Buckhead Bar and Grill is an old-fashioned steakhouse, serving up delicious USDA prime beef, fresh seafood, all-natural poultry, and creative culinary twists on classic southern staples. The chef relies on locally grown organic produce, all-natural grass-fed beef, and free-range lamb to prepare the multifaceted meats and vivacious vittles featured on the menu. Whet a rasping appetite with the fried fresh calamari ($13) or jumbo-lump crab cake ($13) before moving on to more substantial fishy fare, such as the panko-encrusted Norwegian salmon ($26). Carnivorous cravings get speared with Buckhead’s savory selection of steaks, made with USDA prime Black Angus beef, including the maytag blue cheese 8-ounce filet mignon ($38) or the pepper-encrusted 10-ounce sirloin ($29). Green-eating grazers can choose from the wedge or caesar salads ($10 each) or the fire-roasted vegetable medley ($12). A selection of homespun sides, including whipped garlic mashed potatoes, stone-ground grits, and lobster bisque create the perfect complement to any flattery-loving meal. Indulge squealing sweet teeth with desserts like crème brûlée ($6) or homemade red-velvet cake ($6) plucked fresh from the February red-velvet fields.
Thick brocade curtains, soft seating, and ornate chandeliers cosset diners in an elegant atmosphere at Marie Livingston's Steakhouse. In 1992, the restaurant's matriarch and namesake parlayed years of menu-making into opening her own eatery, which she still runs today with her two daughters. Her sweet Alabama twang and gracious hospitality float through the air as she works both the front and back of the house, greeting guests at the door and ensuring each steaming dish and housemade dessert represents her name well. A secret-recipe steak sauce coats her selection of USDA Choice steaks and chops, all grilled over an open flame rather than a flat pan or a Senate subcommittee. And accompanying each are fluffy, family-recipe yeast rolls that have kept a stable of regulars coming back for more.
In a building once thought by many in the industry to be unsuitable for a restaurant, elegance enfolds guests and proves naysayers wrong. An entryway with a dome of distressed silver leaf and a vintage red sofa opens onto a dining area enhanced underfoot by marble and hardwood floors, and overhead by bright-red drop lighting. Black and cream flow throughout, with dark baseboards and crown molding lining the light walls, and large curved booths leading the eye to a black granite bar.
Rhonda Foster, owner and head chef of Liam’s Restaurant, founded Liam's with two maxims in mind: think locally and organically, and take the pretension out of fine dining. After hot-gluing the restaurant into a cozy, historic brick building in downtown Thomasville, Rhonda began purchasing ingredients from local sustainable-growth farms. To this day, Rhonda and her employees take an active role in every step of the farm-to-table process, whether they’re touring the actual farms to ensure their methods are organic or they're hunting for wild turkey and duck themselves.
From the open kitchen, chefs transmogrify the fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisan cheeses of their research into ever changing seasonal menu, which includes daily seafood specials such as the mushroom-crusted Ahi Tuna. Diners can look in on the cooksmanship while chatting with Rhonda and her husband Scott about culinary techniques or chewing strategies as the two slow-cook enticing dishes, such as the sautéed Duck & Mushroom confit with truffle oil. For smaller appetites, the duo plates up a selection of nearly a hundred artisan cheeses flown, shipped, or catapulted in from around the globe.
Craft brews from breweries like Dogfish Head and North Coast line the shelves alongside wines from California, Germany, and France. Liam’s also serves up weekday lunch and a Saturday European-style brunch, and periodically hosts themed events such as chocolate tastings, Taste of Spain, Lobsterfest, and Beer Club.:m]]
With 140 acres of grazing goats and masticating Jersey cows, Sweet Grass Dairy crafts artisan dairy delectables in a variety of styles. Curd-cravers can choose from a variety of cheese and charcuterie plates, such as Finn's Finest Fodder, stacked with finocchiona, creminelli barolo, speck, chorizo, Vilux dijon mustard, cornichons, and crackers. Meanwhile, wine lovers can test their matchmaking skills by pairing up lonely cheeses with a bottle of one of Sweet Grass's grape bloods. The wine menu changes weekly, but always offers myriad choices in different categories, including smooth white wines, big and bold reds, and attention-seeking sparkling varieties that perpetually fizz at top volume.
At Beef 'O' Brady's, hungry herds can satisfy hankerings for flavor stampedes with an extensive pub-style menu served in a sports-themed spot. Thrill-seeking taste buds dive tongue first into a wing basket laced with any of 11 different sauces and accompanied by fries, coleslaw, and blue-cheese dressing ($8.99) or beer-battered onion rings served with Beef's spicy dipping sauce ($6.69).
You'd really have to go out of your way to miss the big game at Sports Page, one of Columbus' original hometown sports bars. Besides more than 60 televisions scattered throughout the bar, the latest sports or pay-per-view WWE events are displayed on one 200-inch and three 115-inch screens. Sports only skim the surface of the bar's nightly entertainment, which ranges from karaoke on Thursday and Saturday to live music on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Domestic brews from the tap and by the bottle complement festivities, as well as the kitchen's assortment of classic bar food. Sports Page's cooks whip up everything from wings tossed in lemon-pepper parmesan to hot dogs crowned with saut?ed potatoes and onions.On weekdays, Monday-Friday, it also hosts a Country Buffet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.