The pitmasters at Tays Barbeque have been barbecuing meats the old-fashioned way since the 1940s, when Millard Taylor opened first started serving up St. Louis-style ribs to the people of Columbia, Mississippi. What does "old fashioned way" mean? At Tays, it means hand-coating meat in a special dry rub, then letting it smoke for hours over a hickory-wood fire until the ribs are tender enough to break in half. The rest of the menu?comprised of recipes from two barbecue-loving families?gets just as much love and attention. Chefs smoke sausages and hot wings, compile pulled pork sandwiches, and carve up beef brisket for sale by the pound. All of Tays meats are served dry unless otherwise requested, and each is paired with two sides, like coleslaw or mac-n-cheese, a slice of bread, and a choice of original or spicy white barbecue sauce. Of course, man cannot live on smoked meat platters alone, which is why the chefs also serve up sweet helpings of banana pudding and peach cobbler, made fresh daily and topped with a choice of vanilla ice cream or an entire ham.
The skilled baristas and coffee enthusiasts at Finest Grind Coffee House believe there's never a need to compromise to get your coffee fix. They take coffee seriously here, putting every roast through no less than three tastings before ever buying beans. Espresso shots are made-to-order for the perfect balance and taste?and made by baristas trained in-house to ensure the drinks are the best possible. To pair with all this caffeine, the menu is packed with breakfast sandwiches, pastries, hot paninis, and salads. There are also plenty of sweet treats, including banana bread, butter cake, and brownies made with Ghirardelli chocolate.
The Catfish Shack’s management team harnesses more than 40 years in restaurant experience to pack seafood, steaks, and gumbo with dense southern flavor. Entrees, including whole catfish and boneless-catfish fillets, play Marco Polo with a variety of sides, from coleslaw to mustard greens. Aged wooden tables and chairs add to the eatery's homey feeling, and a piano awaits nimble fingers and aficionados of the Silver Spoons theme song.
In woks at Bangkok Cuisine, snow peas, shrimp, napa cabbage, and scallops snap sizzling drumrolls over the stove. Ingredients indigenous to Southeast Asia mingle in traditional Thai dishes, which also draw on the culinary traditions of the country’s neighbors. Catfish fillets marinate before chefs cover them in breading and chili sauce, and shrimp, scallops, and squid evoke Thailand’s palm-tree-sprinkled coast. Chefs tailor each dish’s spiciness to individual palates, delighting daring diners with thai peppers hotter than two astronauts hugging on Mars. Fusion dishes include Chinese staples such as sweet-and-sour sauce.
The culinary wizards at Red Brick Café sling a slew of homemade sandwiches, sides, and take-home fare, providing a tasty pit stop for weekday warriors or amateur masons. After tucking into a cup of homemade soup ($3.25), diners can dive into toothsome fare such as the saucy french dip ($7.75) or the Red Brick club ($8.25), where chicken salad mingles with bacon, cheese, and three slices of bread instead of introducing itself to strangers at the party. For sweet teeth, Red Brick Café dishes up slices of carrot cake ($3.75) and homemade pie ($3.50 per slice), including coconut cream and key lime. The café also crafts take-home versions of its fawn-inspiring fare, such as frozen chicken pot pie ($13.95), crawfish étoufée ($7.25 for a small, $13.95 for a large), and vegetable lasagna ($4.95 for a small, $9.50 for a large). Red Brick Café is open for lunch Monday–Friday from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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