For more than 50 years, Denny's has been stifling rumbling stomachs with a menu of around-the-clock breakfast plates and classic dinner entrees. Guests may begin the comfort-food extravaganza with appetizing selections such as beef-barley soup or Caesar salad. Main courses including lemon-pepper-grilled tilapia schmooze with country-fried steak, which is known for its rustic charm and country gravy. Diners can challenge appetites with an Ultimate omelette, a three-egg amalgamation sporting sausage, bacon, fire-roasted peppers, and onions, and others can stick to Denny's classic Lumberjack Slam. After the main event, teeth avoid cramps with a series of stretches before plunging into desserts such as caramel apple crisp or a banana split. Denny's boasts free WiFi, a friendly staff, and a warm family-oriented atmosphere where griddled grains and cured bacons meld to energize hungry patrons for a day at work or for an afternoon staring contest.
Applebee's dispenses its brimming menu of American-inspired eats and low-calorie options in a casual dining atmosphere. Customers can commence feats with a pound of chicken wings slathered in one of four sweet or smoky sauces ($10.99), or with fried dynamite shrimp adorned with asian bread crumbs, spicy sauce, and the diamond ring you just awarded it with ($9.99). Clocking in at only 364 calories, teriyaki shrimp pasta ($14.99) tucks grilled seasoned shrimp into a teriyaki-sauce-coated bed of whole-wheat asian noodles ornamented with veggies such as sugar snap peas, water chestnuts, and red peppers. Basted in honey-barbecue sauce and rubbed with secret seasonings known only by Applebee's chefs and the government, honey-barbecue pork ribs ($21.99) tumble down tongues, joining a current of drafts, cocktails, or fountain drinks satiating thirsty patrons.
Capers' chef brings a contemporary approach to classic French technique and populates the lunch and dinner menus with locally sourced meat entrees, seafood, and desserts. The fixed-price dinner menu ($34) stars an ensemble of three courses, an appetizer, main course, and dessert. Alternately, the chefs can create a spontaneous menu catered to your preferences ($45 for three courses, $65 with wine pairings). On the individual-priced menu, garlic-and-lemon dressing pours over romaine lettuce to create the Capers caesar salad ($9), and horseradish sauce and red-bliss tomatoes accompany wild sockeye salmon in singing operatic arias ($23). Meanwhile, chefs hand cut dry-aged AAA strip loin, cook the meat to the desired temperature, then dress the 8-ounce steak with the latest runway fashions: smoked cheese curds, green peppercorn, and a handbag of fries ($25). For dessert, caramel hardens on top of rich custard to make crème brûlée ($7.50). Edibles pair with a variety of the sommelier-selected libations that helped Capers win a Wine Spectator award. Diners can also warm up at a wood fireplace, sip martinis at the bar, or rhythmically somersault to Capers' occasional live performances.
Crabby Joe's chefs conjure feasts from the eatery's menu of chicken, burgers, steak, and seafood that are inspired by the delectability of family home cooking. At dinner, piles of Tex-Mex chili or extra cheese adorn the load-bearing Joe's nachos, first cousin to the hearty loaded-cheese-fries starter. Entree options pile up to challenge one's decision-making speeds, including the 10-ounce new york striploin sprinkled with goat cheese in a brandy-peppercorn sauce or the grilled lemon-pepper salmon. Sweet treats cap off the meal with offerings such as the rich mud-mountain pie with its layers of chocolate and a crumbly topping. Customers sitting down for lunch can fortify for the day with the pulled-pork-topped texas barbecue burger or with pastas, salads, or steaming bowls of chili. Crabby Joe's also fosters a sports-friendly environment where the clink of frosty pints couples with a Leafs game or with broadcasts of soccer, football, baseball, or championship air-guitar events.