A frequent victor in local readers' choice and eaters' pick contests, The Starving Artist Cafe has a clear place in a staggering number of community hearts. Some of this praise is undoubtedly in response to the restaurant's locally sourced ingredients, which classically trained chef Anne Young transforms into lip-smacking breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. But like a centaur's one-man show, it owes some of its applause to its unique, two-part identity: it's also an art gallery. Showcasing original masterpieces alongside every sandwich and coffee, the restaurant is a cultural hub devoted to art and great meals. This community-oriented, creative spirit unfolds even further during special events, such as wine and beer tastings.
In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
At Easley Smokehouse, open flames lend a smoky flavor to beef brisket, pork shoulders, and other cuts of meat. The restaurant's cooks also fry fillets of grouper and catfish as one of its daily specials, rounding out plates with collard greens, fried okra, and other sides. After the main course, dishes of cake or fruit cobbler sweeten diners' palates.