The confectionists at Cookies & Cream create sweet treats for birthday parties, special events, or everyday enjoyment. Patrons can customize vanilla, chocolate, or red velvet cupcakes to their liking, adding frosting and more than a dozen kinds of candy pieces. Visitors can also add candy to milkshakes, or, experimentally, to an array of coffee and tea drinks. Not just a purveyor of sweets, Cookies & Cream cooks up a full spectrum of American favorites such as cheeseburgers, chilidog, and pizza, and uses radio waves from the electromagnetic spectrum to make WiFi available. The team also hosts fundraisers at its facility and helps locals design fundraising campaigns.
At Bricks Downtown Grill and Bar, laughter and the clinking of drinks mingles with the savory aroma wafting up from freshly-baked thin-crust pizzas. Guests cheer on their favorite football teams on overhead flat screens as they quaff frosty beers and chow down on handmade burgers. Or if the music strikes them, they can dance to tunes happily provided by local live musicians and rock bands or sing along on karaoke nights.
The notion of “fast and casual” isn't new—most chain restaurants adhere to the concept, as do many conversations with abandoned sock puppets. However, at Brioso Fresh Pasta, efficient service merges with local and organic ingredients to bump "fast and casual" into the glow of a new spotlight. Italian dishes range from house-made pasta to fork-free paninis, all of which arrive at tables on the arms of friendly servers. Brioso’s culinary team also respects special dietary needs with gluten-free pastas and vegan menu options.
The chefs at Harbor Inn Seafood cast a wide net across America’s vast waters, hauling up recipes for seafood standbys ranging from river-dwelling catfish to Atlantic denizens such as scallops and crab. Undersea eats arrive fried and boiled, taking their place at the table with terrestrial delicacies including juicy cuts of prime rib and filet mignon.
Using local ingredients whenever possible, the chefs at Palmetto's Smokehouse and Oyster Bar smoke prime meats with flavorful rubs, carefully shuck oysters for fire grilling, and prepare other specialty dishes such as creole jambalaya, shrimp five ways, and fried green tomatoes. Customers can order oysters prepared four ways?raw, steamed, grilled, or fried?and dive into smoked meats such as brisket and pulled pork. As they eat with eco-friendly tableware and sip on sweet tea or wine, diners can admire digital artwork by local photographers.