A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Sushi-O skillfully blends diverse flavors in its Asian fusion cuisine, from the creative sushi it's named after to hearty cooked dishes such as citrus-teriyaki steak. Malaysian sambal paste flavors fried rice, and black-pepper sauce can adorn udon noodles or an 8-ounce filet mignon. Blends of curry lend spice to chicken and seafood dishes. The sushi chefs approach their work with an artistic eye, arranging maki rolls into whimsical shapes such as hearts, scorpions, and President Millard Fillmore. Each meal can be accompanied by drinks such as sake, Japanese beers, and American microbrews.
Outer Banks Seafood Company's freshly caught seafood dishes are conceptualized by owner Chef Wes Stepp, who is also the culinary brains behind Red Sky café (click here to see him in action.) Flip through the new fall menu and encounter oven-roasted parmesan-encrusted flounder-and-crab florentine ($22.99) and the nags header, which keeps seafood diehards canoeing through the door for jumbo lump crab-cake, scallops, fresh shrimp, and flounder fillet ($25.99). Non-seafoodies can chomp Carova grilled barbecue chicken, which rests on a bed of red neck risotto and a smattering of mango relish ($14.99). For dessert, indulge in the red velvet cake ($6.99), layered so high that it would be considered the second-tallest building in Delaware.
Schlotzsky's chewatoriums appease appetites with a menu of casual, eclectic fare anchored by 15 oven-toasted sandwiches. Diners can opt for Schlotzsky’s original sandwich with its time-honored marriage of ham and salami, or chomp through the turkey-bacon club's melty mélange of cheddar, mozzarella, and parmesan cheeses alongside veggies and signature dressing on toasted sourdough bread. Reubens ensconce hearty cuts of Angus corned beef, pastrami, and smoked turkey between toasted dark rye bread, coasting into palates atop sauerkraut and thousand island dressing siphoned from the finest archipelagos. Schlotzky’s own chip varieties accompany each combo, seasoning taste buds with flavors such as cracked pepper and jalapeño as diners clink fountain drinks and hunt for chips in the shape of their favorite island of the Philippines.
With five sizes of burgers, 30 free toppings, and up to 387,000 possible flavor combinations for shakes and malts, Cheeburger Cheeburger is a perfect stop for picky eaters and brilliant statisticians alike. This national 50s-style burger joint is notable for its sweeping menu of sandwiches, platters, and shakes, as well as its commitment to quality ingredients, such as Naturewell natural Angus beef. Everything is cooked to order, including the fresh-cut fries ($2.49–$4.49) and battered onion rings ($2.99–$5.09). Burgers range from the Classic ($5.19), weighing in at 5.5 ounces before cooking, to the signature Famous Pounder, a 20-ounce (before cooking) slab of bovine ecstasy ($10.49). Champion beefeaters can earn their photograph on the "Wall of Fame" for slaying this burger behemoth. Herbivores can opt for the grilled portobello-mushroom melt with sautéed onions and swiss cheese on rye ($7.19), or the veggie burger ($6.29), whereas lovers of air-meat can indulge in the My Bleu Chicken ($7.29), a grilled chicken breast smothered in swiss and blue cheese. Carbophobes can avoid filling up on bread with bun-free CheePlatters, sandwich fillings served with a choice of cheese, toppings, fries or rings, dipping sauce, side salad or coleslaw, and sautéed onions ($10.49), or meal-sized, custom salads (starting at $5.99).
Since immigrating to America from Sicily three decades ago, Joseph Lo Presti and his brothers founded a family of Italian-inspired restaurants that includes Piccola Italy and Maldini’s. At Mediterraneo, Joseph’s son Anthony has crafted a slightly more inclusive style by incorporating recipes from his wife Sofia, a native of Seville, Spain. Her influence can be seen in the tapas selection, which includes small plates such as patatas bravas and pinchitos threaded with chicken, pork, or sausage. Entrees revert to Italian classics—diners can dig into linguine tossed with fresh clams or housemade beef lasagna. However, pizzas are the specialty, made with regular or gluten-free crusts baked from scratch in a brick oven and slathered with ricotta and fresh basil.