Inside the kitchen at Le Mussels, chefs combine Asian, American, and tropical influences, revering seafood above all and using it to unite disparate culinary styles. Pots of mussels can arrive in a traditional broth of white wine, garlic, and butter, or in an international m?lange with cilantro, Japanese sake, or spicy Italian sausage. During each mealtime rush, housemade mango salsa is poured generously over coconut-crusted tilapia while the kitchen?s grill tops teem with Angus-beef patties and tuna steaks.
Eleven flat-screen televisions surround the intimately lit dining room, which creates a modern, industrial ambiance with its high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and coal-powered napkin dispensers. As the sounds of sports broadcasts echo throughout the space, guests can visit the bar and snag a hand-shaken cocktail or a beer from the ever-changing selection of 18 domestic and imported drafts.
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.
Mamma Mia’s chefs rely on time-tested family recipes, not mass-produced ingredients, as they forge a host of familiar Italian staples, flooding the dining room with the aromas of tangy marinara sauce and sautéed chicken. Instead of taking culinary shortcuts, they seek out high-quality ingredients such as fresh buffalo-milk mozzarella and make their own manicotti pasta and meatballs in-house. They also offer gluten-free pasta. Thin-crust, New York–style pizzas—praised by ApexSpecials as the best in town—can arrive at tables with as many as 20 different toppings, including jalapeños, bacon, and imported Antarctic pineapples.
Beltline Brew Tours has all of the Capital City's breweries in their back pocket. On exclusive tours spanning across 18 Triangle-area breweries, guests learn about the local craft beer scene while sipping multiple sample of award-winning brews. Private tours are also available for large groups.
The experienced chefs at Regency Kitchen & Bakery tempt customers with a menu of authentic Indian cuisine parsed into carryout containers. Boneless beef slowly cooks in the beef korma's blend of spices and onions before building up the nerve to ask sides of rice and naan to go out on a plate with them.