It's hard to imagine a restaurant that epitomizes the great American diner better than Huddle House. Since 1964, the restaurant?which has locations scattered prominently throughout the southern states?has warmed bellies with burgers, hearty breakfasts, and heaping helpings of friendly hospitality, available 24-hours a day. Even the moniker is All-American: founder John Sparks came up with the name after a football huddle, hoping it would inspire his customers to gather round a table and swap stories over a warm meal.
Over the years, Huddle House's menu has expanded and adapted to changing tastes, but its focus has remained the same: old-fashioned, American comfort food. No matter what time it is, guests can order up biscuits smothered in gravy and cheese or dig into the shop's signature waffles, whipped up using a secret recipe and waffle irons that can't read. Afternoon eats include chopped steak burgers served with regular or sweet potato fries and sandwiches with a southern twist, like a Philly cheese steak stuffed between slices of thick-cut Texas toast.
Like a surname, a collection of family recipes often gets passed from one generation to the next. That's certainly the case at Brother's Pizza, which not only has a familial reference in its name, but its chefs also rely on third-generation recipes to make their authentic Italian dishes. One main draw is the restaurant's New York-style pizza, famous for its thin crust and ability to hail any cab when flung at the windshield. In 2013, it was ranked #1 in a local pizza crawl. Brother's diners can fill up on many pizza combinations inspired by the Big Apple, or on more than 10 other gourmet pizzas. Pastas with chicken and seafood are also hits here, and a BYOB policy makes it easy to sip a favorite drink with dinner.
With its casual dining atmosphere and rustic Old World cooking, Amato's Trattoria embraces the charm of Italian family-style eating. The chefs adhere to tradition by making pasta as well as meatballs in-house, lending a bit of homespun flavor to the menu?s assortment of classic Italian and Italian-American entrees. These iconic dishes appear alongside Sicilian-style pizzas, which diners can customize by adding as many as 19 different toppings?including everything from garlic and artichoke hearts to sausage and jalape?os. The dessert options manage to span both sides of the Atlantic by featuring traditional cannoli and tiramisu as well as New York-style cheesecake.
Before Emigdio Raymundo was in the restaurant business, he owned and managed a furniture warehouse?in the very building that now houses Louisiana Street Grill. Raymundo's knowledge and love of furniture now adds to his restaurant's ambiance, from his hand-carved cedar-wood bar to the rest of his hand-built furniture. But he also loves food, and that's clear as well: the daily baked house bread comes from his original recipe, for starters. Other made-from-scratch food includes wood-fired steaks and seafood, complemented with hand-crafted cocktails, beer, and that "ahhhhh" sound made when sinking into one of the comfortable chairs here.
Sunrise Asian Cuisine takes taste buds on a tour of Vietnam, Thailand, China, and Korea without having to stamp your tongue's at the border. Fresh ingredients abound in bowls of pho, nestle into piquant banh mi sandwiches, top noodles, and shine in colorful curries. The only thing every single dish has in common is the chefs' commitment to bold flavors and classic recipes.
Cuisine Type: Pizza, burgers, wings, and pasta
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Free street parking
Most popular offering: Fresh hand-tossed pizza
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Ask for onion strings.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The Loft was seen in the recent movie Red Wing, which was filmed primarily in Whitewright and starred Luke Perry, Bill Paxton, and Frances Fisher.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
We have happy hour Monday?Friday from 2?7 p.m. and all day on Sunday. On Wednesday nights we have karaoke, and on Thursday nights we have an open mic. We also feature three big screen TVs for watching sports.
D?cor can say a lot about the type of food a restaurant serves. How does your d?cor inform or reflect your culinary practice?
Our d?cor reflects the personalities and interests of the owners, who are sky diving enthusiasts and rocket scientists. There is an airplane hanging in the middle of the dining room, a parachute hanging near the kitchen, sky-diving photos, and some de-commissioned rockets. We also mounted an old style movie projector on the wall.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Our pizza dough is made from scratch every morning. We toss it by hand right in front our diners before topping each pizza with mozzarella cheese and our signature marinara sauce. We offer freshly sliced jalapenos (not pickled or cooked) as a topping, and we hand-cut and cook our french fries to order. Each burger comes with a seasoned 1/3 pound patty and a side of fries or a salad.