Not surprisingly, chicken is the centerpiece of Chicken Magnificent's menu of Southern cuisine. What might come as a shock is just what goes into preparing each succulent morsel. First, chicken is marinated in a signature sauce—a blend of more than a dozen ingredients—for more than 24 hours. Once the savory sauce has seeped deep into the meat, it's smoked over hickory wood and hot coals to sear in the complex of taste sensations. The barbecue masters round out their menu with battered fish fillets, made with a house-recipe batter, and sides such as seasoned, smoked sausage and sharp-cheddar cheese grits.
Sadie's Soulful Southern Experience took home the Steve Harvey Hoodie Awards' Best Soul Food title in 2008 and 2009 for its menu of healthy takes on homestyle favorites. Three fried wings perch atop a sweet-potato waffle in a sweet and savory take on classic chicken and waffles ($9.29), designed to fulfill all three food groups in the FDA's newly simplified food pyramid, and the seas present a dish of delicately spiced blackened salmon ($10.99). The herbaceously inclined can cast a pronged harpoon into the Crazy Apple-Berry salad ($6.99) to spear forkfuls of fresh greens, crunchy apples, dried cranberries, sweet onions, and glazed pecans. Alternatively, mark out the corners of a square meal with any four selections from a roster of 13 sides ($7.49), piling a plate with dishes such as fried corn on the cob, red beans and rice, mac 'n' cheese, or collard greens prepared, like congressional budgets in utopia, without pork.
Since the flavors of chicken salad, Italian sausage, Philly cheese steaks, and chicken-fried Philly Oreos never stray far from the basic flavors of their protein bases, your mouth can get bored very quickly. Today's Groupon will give it a nice change of pace: for $5, you get $10 worth of meatless, milkless, and guiltless deliciousness to go from Zizi's, a vegan eatery that serves healthy and flavorful American favorites and ethnic cuisine from its Gold Hill Pavilion storefront. This Groupon is good for take-out only.
Fragrant aromas billow from the kitchen at Nano's Dominican Cuisine, transporting visitors to the vibrant streets of the Dominican Republic. During breakfast, lunch, and dinner, chefs char-broil, fry, and stew fresh ingredients to conjure the flavorful cuisine and the colorful culture that thrives in the Dominican Republic. Using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, the chefs craft a menu that is heavily influenced by stews, seafood, and the unmatched joy of white sand beaches.
Not only do canines and their owners come to Dog Bar to socialize, but human visitors can also order a round of beer. While owners sip cool beverages from the bar, dogs play on a partially covered patio with astroturf. Dog Bar's staff sanitizes the play area each day, ensuring a clean and safe environment.
Revolution Pizza & Ale House keeps its menu local by relying on fresh local pork and hand-selected produce, as well as stocking North Carolina craft beers. Revolution affirms its commitment to fresh food through the Italian phrase "Produzione Propria"—meaning "made in-house"—on its logo, along with an image of Demeter, the Greek goddess of harvest. All dishes are made from scratch on the premises, from the freshly baked pizza dough to the Mediterranean-style dishes such as eastern BBQ pork sandwiches, mushroom fettuccine, and housemade fresh mozzarella and focaccia bread. New beers are added to the mix weekly, with choices such as Big Boss Monkey Bizz-Ness, a Belgian-style ale from Raleigh that packs a Donkey Kong-sized punch with its 9% ABV and propensity to leave guests talking about their secret banana hoards.