At Sabi, the scents of spiced and marinated meats blend with a mélange of tropical mangoes and spicy peppers in inventive stir-fry dishes and sushi as guests clink glasses of wine and craft beer. The restaurant’s name borrows from the Japanese phrase “wabi sabi,” or “finding beauty in the imperfect,” such as when appreciating the tarnished patina of a bronze statue or the intriguing beauty of a mole. The eatery’s eclectic menus promise feasts of red-curry chicken, Louisiana blue crab cakes, and juicy tenderloin filets, among other Pan-Asian dishes and specialty sushi rolls. As diners savor the blend of Eastern and Western cuisines, they can feel good about a meal prepared under Sabi’s roof, especially on Mondays, when the Chow Down for Charity event raises money for local and national nonprofits, such as the American Cancer Society.
Toast Café’s dedication to top-notch service comes with a unique twist: Every server tends to every table in an effort to keep glasses filled and customer needs met. Meals are speedily fulfilled in the kitchen, as cooks crack pasteurized eggs into sizzling frying pans, whisk the golden yolks into classic flapjack batter, or prop uncracked shells up on high walls in an effort to re-create nursery rhymes. The café’s breakfast menu is populated with inventive offerings such as french toast stuffed with peanut butter and bananas, whereas lunchtime diners can dig into hearty selections including the meatloaf sandwich crowned with american cheese. The Davidson location also has a dinner menu each Wednesday through Saturday, featuring entrees such as walnut-crusted trout and chicken parmesan. Bartenders at both locations pour signature martinis and wines by the glass.
It's been more than a half-century since the first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, but not much has changed at this beloved local chain. Whether in the original cinderblock building or one of the 10 locations that have been added since, people still approach the counter to jot down orders, pass them through the window, and then look on as cooks grill half- and quarter-pound steak patties over charcoal flames.
In addition to the signature smoky-flavored burgers, Char-Grill also fires up grilled chicken, chili dogs, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Milkshakes and fries add to the eatery's classic feel, helping land it on USA Today's list of 51 Great Burgers and reminding guests of simpler times when hamburgers were used as currency.
Just inside the doors of Ming?s Bistro, mingling aromas of Chinese and Japanese recipes float through the air. Teriyaki sauce clings to bite-size bits of meat and seafood, and specialties such as Szechuan chicken and beef broccoli show that meat and vegetables go together like high school and not doing math in the summer. Sushi chefs create artwork with specialty sushi rolls, shaping the Butterfly Roll?with shrimp tempura, cream cheese, and seaweed salad?into a butterfly on the plate. All of these delightful combinations of cuisine can be enjoyed within a family-friendly atmosphere, and an array of beer and sake can wash them down.
Around the corner from the Davidson College campus is a portal to a bygone time. At least that's how The Soda Shop's retro diner space, complete with chrome barstools, black-and-white tile floors, and a wall full of golden-age celebrity portraits, might seem to an unacquainted visitor. Originally founded in 1951, the caf? retains many of its original fixtures, including the wooden booths and a vintage cash register, and staffers still hand-mix egg creams and shakes the way soda jerks did before they were replaced by spatula-handed robot butlers. In addition to grilling diner favorites that include cheeseburgers, layered sandwiches, and hot dogs, the chefs also fill bowls with steaming servings of chili and homemade soups.
From its humble origins as a small, old-fashioned ice-cream parlor operating out of a renovated gas station in Burlington, Vermont, Ben and Jerry's now delights taste buds in locations across the U.S. and 25 countries. Their brand easily attracted customers??homemade ice cream churned from wholesome, high quality ingredients and blended into creative flavors. Some of their popular scoops include Cherry Garcia, Chunky Monkey, and Chocolate Fudge Brownie.