Cuisine Type: Pizza, burgers, wings, and pasta
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Fresh hand-tossed pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Ask for onion strings.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Loft was seen in the recent movie Red Wing, which was filmed primarily in Whitewright and starred Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, and Frances Fisher.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have happy hour Monday–Friday from 2–7 p.m. and all day on Sunday. On Wednesday nights we have karaoke, and on Thursday nights we have an open mic. We also feature three big screen TVs for watching sports.
Décor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your décor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our décor reflects the personalities and interests of the owners, who are sky diving enthusiasts and rocket scientists. There is an airplane hanging in the middle of the dining room, a parachute hanging near the kitchen, sky-diving photos, and some de-commissioned rockets. We also mounted an old style movie projector on the wall.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our pizza dough is made from scratch every morning. We toss it by hand right in front our diners before topping each pizza with mozzarella cheese and our signature marinara sauce. We offer freshly sliced jalapenos (not pickled or cooked) as a topping, and we hand-cut and cook our french fries to order. Each burger comes with a seasoned 1/3 pound patty and a side of fries or a salad.
I Love Popcorn’s kernel herders pop up warm, fluffy servings of signature corn and douse them with more than 30 gourmet flavors for snacking, special occasions, or gifting. Bags of crunchy goodness ($3 for extra small; $4 for small; $5 for medium; $6 for large) come in flavors such as caramel and cheese, hot jalapeño, and cherry, each prepared fresh throughout the day to ensure maximum freshness. M&M Drizzle on caramel combines crunchy candies, thick chocolate drizzle, and decadent caramel corn into a gooey quagmire of deliciousness, whereas piña colada corn provides a sweet afternoon snack or a reminder of years spent busking in Margaritaville.
At Scotty P's we believe in old-fashioned quality. Our thick and juicy hamburgers are fresh ground chuck. Our chicken is always fresh, never frozen. Our soups, salads, onion rings, chili, dressings, and marinates are prepared fresh daily using family recipes.
Arturo and Tina Vargas have a unique way of celebrating their family's central Mexican roots. They make an annual journey to different locales south of the border, ending each trip with a visit to their hometown of Cuernavaca. But these aren't average vacations. Instead, Arturo and Tina use the opportunity to discover new ingredients or recipes that they can bring back to Cristina's Fine Mexican Restaurant, their flavorful franchise of Texas eateries. Their culinary findings appear throughout the menu of Tex-Mex cooking.
The staff at each of the Vargas' venues wholeheartedly embraces those deep roots, making flour tortillas in-house, hand-rolling enchiladas, and preparing orders of guacamole directly beside diners' tables. But that's not to say the dishes are expected—salmon with pineapple butter and fried chicken breast with white wine-cream sauce demonstrate some of the kitchens' more experimental inclinations. Flavored margaritas and mojitos can add spirited refreshment to meals, as can any of the beers that the restaurants import from Mexico via man with a very strong throwing arm.
It's hard to imagine a restaurant that epitomizes the great American diner better than Huddle House. Since 1964, the restaurant—which has locations scattered prominently throughout the southern states—has warmed bellies with burgers, hearty breakfasts, and heaping helpings of friendly hospitality, available 24-hours a day. Even the moniker is All-American: founder John Sparks came up with the name after a football huddle, hoping it would inspire his customers to gather round a table and swap stories over a warm meal.
Over the years, Huddle House's menu has expanded and adapted to changing tastes, but its focus has remained the same: old-fashioned, American comfort food. No matter what time it is, guests can order up biscuits smothered in gravy and cheese or dig into the shop's signature waffles, whipped up using a secret recipe and waffle irons that can't read. Afternoon eats include chopped steak burgers served with regular or sweet potato fries and sandwiches with a southern twist, like a Philly cheese steak stuffed between slices of thick-cut Texas toast.
With its casual dining atmosphere and rustic Old World cooking, Amato's Trattoria embraces the charm of Italian family-style eating. The chefs adhere to tradition by making pasta as well as meatballs in-house, lending a bit of homespun flavor to the menu’s assortment of classic Italian and Italian-American entrees. These iconic dishes appear alongside Sicilian-style pizzas, which diners can customize by adding as many as 19 different toppings—including everything from garlic and artichoke hearts to sausage and jalapeños. The dessert options manage to span both sides of the Atlantic by featuring traditional cannoli and tiramisu as well as New York-style cheesecake.