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.
The culinary captain at Milano’s grew up in a kitchen filled with the saucy aromas of traditional Italian fare prepared by his mother and the seasoned zest of Greek dishes grilled up by his father. With that history ensconced, he continued the tradition by marrying both cuisines in a restaurant sporting a hearty menu, casual Mediterranean ambiance, and a justice of the peace certified in marrying cuisines. Offering the best of both worlds, the chef plates everything from grilled rib eye steaks and salmon to Italian casserole, pizza, Greek salads, and oven-baked subs.
The notion of “fast and casual” isn't new—most chain restaurants adhere to the concept, as do many conversations with abandoned sock puppets. However, at Brioso Fresh Pasta, efficient service merges with local and organic ingredients to bump "fast and casual" into the glow of a new spotlight. Italian dishes range from house-made pasta to fork-free paninis, all of which arrive at tables on the arms of friendly servers. Brioso’s culinary team also respects special dietary needs with gluten-free pastas and vegan menu options.
At Rita’s Ice, a variety of frozen treats refresh customers and satisfy sweet-tooth cravings. Their signature Italian ice blends ice and fresh fruit in flavors such as banana, cherry, piña colada, mango, and strawberry. Meanwhile, custard arrives in cups or cones, coated with hot fudge or caramel, as the mysterious gelati blends both Italian ice and custard into one delectable creation. Also available are milkshakes, hot chocolate, coffee, and Philadelphia-style hot pretzels.