality Dry Cleaning have relinquished apparel and linens of grime and fabric-marring spots. During cleanings, delicate items such as blouses and scarves receive careful attention, and two-piece suits and neckties regain their fresh, presentable appeal after business-meeting coffee fights. An Ugg boot cleaning spruces up footwear weathered from stomping through snow, slush, and salted sidewalks, and a comforter cleaning expunges regular or down bedding of spills from late-night snacking or the ever-clumsy Sandman.
Overlooking Bel-Wood Country Club’s manicured greens and fairways, the Grille Room prepares simmering heavily laden plates of American fare from an eclectic menu for customers from around Cincinnati. The barbecue-pulled-pork sandwich treats a lonely mound of tender, smoked pork waiting to be hugged between slices of bread ($8), and the Bel-Wood burger customizes a thick patty of Angus beef with interchangeable accessories to create a bacon burger, jalapeño burger, or arctic adventure burger ($9). The Grille Room’s entrees tempt taste buds with a prevailing nautical theme, exemplified in the house-made beer-battered fish and unassaulted chips ($14). With roasted fingerlings lounging sumptuously over wild-mushroom ragout, the seared salmon fillet ($17) caps off the Grille Room’s standard menu selections, but special dinner features every weekend promise serendipitous discoveries for patrons.
Saxbys Coffee delights taste buds with coffees brewed from small-batch roasted beans. Green coffee beans journey from their country of origin to Saxbys' roasting facility, where the master roaster employs traditional European techniques to carefully roast each small batch of beans, giving them a light, medium, or dark flavor profile.
In-store baristas spice up cups of java with more than 200 flavorings, such as coconut and toasted marshmallow, that imbue brews with an extra kick. Saxbys Coffee is just as meticulous with the environment as it is with its beverages—all of the shop's lids, java jackets, napkins, and cups are 100% recyclable and 100% welcomed by billy goats attempting to curb their tin-can addictions.
Centerville Car Wash & Café's team of wash doctors turns muddy autos into sparkling chariots of cleanliness as customers lounge in comfort. The Works car wash cleanses auto exteriors and paints them with a clear-coat sealant to prevent damage to the paint job. To help to repel the water droplets from melting clouds, Rain-X is applied to glass surfaces, and Wheel Brite treats tires to a relaxing facial while the car's underbody receives a rust-inhibitor bath. The technicians also tend to interiors with similarly meticulous care, vacuuming, washing windows, dusting, and placing an air-freshener cherry on the auto sundae. While the scrubbing and buffing take place, car owners can wait in the café area, which features a flat-screen TV and couches.