With blazing ovens, scratch-made glazes, and a flotilla of fillings, the donut architects at D Square Donuts defy and embrace convention daily by offering a menu of square sweets and traditional round cakes. Satisfy quadratic cravings with boxy baked treats packed with sweet key-lime filling or sprinkled with coconut shavings from formerly bearded palm trees ($0.85 each, $8.50 a dozen). Delectable dozens unite pastry prisms and hoops in the same package, allowing taste buds to enjoy four-cornered glazed and cocoa-coated, death-by-chocolate treats. Orders of donut holes recycle recently extracted cores to create spherical confections ideal for bite-sized snacking or teaching one's tongue to juggle ($1.85).
Blueberry Havens tends 40 acres of luscious blueberries, ready for picking, tasting, and tasting-while-picking. Harvesters scour the indigo fields with one of the farm's gallon buckets, selecting berries based upon personal standards of juiciness, blueness, sweetness, or resemblance to Cap’n Crunch Berries. The fruit farm doles out bags to carry berry bounties home, but pickers are advised to bring their own coolers or other sturdy transportation vessels. Blueberry Havens also curates an on-site bookstore with 15,000 used, rare, and out-of-print books.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).
Chef Jim Sikes culls seasonal ingredients into masterpieces of classic Big Easy cuisine so fresh the menus are rewritten each week. Dinner diners can munch on fresh crab claws ($13.95) and cakes ($9.95) dipped in homemade rémoulade before tasting Jimmy’s bud-kicking jambalaya with fried green tomatoes ($16.95) or fillet of pecan-crusted trout with apple chutney and potatoes ($19.95). For lunch, Jimmy’s serves up soft-shell crab BLTs ($9.95) and a selection of po' boys stuffed with beasts of the land and sea ($6.95–$8.95) alongside a bowl of The Real Thing gumbo ($4.95). Entrees always arrive with a side or two in tow, yet still delight in pairing off with a glass of wine ($5.95–$8.50) from Jimmy’s 200+ bottle wine list, recipient of a Wine Spectator 2010 Award of Excellence (bottles start at $22).
The fuss-free barbecue emperors at Smokey Pig have ruled over their oak-and-hickory-infused meat kingdom for more than half a century, gifting flavor-laden masterpieces to all those who flock into their domain. The lean, finely chipped pork begins its mouth-pleasing odyssey in a blaze of glory on an indoor open pit, harkening back to a simpler time when pterodactyls kept their word and mammoth fur wasn’t so expensive. Excite taste buds with the genteel barbecue sandwich, dressed in the house barbecue sauce and a fine slaw hat ($2.95). The Old Timer plate boasts 6 ounces of barbecue placed under the watchful care of three no-nonsense bread slices ($6.05). A team of wisecracking side orders—including brunswick stew, potato salad, and baked beans ($1.39+)—provides scrumptious backup for main courses while doling out an endless string of rib-tickling one-liners.
Since 1964, Blimpie has stacked and shuffled Jersey-style subs for on-the-go grabbers. The variety of items on its highly legible menu spans the savory spectrum, with hot, cold, and panini-grilled sandwich selections. Like the slangy biz terminology rappers give to their newest tracks, every made-to-order sandwich is sliced fresh. Wallet watchers can binge on a budget with a variety of $5 foot-long subs, and pound pinchers can indulge sans guilt with The Lighter Stuff, the newest menu line from Blimpie, featuring six sandwiches with fewer than 400 calories and 6 grams of fat. Nostalgic noshers can opt for the classic Blimpie Best, piled high with ham, salami, capicola, prosciuttini, folded provolone, veggies, vinegar, oil, and oregano (6", $4.39). To give meal mittens a rest, guests raise their forks high for fresh picks such as the garden salad ($3.49) or the Ultimate Club salad, a complex arrangement of lettuce, slow-cured ham, oven-roasted turkey, swiss, smoked cheddar, bacon, and rogue tomatoes ($4.99). Other delectable edibles include cups of the day's finest soup ($1.79+) and complete kids’ meals for diners younger than 12 years old ($3.49).