In 1818, George and Elizabeth Moore built a new house in which to raise their future family. Their youngest daughter, Mariah, would go on to spend her entire life in the home her parents had bequeathed to her. When Rick Kelley and David Sears decided to transform the historic residence into a restaurant nearly a century after her passing, they chose the name to honor its longest-term resident. They also added a 3,000-square-foot expansion and restored the fireplaces, wood flooring, and brick walls to their original appearance.
Thanks to these refurbishments, Mariah’s old home seems to have found new life in the 21st century. Where she used to cook, chefs now hand-cut steaks and slide thin-crust pizzas into a large brick oven for firing. As Bowling Green's oldest standing brick structure, the nearly 200-year-old Mariah Moore House offers diners much to gaze at if they can pry their eyes away from the hearty fare on their plates. The building’s historic accents include a Brunswick bar top from the 1880s, an aged carousel horse, and a TV-video wall salvaged from Grover Cleveland’s presidential situation room.
Laugh Out Loud, sister club to Rivercenter Comedy Club, hosts well-established laugh conjurers and undiscovered comedic masterminds capable of leaving the 400-seat showroom doubled over in harmonized chuckles. Past Laugh Out Loud and Rivercenter audience-slayers include Carlos Mencia, Tommy Chong, Chris Rock, and Engelbert Humperdinck. This Groupon is good for two tickets to any of the club’s regular shows (special events are excluded), so check the calendar to find a show that sates your comedic taste buds. Once you’re settled into your seat or hammock, use the $5 food voucher toward any food item on the menu, such as chips and salsa, a mixed green salad (under $5 each), or fried pickles ($5.95), each of which is specially prepared to fit precisely into a smiling mouth.
Griffs Deli satisfies growling stomachs with a scrumptious selection of made-to-order salads, sandwiches, paninis, and stuffed baked potatoes. Diners would be foolish to refuse the delicious offerings of the Wise Guy, a freshly pressed panini loaded with salami, ham, pepperoni, pepper jack cheese, and dressings ($7.25) and Griffs gobbler sandwich tempts tongues with sliced turkey, bacon, green apples, provolone cheese, and a vinaigrette that grants wishes ($7.25). Veggie lovers can gorge on greenery and other garden-goods with one of Griffs' meal-sized salads ($5.25–$7.75) or the house specialty mega spuds. Far from appetizers, the 2-pound tuber offerings include the texas-barbecue spud, stuffed with barbecue pulled pork and smothered in cheddar ($6.45) and the fajita spud, topped with grilled chicken or steak, sautéed onions, green peppers, and jalapeños, before submitting to a similar slathering of melty cheddar cheese ($6.95).
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Delano's crafts a menu of delicious pizza, pasta, calzones, grinders, and more. Because tongues are fussy about what you feed them, the pizzasmiths forge their crusts out of fresh dough made daily, then they cover it with sauce that's measured out carefully, lightly applied, and politely thanked for its contribution.
Connected by an asphalt web of highways, state roads, and thoroughfares, blocky yellow signs gleam nonstop, casting a dandelion glow from the words “Waffle House.” The booths at the eateries fill 24 hours each day with the aromas of sizzling pork chops, Jimmy Dean sausage, and endless mugs of coffee. Line cooks brown shredded potatoes on a grill as waiters shout back in a language all their own for hash browns “smothered,” “covered,” or “topped”—served with onions, cheese, or chili, respectively. Angus burgers and steak melts share space on the rippling-hot surface at all times of day, allowing tired drivers to stop for food when they are on a long journey or just listening to an 11-hour drum solo on the radio. The first Waffle House switched on its lights in 1955, and some menu items still bear the names of Waffle House staff of the past, including Bert's chili from Dallas and Alice's iced tea.