The Flaming Pit II is now under new management and has been since July of 2010. The new owner is Ronette Landry. She offers a varity of different foods here at the resturant. Our specialty is BBQ but Ronette also likes to bring some of her home town cooking of Baton Rouge, LA to all of her customers.
When shooting on-location, some extras and production-crew members for the movie Lincoln searched for a place with Southern hospitality in which to unwind between takes. They found it in The Bistro at Market and Grove?alongside a tapestry of Southern charm.
Nestled in a small one-story house, The Bistro's casually eclectic interior?self-described as "shabby chic"?is filled with charming antiques and other homey touches such as mismatched plates. Each day, the dining room, bar area, and seasonal outdoor patio fill with culinary aromas that conjure both the European countryside and the coastal American south. The chefs add punch to burgers with toppings of artichoke or spicy saut?ed shrimp, drape chicken in garlic or zesty orange sauce, and drizzle beef medallions in a glaze of brandy-peppercorn reduction. Though they often devise seasonal specials, they always showcase dishes based on their signature crab-cake recipe.
At Don Pepe Mexican Restaurant, an expansive menu of fajitas, burritos, and steaks illustrates the breadth and depth of the Mexican culinary tradition. Nachos in 10 varieties greet diners with juicy morsels of chicken or beef and a crunch that could wake a jet-lagged Rip Van Winkle. Enchiladas team up with tacos or tamales to form hearty combos, or go solo to showcase classic Mexican ingredients such as poblano peppers and green tomatillos. Quesadillas can be stuffed with vegetarian-friendly fillings, such as mushrooms, or meaty delights, such as house-made chorizo. To round out meals, xangos come with a dusting of cinnamon sugar that impresses sweet teeth as much as a coating of edible diamonds.
Beriberry Premium Frozen Yogurt believes in DIY desserts. From the 14-flavor self-serve station to the 60-plus topping options, guests take the reins on their frozen creations. Rotating flavors run the gamut from red velvet and sugar-free vanilla to cookies 'n' cream, and customers can cloak yogurt swirls with traditional cherries and hot fudge, as well as with less conventional sprinklings of fresh bananas, crushed Twix bars, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. The inside seating area boasts a large chalkboard to field the frenzied doodles and searing political cartoons of children, and covered outdoor seating lets guests enjoy their masterpieces al fresco.
Demolition Coffee’s menu of gourmet ground coffee, freshly baked pastries, and specialty sandwiches delights patrons and has caught the attention of reporters from the Progress-Index and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. The acclaim is due to expertly brewed espresso beverages, sandwiches featuring freshly baked bread, and salads accented with original toppings, such as caribbean chicken. Additionally, Progress-Index reporter F.M. Wiggins lauds the spacious café’s interior as “unique,” with recycled materials “that carry over the 'demolition' theme and the community atmosphere.” Beneath high wooden ceilings and surrounded by refurbished brick walls, wooden tabletops are scattered about the WiFi–saturated seating area to invite leisurely sipping, and regular live music provides entertainment for workaday-coffee cups.
Joe Helbing captained Howlett's tavern for 13 years before deciding to explore a new career path, only to discover he missed the clink of beer glasses and the chatter of happy guests. Having reaffirmed his passion for the restaurant biz, Joe reopened his restaurant, where he continues to serve the original Howlett's memorable menu of steak-house favorites.
Deep in the kitchen, chefs grill a variety of hand-cut steaks, ribs, and fresh seafood dishes. To craft their signature crab cakes, they season fresh lump crab with a savory rémoulade. Come lunchtime, they turn their attention to making thick paninis and hearty burgers and shaking their fists at the relentless midday sun. Guests linger over last sips of cocktails and final bites of housemade pecan pie at tables that speckle the spacious dining room.