A steady stream of servers constantly moves from the kitchen of Grand Pacific Buffet kitchen to the buffet serving station, where they replenish trays of sesame chicken, pepper steak, crispy egg rolls, and other Chinese cuisine classics. Diners can also load plates with assorted sushi rolls or, on certain occasions, unlimited helpings of succulent snow crab legs. Giant koi fish swim in an indoor pond, adding to the restaurant's Asian-inspired decor.
Pig-N-Whistle slathers savory barbecue sauce onto every slice of pork, chicken, and turkey on its menu and hickory-smokes them inside an on-site smoker. Cheer up lonely taste buds with a chopped barbecue-shoulder sandwich nestled in a toasted bun, topped with barbecue sauce, and holding hands with cole slaw ($3.99). The full slab of ribs for one ($16.99) silences the stomach's growls and snarky TV recaps and is served with two sides, such as fried okra or barbecue baked beans. Finish the feast with Pig-N-Whistle's signature hot cobbler with ice cream, whose mingling of gooey warmth and freezing cold creates a mist thick enough to hide its eater from the searching eyes of implacable mall survey-takers.
Petra Café’s gustatory gurus transform pita or ciabatta bread into greek gyros and italian sandwiches at lunch. Diners send spinach-pie emissaries, made with phyllo dough, fresh spinach, and piquant feta ($3.50), to stomachs to pave the way for the Santorini lamb salad ($12.99), a vegetable-and-meat combination more satisfying than a genetically engineered hot-dog tree. Ruminators munch on attic classics, such as pitas stuffed with gyros meat ($6.49), falafel ($6.99), or, in a surprising twist, hundreds of miniature trojan horses. Taste buds can travel across the Mediterranean with the sicilian panini—grilled ciabatta bread enveloping pepperoni, genoa salami, and monterey jack and covered in layers of basil pesto and spicy mustard ($8.99).
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).
As noted in the Memphis Flyer, Sascha Parker made her first batch of unorthodox deviled eggs??topped with bacon, lettuce, and tomato??as snacks for her officemates. Friends and coworkers snatched up additional batches by the dozen, and as her egg-based treats took the Memphis area by storm, she was practically forced into business. Today, as the owner of Eggcellence, she has expanded her repertoire, drawing from a life's worth of cooking experience and a degree from L'?cole Culinaire, to create even more experimental morsels. Her spiced deviled-egg combinations include the barbecue with smoky barbecued? chicken and cabbage, the Hawaiian with pineapple and teriyaki-glazed Spam, and the California with crab and avocado. Each is handcrafted from fresh ingredients, though Sascha limits her treats to three toppings to keep flavors bright.
The sizzle of the round-bottom wok is how many Asian dishes begin, according to the staff at Noodles Asian Bistro. To craft its menu, the kitchen draws together dishes from China, Thailand, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, which seems to highlight the similarities rather than the differences in the cuisines. The wok sears chopped vegetables and sliced meats with sweet and spicy sauces for both traditional dishes, and house specialties, such as the Happy Family with chicken, beef, and shrimp tossed with veggies, perfect for stuffing an omnivore's pinata.