Sagra Bistro refuses to be pigeonholed. You'd be hardpressed to place all the flavors in its signature cheese torte, much less all the themes in its fusion menu. The dishes change frequently based on available ingredients, and the chefs don't stick within the boundaries of any one cultural cuisine or ancient family panini recipe. A meal might begin with spring rolls, move on to a Philly cheesesteak-inspired mac and cheese, and then finish with a lemon bar. Multiple influences can even coexist on one plate—if you don't want fresh-cut fries with your burger, then what about a side of pierogis?
Sagra Bistro also switches its specials depending on the day of the week. Tuesday means filet mignon, whereas crab cakes take over the starring role on Wednesday. Whatever the food du jour, though, Sagra Bistro's bartenders can pour the beer, wine, or liquor to complete the meal.
Dad's Hot Dogs instills home-country culinary pride with 19 hot dog varieties and myriad American favorites including burgers, wings, and steak sandwiches. Its menu tempts hot dog devotees with nearly 30 toppings to pile atop a Chicago dog ($2.25) or the Prairie dog, covered in cheese, barbecue sauce, and spicy mustard ($2.25). Get the energy to haul a hibernating bear up a set of stairs after sinking incisors into a specialty such as the Western dog, topped with pepperoni, bacon, barbecue sauce, and ranch dressing ($2.50). The shop's chefs cap off the burger selection with the equestrian-pleasing Kentucky burger, slathered with a galloping helping of horseradish sauce ($3.20). Thrifty diners can keep wallets from dropping into a lower weight class with money saving value meals.
Bistro Burgers & Kabobs handcrafts gourmet burgers, mediterranean munchies, and an array of breakfast eats. Anticipating showers of cucumber-yogurt tzatziki or tahini-garlic sauce, the classic kebab ($6.99) cloaks lamb, beef, chicken, or grilled veggies in a freshly baked pita. Dipping duels commence with plates of hummus ($4.49) and baba gannouj ($4.49), leading to heated showdowns for the spinach-pie crown ($1.79). Each cooked-to-order hamburger sports 6 ounces of grass-fed Black Angus beef nestled in texas toast, a brioche roll, or a sesame-seed bun, with options including the classic burger ($4.99) adorned with basic fixins and the bacon burger ($6.49) showered in sweet grilled-pineapple-and-sassy-barbecue sauce.
When The Melting Pot originally opened in 1975 just outside Orlando, the location was cozy and quaint, but diners had only three options: swiss-cheese fondue, beef fondue, or chocolate fondue. However, as the restaurant grew in popularity, so did its menu selection and atmosphere. The restaurant first expanded four years later under the leadership of a Melting Pot waiter and enterprising college student named Mark Johnston, who teamed up with his brothers Mike and Bob to open a new outpost in Tallahassee. This location grew in reputation to pave the way for future franchise expansion. Today, the company—now owned by the trio of siblings—reigns as the premier fondue, wine, and drink restaurant, stretching across North America with more than 140 restaurants linked by underground tunnels. The restaurant's menu has also ballooned, and patrons can now expect six varieties of hot dipping cheese paired with salads, meats, and molten chocolate.
On a given night, groups of foodies gather around tables to nosh on signature four-course meals, from cheese-fondue appetizers and various salads to steaks and seafood cooked in a choice of healthy broth or oil. Birthday revelers and couples can share decadent evenings at private tables, capping off meals with chocolate desserts that have defined The Melting Pot for decades.