Kansas City Smokehouse’s hickory-wood smokers slow-cook succulent meats in the tradition of Missouri barbecue masters. Barbecued meets, including beef brisket, pulled pork, and smoked kielbasa pile on plates by the quarter pound. Tender st. louis ribs or one half of a barbecued chicken share platter space with cornbread and classic sides, such as Cajun rice, collard greens, baked beans, and sweet-potato fries. Chefs dust catfish and skewered shrimp in their signature kansas city dry rub, searing in the spices on a cast-iron griddle heated with their laser vision. Nineteen craft and domestic beers accent the smoky hues, or pair up with a bevy of burgers or steaks.
The friendly family behind Borrelli's has preserved its flair for fresh and flavorful Italian fare for more than 55 years. The newly remodeled space features exposed brick and polished floors, swathing prospective diners in a warm domestic embrace before eager eyes scan the extensive menu. The combination appetizer platter lets tastemakers mix a trio of their favorite hit singles, resulting in an edible jukebox of the fried zucchini's commanding croon and the homemade mini meatballs' entrancing polka symphonies ($15.95). The shrimp marinara entree tantalizes tongues with a succulent seafood gondola ride across the stomach canal ($17.95), and the Chicken Borrelli pleases the palate with well-mannered charm ($16.95). Pie pilots can swoop toward the savory pizza margherita ($15 for a 10-inch, $21 for a 14-inch, $23 for a 16-inch) before a safe landing at the spumoni's strawberry helipad ($3.95).
Zorn's award-winning fried chicken comes in old-fashioned boxes, buckets, and gigantic baskets with homemade fixins and all-time-favorite sides. Pair a half-chicken dinner for one (rotisserie-style $8.49, fried $9.99) with two of sixteen sides such as creamed spinach, macaroni and cheese, or garlic mashed potatoes ($2.39 individual, $4.29 large). Or, high-five Freud with a bucket o' breasts: four plump, juicy pieces of skinless white meat Southern-fried to a deep-golden, crunchy glow ($12.99). For a competitive-eating party, pour 50 barbecued wings from a bucket onto the table and devour a path to glory ($29.95). Click here to see the full menu.
Though the menu at Sufiya's Grill represents just a small pocket of the world, there's something on it to satisfy most anyone's appetite. There's quite a spread of grilled meats—including kebabs with cornish hen or a combination of seasoned beef and lamb—and hearty stews such as lamb and traditional herbed beef stew. Seafood entrees feature catches of the day, and vegetarians could opt for moussaka, falafel, or a hummus sandwich with fresh veggies. Those with large appetites can round out their meal with extras such as spinach pie appetizers and desserts of baklava or Persian pistachio ice cream.
On the façade of Buongusto PieSanos hangs a neon-sculpted slice of pizza, its tip sagging under the weight of cheese, toppings, and the softness of hand-tossed dough. It's a fair of depiction of one of the restaurant's signature offerings—hearty Italian-style pies topped with ingredients including eggplant, baked ziti, or chicken parmigiana. Classic pastas and sandwiches join their circular brethren, and gluten-free and whole-wheat pasta options are available for diners with gluten sensitivity or investments tied up in wheat futures.
"What smells so great?" wondered the customers at Rod Silva's smoothie shop back in 1995. They were enjoying the aromas of Silva's home-cooked lunches. Before he knew it, Silva was preparing food for them, and soon Muscle Maker Grill was born. A fitness enthusiast since he was a young man, Silva firmly believed healthy food could also taste great, instead of like the packaging it came in. Today, the restaurant has spawned franchises in across the country, each crafting the same level of healthful and quick fare.