When the titular owner of Mr. Jim's Pizza founded his first eatery in 1975, he wasn't planning to be there for long. Instead, he hoped his business profits would help him to open his own franchise of McDonald's, where he'd worked part-time to put himself through college. Soon, however, the success of his shop led to the opening of several more locations in Garland, as well as franchises across the state. Today, Mr. Jim presides over dozens of Texas pizza joints, where chefs hand-stretch freshly made dough to create their trademark pizzas. Loaded with fresh mozzarella, crisp veggies, and real meat toppings, these pies fill tables and takeout boxes alongside appetizers such as wings and bread sticks dipped in fresh tomato sauce.
Visit Shoemaker & Hardt Coffee House and Country Store and you’ll be transported to a turn-of-the-century general store—that is, if the whole world back then happened to smell like coffee. The historical storefront is lined with a collection of antiques, from Coca-Cola ephemera to taxidermy; inside, staffers mix up mochas and top off cappuccinos with foam. The menu also includes teas, hot chocolate, and specialty flavored lattes, such as English Toffee and the Chocolate Grasshopper, a chocolate-peppermint concoction that can double as a conscience if you pour it over a Pinocchio. In addition to antiques and drinks, Shoemaker & Hardt also collects marbles, candles, and old-fashioned candies.
Celebrating 12 years as Wylie's "Destination Hot Spot" for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Where great food meets atmoshphere for "Comfort Food with an Edge". Voted Best Sandwich (chicken salaad), Best Dessert & Healthiest Restaurant in a local poll. Family owned & operated & the Golden Rule is applied. Catering is available.
The filet flayers at Steak Kountry carve out a menu of meaty medallions that award tasters in a spacious, country-style setting. Before the main course, grab an appetizer of homestyle onion rings ($5.99) that jumpstart gustatory glands and double as ogre finger accessories. The Judge Bean entree metes out justice against raucous belly bellows with a thick cut of top sirloin ($14.99), while the Dalton Brothers entree conceals its purloined filet mignon beneath sheets of bacon ($23.99). Diners can experience palatable repetition with the Cheyenne chicken-fried chicken breast doused in homemade gravy ($8.49). A salad and hot food bar packed with greens touts 85 tasty options ($3.49 with meal, $9.99 by itself), much like a choose-your-own-adventure novel written by Emeril Lagasse. After conquering meats of mammoth proportions, guests may peruse the gift shop for toys, candles, and other miscellany, though this Groupon is not valid within its confines.
Meal maestros at Fontana's Italian Bistro festoon New York–style pizzas, hearty pastas, and hot or cold subs with fresh ingredients imported from Italy. After poring over the menu, diners can order six garlic knots ($2.50) to jump-start appetites or tie off half a dozen ponytails. Carnivorous incisors slice into the 18-inch extra-large meat lover's stuffed pizza ($24.99) or the sicilian deep-dish pizza with cheese and sausage ($16.99), and veggie-leaning palates can opt for the flora-filled flavor of the eggplant parmigiana sub ($5.99). Forks twirl into creamy beds of linguine with white clam sauce ($7.99), and taste buds heat up with the shrimp diablo ($10.99), a dish spicier than a tabloid feature on Posh, Baby, and Scary.
Saxbys Coffee's rich array of caffeinated ambrosias crafted from grade 1 arabica beans joins a cornucopia of teas and smoothies on the shop's extensive menu. Espresso drinks include exotic cinnamon lattes ($3.25–$4.30) and basic cappuccinos ($2.95–$3.45) cloaked in frothy cream or 18 dulcet syrups that hide their rich caffeinated cargo from privateering tongues. Brewmancers summon Saxbys Coffee's wide selection of roasts from single-origin, fair-trade, and organic beans, which undergo a European roasting process to prepare cocoa-noted Tanzanian peaberries and italiano blends for beverage Valhalla. Frolattes—a frozen breed of latte rarely found in nature—are catalogued in such flavors as white-chocolate mocha and British Islander ($3.70–$4.70) alongside many species of teas ($1.50–$2.20) and fruity smoothies ($3.45–$4.50). Lounging cyborgs can stop by to bask in the soothing aura of the shop's free WiFi while sipping their selection.