In 1964, Wes and Ann Jespersen built a gateway to the past, where today their children helm Ben Franklin Apothecary’s pharmacy and adjoining quilt shop, general store, and old-fashioned Kitchen’s Deli, where malts and ice-cream floats recall the soda shops of yore. Amid the deli’s vintage Coca-Cola ephemera, hot sandwiches and cold cuts nestle into baskets lined with red-gingham wrappers, and jumbo baked potatoes embrace chili and cheese. Kitchen’s Deli’s signature pies rotate daily, filling buttery crusts with coconut-, peanut-butter-banana-pudding-, and strawberry-flavored charts of the free-market system. The deli also caters celebrations and hosts special events such as happy hours and appearances by Elvis impersonators.
The kitchen anglers at Staks of Fish bait appetites with a menu showcasing crispy, comforting fish dinners. Jumbo shrimp, catfish, tilapia, red snapper, and whiting take a dip in the house's secret batter before diving into the deep fryer and emerging golden brown like a pan-fried Academy Award. Cooks craft dinners to sate a range of appetites, with meals such as two red-snapper fillets ($7.99) or 10 shrimp ($10.99), complemented by a choice of fries, hush puppies, coleslaw, or bread and pepper. Fingers wrap up ready-made sandwiches ($3.99) to take on impromptu picnics, and à la carte diners may order extra coleslaw ($1) or extra bread ($0.25 for two slices) to create DIY po boys.
During every massage session at Seeton Touch Massage, therapist Christina Seeton incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy, putting pressure on tender areas that connect to and affect tension in distant parts of the body. Her certification in this therapy, as well as hot-stone massage and reflexology, makes her especially adept at the centuries-old, cross-cultural art of massage. Her tranquil workspace is lit by candles and filled with the sounds of burbling water, which, when played slowly, sounds like someone whispering, "Go to sleep."
The gastronomic maestros at Machete Bar and Grill whip up authentic Mexican dishes in a bright and festive setting. Silence a growling stomach or snoring incisor with a plate of homemade chili rellenos filled with chicken, shrimp, cheese, or beef ($10.99). Fajita chimichangas come deep fried and plated with rice, beans, and guacamole ($9.49), while traditional quesadillas are jammed with meat and melted cheese before being doused with guac, sour cream, and pico de gallo ($9.79). The Amayas Deluxe provides a smorgasbord of grilled shrimp, chicken-fajita meat, and grilled quail ($14.99) to slay fuming hunger dragons as dashingly as Beowulf trying to impress a new girlfriend. Machete Bar and Grill’s brightly colored walls sport the work of local artists, giving rambunctious eyes something better to do than wink suggestively at impressionable salt shakers.
In 2003, entrepreneur Donald Brown opened the first Donald Brown Chicken, a restaurant that would soon become a family enterprise. Though the signature fried-chicken recipe is a well-kept secret guarded by cooks trained in krav maga, daughter Donnice gladly gives out hints to its taste. "It's a touch spicy, but my 1-year-old nephew and 2-year-old niece love to eat it," she says. Housemade waffles and traditional sides such as greens, yams, and black-eyed peas round out meals.
At The Buzzer Grill and Bar, half-pound signature burgers destroy hunger alongside cold beers and beef mishkaki bathed in ginger. Robust build-your-own-burger creations can be customized with mix-ins and toppings such as eggs and avocado. HDTVs broadcast sporting events and live meditation tournaments until the bar's doors close at 1 a.m. on Thursdays–Sundays.