From Old Saigon to Bangalore and everywhere in between, Southeast Asian cuisine embraces distinct foods that overlap in ingredients and cooking methods. Pho D’Lite culls the healthiest all-stars from each region, starting with pho from Vietnam. Swimming with noodles and a variety of toppings and a choice of meat such as chicken, beef, or meatballs, the eatery’s namesake soup shares space on the menu with loaded vermicelli and rice bowls topped with authentic curry and spices. Only the highest quality ingredients infiltrate each dish, including organic tofu, antibiotic- and hormone-free meat, and fresh produce.
If comfort food is supposed to evoke a sense of ease and familiarity, the Impossible Double Hank burger breaks rather severely with tradition. With its intimidating name and heaps of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, bacon, and cheddar, the burger forces the brave patrons of Hank’s Tavern & Eats to confront their most delicious fears. Though less overwhelming than the double-portioned hamburgers, the tavern’s shrimp po’ boys, baby back ribs, and fish burritos are made with similarly fresh ingredients and prove just as tasty. While digging into these and other hearty eats, patrons can follow local sports on 20 TV screens and guesstimate their height by lying facedown on the 50-foot bar.
The Carolina Kitchen is the most amazing and popular southern cuisine restaurant chain in the nation. It was created to offer its guest taste buds an amazing journey through the South. From the moment One enters, they are transported to another world; designed to stimulate the soul and indulge the senses.
The chefs at Calvert House Inn, which is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary this year, commingle succulent crab, scallops, and oysters to create a menu of freshly caught fare alongside free-range meat dishes and a bounty of vegetarian plates. An appetizer of oysters rockefeller ($7.95) readies palates for the main event, as baked oysters sizzle beneath spinach, bacon, and a drizzle of earthy Pernod liqueur. Broiled 5-ounce morsels of backfin and jumbo lump crab make up Maryland-style crab cakes ($12.95–$25.95), which scrumptiously celebrate East Coast culinary traditions and mermaid birthdays alike, and shrimp Calvert ($18.95) drapes garlic-and-lemon-infused crustaceans with a light tomato sauce and gems of feta cheese. A mélange of natural and free-range beef, pork, chicken, and lamb dishes keep appetites on solid ground more effectively than eating a magnet, and herbivorous eaters find a range of meat-free items, including the roasted-red-pepper-and-onion-topped grilled-eggplant sandwich ($7.95).
The Jerk Pit’s white wood siding and covered porch might lead folks to think they’re stepping into owner Lisa Waddell Rose’s own house—and that’s likely what she intended. The chefs apply spicy blends of seasonings to transform morsels of chicken, pork, fish, and tofu into traditional Jamaican jerk dishes, served alongside other staples such as curried goat and ackee with saltfish. While sipping on Jamaican soda or sweet iced tea, patrons can utilize the Pit’s free WiFi to download sounds of crashing waves or pictures of the Caribbean's blueberry-flavored waters.
Real-estate agent LaKisa Taylor may have been a longtime whiz in the business of brokering homes, but brokering cupcakes began as a hobby. As a thank-you to clients and potential buyers, LaKisa would bake and decorate batches of the confectionary delights. Her sweet tooth and background in event planning eventually propelled the pastime into a full-fledged career when she dreamed up Pretty Girl Cupcakery, named for her still-flourishing real-estate campaign, Pretty Girl County. Inside the shop's recently opened doors, LaKisa and her staff bake treats fresh each morning in an atmosphere more welcoming than a doormat carved from peanut brittle. Their classic menu keeps it simple with chocolate and vanilla, double chocolate and vanilla, half and half, and red-velvet cakes topped with rich buttercream frosting.
LaKisa and her team spread their passion for edible artistry at classes that broach subjects such as basic frosting techniques and crafting fondant that deliciously embellishes cakes. They also host themed bashes at the bakery, enveloping birthday kids and their guests in a world of pretty princesses or doll and tea parties.
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