For the majority of the '70s, according to local folklore, bassist Ferocious Ambush toured America with his southern rock band, Country Thunder. In 1978, he hung up his bass in pursuit of a more "honest living." He shied away from the public eye until 1980, when he kicked off a North Texan tour with the Ferocious Ambush Chili Cookers. Instead of music, however, the Chili Cookers served up hearty bowls of red during regional and international cook-offs, winning over the crowds as much for their simmering spices as their singing and dancing.
Twenty-four years later, the Chili Cookers found a permanent home for their two loves—music and good food—when they opened Ambush Grill and Bar. Their chefs marry old-fashioned southern eats with southwestern and Mexican flavors, serving up a hearty menu that keeps the Chili Cooker's legendary recipes alive. The famous chili flows into bowls, over burgers, and beneath corn chips in chili pie. A Li'l Pardner's menu is also available to fill kid-sized stomachs and lonesome thimbles with smaller portions of pub fare.
Cousin’s Bar-B-Q’s sauce-soaked menu teems with classic dishes made with chopped and smoked meats, plus a medley of hearty sides. Carnivorous concoctions including pulled pork ($7.99) and chopped beef brisket ($8.99) join sides such as sweet ranch beans and carrot-raisin salad, giving jaws a workout while toning tongues’ six-pack abs. Sandwiches stack one protein ($4.89) or two ($5.99), and a cavalcade of smoked meats including boneless chicken breast ($10.99/lb.) offers unadorned taste that far surpasses an all-dough pizza or an ice sandwich. Cousin’s Alliance Town Center location, known as Cousin’s Urban BBQ, boasts additional sandwiches and eclectic entrees, such as the Texican tacos plate, a border-blurring pile of chipotle-mango salsa, coleslaw, and cilantro atop brisket, pulled pork, or chicken ($7.99 for 2, $8.99 for 3).
"Simple and delicious." Straightforward words, sure, but they're also the most accurate description of Chelsea Pizza's no-frills menu, according to the owner. Using a family recipe, the cooks assemble veggie, meat-lovers, and margherita pies. They also fold their house-made crust around pepperoni calzones, or stuff their toppings into sub sandwiches. For dessert, zeppoles come topped with sugar and cinnamon released by a tiny crop duster that flies around the dining room.
Cuisine Type: pizzeria
Reservations: not necessary
Handicap Accessible: yes
Number of Tables: 5–10
Parking: parking lot
Most popular offering: pizza
Delivery / Take-out: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Yofé Fresh Fruit & Yogurt Café’s healthful menu nourishes patrons with prompt service, probiotics, and dishes made from natural ingredients. Its signature yogurt contains live, active probiotics, which can help digestive functioning and increase one’s tolerance for eating year-old fruitcakes. Along with traditional frozen yogurt with toppings, the staff channels creamy goodness into smoothies or artful parfaits layered with sweet treats such as bananas and vanilla wafers or mixed seasonal berries. For more solid sustenance, customers can choose from a selection of salads and piping-hot paninis. Diners enjoy nibbles in the café's modern setting, which features sleek black chairs amid hues of green and orange. Large glass windows welcome natural light while honeybees try in vain to sneak in through the door and pollinate the eatery’s plastic flowers.
Simply Fondue's intimate, chandelier-lit dining room plays host to tabletop pots that bubble with warm imported cheeses, oils, and broths. The restaurant's cheese fondues from Switzerland, the Mediterranean, and England allow diners to taste the world's flavors without having to lick every country's flag. The eatery also simmers traditional canola oil fondue and broth fondue. For each entree, chefs pair simmering helpings with platters of meat, seafood, or veggies, all of which can be altered upon request.
Many meals conclude with chocolate fondue, which features an impressive coterie of sweets such as pound cake, triple-chunk brownies, cookie-dough balls, and fresh pineapple chunks plucked from the hats of local conga dancers. The dining experience stays casual throughout with plush booths and granite table tops.
Icelandic cod, freshwater catfish, and gulf shrimp have been sizzling in the low-cholesterol vegetable oil of Zeke's Fish & Chips' fryers since 1971. Filled with crispy fish and southern-style sides?including fried okra and hush puppies?the menu exudes a down-home charm. In recognition of the eatery's commitment to wallet-friendly prices as well as quality comfort foods, Forbes placed Zeke's Fish & Chips on its 2011 list of Best Eats For The Buck, which spotlighted 20 eateries from all four of America's coasts.
In keeping with the casual vibe, guests order their grub from chalkboard menus behind the register. A stool-lined counter stretches along one entire wall of the narrow fry shop, inviting diners to put their elbows up and devour a piping-hot meal or classified government document.