Each Wood-N-Tap restaurant’s kitchen serves a menu of casual American food that ranges from burgers and sandwiches to pasta, pizza, and entrees. The eatery partners with farms from New Jersey to Maine to cultivate 100% all-natural meats for their homegrown burgers, which feature tender hormone-, steroid-, and antibiotic-free meats such as Wagyu beef, bison, free-range turkey, and pork. Chefs grill entrees including swordfish and bourbon-marinated grilled sirloin, as well as signature items such as mac ‘n’ cheese pizza and Bar Bites sliders constructed with bison, Angus beef, turkey, or a baseball.
Wood-N-Tap blossomed from the fitting combination of its owners’ skills—Mike scouts the locations, Phil markets the brand, and Wil and Kenny manage the daily operations of the various locations. More than a decade ago, after forging a friendship as strong as oak and a partnership as strong as steel-reinforced oak, the crew opened the first Wood-N-Tap location in 2002—and they have expanded to seven locations and counting.
Landry's, Inc. operates more than 40 restaurant brands with only two main goals: good food and good memories. Thankfully, each of their venues has a signature element that's hard to forget, whether the Oceanaire's fresh seafood?flown in daily?or Rainforest Cafe's animatronic wildlife that's almost as realistic as the Amazon's wind-up monkeys. Steak and seafood spots feature prominently on the list of Landry's locations, including Morton's The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks. But there are standouts in other genres, too, such as the Italian trattoria known as Grotto.
Presentation is paramount at Mikado Asian Bistro, where dozens of fusion-cuisine sushi rolls thrive in an environment of modern interior design. At the sushi bar itself, diners watch on as chefs prepare that sushi before their eyes, from the Out Of Control roll with shrimp tempura, spicy crab, and house sauce to the regal Royal King roll with lobster tempura, asparagus, and a spicy mango sauce. And that's not even counting the hot entrees, which range from Japanese classics such as ton katsu and seafood tempura to spicy pad thai and Szechuan-style tofu.
The owners of Vero Pizza chose the name vero, meaning "true" or "real", to reflect their food philosophy. Each pizza, salad, and panini sandwich is prepared with locally farmed produce, all-natural meats, unbleached flours, and artisan-baked breads. Diners may split specialty pizzas such as the Picante with buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and celery while sipping a glass of wine or beer brought from home.
The chefs at River's Edge Bistro culled their recipes from the culinary traditions of the 21 countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea. They make hummus from scratch and flame-broil skewered chicken and shrimp doused with classic Mediterranean spices. Lamb gyro tucks into a pita with a dollop of tzatziki sauce, and crispy falafel balls are drizzled with tahini sauce.