In an elegant, family-friendly atmosphere, Max's Ally offers a mix of updated comfort fare and fresh, upscale dishes. Smack tongue buds with flavorful dinner starters such as the five-spice tuna, served rare with a mango-avocado slaw and wasabi aioli ($9.95), or sneak an entourage of fried green tomatoes, stone-ground yellow grits, country ham, leek fondue, and tomato jus past the velvet rope of your mouth club ($7.95). Jed's Pork Chop in a cider reduction rubs elbows with a sweet-potato puree, wilted spinach, and Granny Smith apple slaw ($16.95), and the Just for the Veggies plate teams up handpicked seasonal vegetables with parmesan risotto or couscous ($12.95) for a culinary all-star team.
The Diversity Den Café is a coffeehouse and social hub where exquisite potables meet lively community events. The café boasts a variety of specialty caffeinated beverages, such as the indulgent Oreo Diverse latté, made with espresso, steamed milk, peppermint syrup, whipped cream, and topped with a crushed Oreo cookie ($3.50–$4.30, plus $0.50 for extra cookies). Or keep it simple with one of a selection of herbal teas ($1.30–$1.60) or a spiced vanilla chai latté ($3.25–$4.25). An extensive wine and spirit menu, which features beer ($3–$4.50) and classic cocktails ($7–$11), fuels socializing and friendly debates over the etymological origins of Thomas Jefferson. The Diversity Café also lines the empty bellies of its customers with ever-changing meal options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as a steady menu of bagels, muffins, and pastries ($0.59–$1.95).
The meals served at Bonfire Bar & Grill are exactly the type you might expect to eat around a bonfire at a backyard barbecue—there's crab cakes with roasted corn; strawberry salad with blue cheese; grill-fired pork ribs; hand-formed burgers topped with smoked bacon. Though rooted in comfort food, Bonfire's menu, like a dancing chimney sweep, has its moments of elegance. Spice-rubbed salmon is paired with local tomatoes, and asparagus brightens up a plate of garlic mashed potatoes and a 6-ounce filet. Diners can enjoy those meals in front of the sporting events broadcast each evening, or stop in for regular live events such as trivia and poker tournaments.
At PapaRoni's Pizza & Ice Cream, the aroma of freshly made pizzas, calzones, and subs lures customers in for a decadent feeding frenzy. The chefs fleck specialty pizzas in toppings including asiago cheese, provolone, and ground beef, and each of their signature white pizzas hosts fixings on a foundation of house-made garlic sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. A lengthy dessert menu rewards well-behaved taste buds with a selection of sundaes, shakes, and soft-serve ice cream. Guests can sup in the restaurant's casual dining room, or take their meals to go to devour them at home, at the office, or in a rival pizza place’s parking lot.
Chef Thai and Sushi Bar serves up Asian specialties that range from ocean-fresh sashimi to spicy Thai curries. Chefs alternate between slicing and rolling wild-caught salmon or roasting duck with basil and pineapple. Whichever dish you choose, rest assured that it will pair nicely with a thai iced tea or a bubble tea brimming with tapioca pearls.
In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.