Exuding a family-friendly aura, Rodney's BBQ churns out a delectable menu of southern specialties to quiet rumbling food pouches. Smother tongues with a succulent sandwich such as the barbecue beef brisket ($4.99+) or kielbasa sausage blanketed in grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie roll ($4.99+). A savory trio of barbecue sauces waits in the wings for drowning chosen meats or playing a very messy round of three-card monte, and main orders find their soul mates in side dishes like baked beans, fried okra (both $1.99), or a steaming fresh plate of fried green tomatoes ($2.99). Nab a southern feast such as the baby back rib plate, dry rubbed with Rodney's seasonings, painted with barbecue sauce, and slow smoked ($13.99+), then add a bottomless sweet tea for crisply cleansing the palate before the imminent intake of yet more barbecued meat ($1.99).
Behind the horseshoe-shaped bar, Cedarcrest Tavern's bartenders pop caps from beer bottles, pull draft taps, and shake cocktails with top-shelf liquors. More than 20 televisions broadcast sports games throughout the tavern, from their ceiling mounts above the bar or tucked into individual booths. Elegant candelabras, framed mirrors, and wood accents contrast the utter modernity of the sprawling flat-screen monitors.
The TVs aren't the only sizeable rectangles at the restaurant—the large menu presents hand-cut fries, burgers, and steaks, which can be enjoyed over games of trivia on Tuesday nights. Other events—such as ladies' and guys' nights, college football celebrations, and live music or DJ's—make Cedarcrest a leisurely destination, unlike Accounting World, where you get to ride rollercoasters, but only while filling out 1040 EZ forms.
Most people recognize New York pizza by its thin, foldable shape. But when it comes to making a truly authentic New York-style pie, what goes on top is just as important. The chefs at Lucky's NY Style Pizza know this, which is why they craft each pizza using only whole milk mozzarella and fresh toppings such as salami, roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, and ricotta cheese. They put just as much care and consideration into their other dishes, whether they're building a five-layer lasagna or hand-rolling dough pockets to create cheesy calzones. Even the humble slider gets an upgrade here, as the chefs swap out the beef patty for a homemade meatball and use a house-baked garlic roll in place of the traditional hamburger bun or donut hole.