Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
When you bite into the juicy tomatoes and finely tuned sauces that grace the pizza pies and strombolis at Johnny Brusco's New York Style Pizza, you're experiencing a genealogy of flavor that extends back to the recipes of Johnny Pace in his 1965 Manlius, New York, pizza shop. Today the restaurant prides itself on using the finest ingredients and a diligent sauce-stirring wrist to deliver a lot of love (and just a sprinkle of hatred to give it zing) into every savory bite.
Sparky's Pizzeria and Grill's menu boasts freshly prepared pizza, burgers, salads, and sizzling steaks from the grill. Perfect for birthdays, corporate picnics, or attracting sharks strangely partial to pizza, the party package facilitates feeding frenzies of up to 25 people with a large garden salad, 50 hand-breaded chicken tenders, and five 18" pizzas. Like a football made out of helmet-attracting magnets, the New York–style thin- or thick-and-chewy-crust pizzas come with unlimited toppings, including meats, vegetables, cheeses, and sauces, from a list of more than 20 different ingredients. The boneless white-meat chicken tenders provide an auxiliary supply of finger foods when the pizza-well runs dry, and the garden-salad bowl helps spruce up plate landscapes.
At El Mezcal, nachos are so much more than chips covered in cheese. There are 10 types of nachos, from beef- and bean-smothered ones to ones sporting zesty grilled shrimp. The large selection is indicative of the menu as a whole, which compiles several kinds of enchiladas, quesadillas, burritos, and tacos. Thankfully, 20 different combination platters allow diners to sample across these categories. There are also signature dishes, such as the El Mezcal Special: grilled rib-eye steak and shrimp mixed with veggies, served with rice, beans, and tortillas. At the bar, servers mix margaritas and pour homemade sangria, in addition to opening bottles of imported beers.
Amidst burnished gold walls and soft lighting, Thai Bistro & Sushi's chefs use a palette of ginger, Thai basil, lemongrass, and chilies, painting a bouquet of aromas across the restaurant. Thin or wide rice noodles twine around chicken or shrimp in various sauces, and bamboo shoots and bell peppers float in coconut-milk curries, all perfumed with the range of spices. The spiciness of each dish can be adjusted to suit a palate sensitive to heat or a need to pretend to be crying at a third-grade production of Of Mice and Men. Inside the dining room, pieces of modern art, suspended statues, and images of Buddha punctuate the walls.
Zaxby's menu of comfort foods includes hearty chicken fingers, chicken sandwiches, and wings. Meal come flanked by sides of celery sticks and ranch, fried mushrooms dipped in Zaxby's special sauce, or crinkle-cut fries. The only possible conclusion to such a filling meal is one of Zaxby's signature shakes, which come in a variety of flavors, such as chocolate cookie, birthday cake, and banana pudding.