Whirls of steam escape from piping-hot pies and pasta, veal, chicken, and seafood dishes as they travel from kitchen to table at Venice Italian Eatery & Pizza. Across the street from the historic Broadway Theatre of Pitman, the 110-seat BYOB eatery treats patrons to a show-stopping menu of pasta favorites with noodles that can be contorted into likenesses of Willy Loman selling Hamlet a timeshare. Entrees can also be transformed into catered fare for the soiree of your choice. The chefs additionally craft an array of handheld sandwiches including burger, pita, and panini varieties.
Landmark American Tap & Grill aims to live up to its name, providing a dining destination for patrons seeking classic, seasonal American cuisine matched with a rotating selection of craft draughts and bottles. The ever-evolving menu features appetite-slaking classics such as wings, burgers, and ribs, and a unique brunch spread showcases brioche french toast and savory breakfast nachos made with home fries. Bites pair with beers crafted in stateside cities such as Detroit and Grand Rapids, as well as those from overseas locales.
Diners sit at the polished bar or pull up vibrant red chairs to tables, sharing conversations and toasts to toasting amid exposed brick walls. The Landmark also provides a late-night menu to ensure performances aren’t underscored by growling stomachs.
Though the cooks at Taylor's Williamstown reflect a range of culinary traditions with dishes from veggie quesadillas to sesame ahi tuna, classic bar treats remain the core of their menu. They slather char-grilled baby back ribs with signature glazes and top burgers with ingredients such as homemade chili and beer-braised onions. To help wash down feasts, bartenders maneuver around an outdoor cabana deck bar, as well as an indoor granite-top bar, filling glasses with 10 draft beers.
Inside, 15 big-screen, high-definition televisions broadcast the latest hockey, baseball, and football games. In-house competitions also brew during beer-pong tournaments with cash prizes and contests to see who can most accurately read Latin. Over on Taylor's Williamstown's two dance floors, DJs keep guests grooving to an eclectic mix of tunes until 3 a.m. four nights a week.
Villari's Lakeside sits on the shores of Sun Valley Lake, near rustling willows and a quaint gazebo—but its menu seems to think its on the Sicilian coast. Crabmeat fills martini glasses and stuffs jumbo shrimp. Lobster tails wear coats of lemon and butter. Even the Filet Sinatra's 10-ounce filet mignon comes topped with shrimp. The creator of these feasts, Jose Zhinin, brings the Mediterranean to the US, but doesn't stop there. His yearly rotating entrees trek throughout mainland Italy as well, touching everything from chicken parmigiana to build-your-own pasta plates, mixing the traditional with the modern.
Likewise, the restaurant itself combines Old-World elegance with contemporary style. Like the halls of the coolest medieval kings, the two-tiered dining room easily hosts both sumptuous banquets and DJ-driven dance parties. But parties find their home most often at the outdoor tiki bar, whose thatched roof and glowing lanterns cast the lake in a tropical light.
The chefs at Big John’s Cheesesteaks & More grill up Philly favorites alongside American and Italian-American fare. They place 100% beef and chicken steaks on fresh-baked buns, topping them with cheeses such as mozzarella, provolone, or cheese whiz. Added toppings of bacon, pepperoni, and mushrooms melt right into customers' gooey cheese of choice. Pizzas, sandwiches, burgers, and hoagies, and salads of thai-chili chicken or goat cheese, walnuts, and craisins round out the menu, and a free pickle bar displays more than 13 varieties of pickles that, like people, get wrinkly when soaked in vinegar.
The chefs at Muscle Maker Grill put a healthy spin on flavorful dishes inspired by Italian, Asian, American, and Southwestern cuisines. The chain was founded in 1995 by Rod Silva, a fitness enthusiast who grew weary of fast-food eateries that bogged customers down with unhealthy morsels and toys sculpted from butter. What began as a smoothie stand has expanded into a successful franchise that slings pastas, burgers, salads, and Tex-Mex–style wraps, and proudly displays the calorie content and relationship status of each dish on the menu.