Some things are just too good to keep quiet. So after Marsha’s Specialty Desserts & Tierney’s Catering started crafting mouthwatering meals and desserts for friends' and family’s special occasions, they couldn’t just keep it to themselves. Thirteen years later, the family-owned operation now offers anyone the chance to taste their hearty dishes such as sweet-and-sour meatballs, spaghetti pie, california pinwheels, and pulled-pork sandwiches. The team can help feed any size party, working with clients to create a curated menu for the buffet or easy-to-handle boxed lunches for tours of the world’s ricketiest wooden bridge.
Alongside their full meals, the staff’s bakers have gained acclaim for their sculpted cakes and premium cupcakes. They offer custom creations for weddings and birthdays, but they also bake up simple circle cakes and cupcakes in flavors such as pumpkin pie, jelly donut, and root-beer cream float. Their bakers can mold the treats into fun shapes, or add in a dollop of filling to add a surprise to every bite.
Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
The kid-approved cadet menu at Heroes makes it family-friendly, while its military theme gives the classic pizzeria and deli fare an air of official sanction. Go directly to the top of the food chain with the general: a sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, and ground beef pizza floating in a sea of cheese ($12.99 for a 12-inch). Heroes' crew of hunger fighters sends appetites off the radar with navy subs; try the commander, chicken strips topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese ($6.29), or its airborne cousin, the aviator ($6.29), which takes off on wings of marinated beef with melted cheese and sautéed peppers and onions.
N'awlins Creole Café is authentic to the cuisine and culture of the Big Easy, right down to the zydeco band living inside the soda machine. The restaurant ships in all its seafood from New Orleans, giving customers the freshest catches from the baitsmiths of the bayou. Menu items include several 6-inch po' boy sandwiches, including the classic shrimp po' boy ($8) and an alligator sausage variety, as well as traditional Crescent City jambalaya ($8.50) with chicken and hot, smoked sausage. Seafood plates (with one side, French bread, and house or potato salad) include a dozen fried shrimp or oysters ($12), and a seafood platter ($14) contains the tasty troika of shrimp, oysters, and catfish. Indecisive fleur-de-lis fanatics can opt for N'awlins Creole Café's sampler platter ($12), featuring jambalaya, red beans, rice, and the choice between gumbo with crawfish or shrimp étouffée.
The culinary wizards at Sidelines cook up hearty helpings of pub grub that patrons can discover on the extensive menu. Limber chomping muscles for a marathon meal with starters such as zesty battered and fried pub pickles ($5.79) or garbage fries, a savory mélange of bacon, tomatoes, and jalapenos lounging atop a bed of waffle fries and blanketed in melted mozzarella and cheddar cheeses ($7.59). The selection of five pizzas allows diners to indulge their craving for a disk without having to endure the gamey texture of a frisbee. Table visitors can also wrap tongues around the Porkzilla sandwich, staffed by grilled ham, slow-cooked pulled pork, and bacon ($8.99), or munch on the Knock-Out burger, a bunless wonder that packs the space between two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon and a half-pound steak burger patty ($9.79). Feel free to lubricate a parched palate by sipping one of the beers cascading from the Sidelines tap, such as Labatt, Killian's, and Blue Moon.
In 1953, Shawnee, Oklahoma played host to the very first Sonic, a drive-in diner replete with carhops on roller skates who served classic burgers, fries, and tater tots. Now, more than 50 years later, Sonic is the biggest chain of drive-in restaurants in America, a title that's fueled by its signature toaster sandwiches, its foot-long, quarter-pound coney dogs, and its 398,929 possible combinations of frozen beverages. The restaurant's original dishes remain largely unchanged and silent, and new additions, such as breakfast burritos and a rotating selection of shakes, keep diners on their toes.
The restaurant doesn't just feed bellies—for more than 15 years, it's fed the minds of Oklahoman youth with academic enhancement programs, and its national Limeades for Learning program works to advance educational opportunities for youth throughout the country.