Brown Bag Café's griddle masters whip up an extensive menu of casual, American-style fare for breakfast, lunch, and Tuesday dinner. Greet the morning sun by looking it straight in the eye and enjoying a double stack of fluffy pancakes ($4.49) or a grilled croissant sandwich loaded with egg, bacon, and cheddar ($3.49). Midday stacked specialties tower over blue and orange booths with fried green tomato BLTs topped with applewood-smoked bacon ($7.99). Cajun-style mahi-mahi tacos ($7.99) wear crowns of pepper jack cheese and mango salsa, and the cheesy cheeseburger ($6.99) fills stomachs with cheddar, swiss, provolone, and house-made pimento melted over a half-pound patty and served with fresh-cut pub chips and a softly spoken ode to Wisconsin.
Alvin C. Copeland Sr.'s first chicken venture was a flop. His Chicken on the Run restaurant dished up traditional fried chicken, but his customers in the suburbs of New Orleans turned up their noses. So he decided to start over completely. This time, he named the restaurant "Popeye's" after Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, played by Gene Hackman in the movie The French Connection. But it wasn't the name that brought customers flocking in: it was the new chicken recipe, now spicy with New Orleans flair. This flavor has fueled astronomical growth ever since?in 2011, Popeye's opened its 2,000th restaurant worldwide.
Now, Popeye's is an international destination for crunchy Cajun-style fried chicken and melt-in-your-mouth buttermilk biscuits. Both the spicy and mild chicken gets marinated for 12 hours or more, then it's hand-battered, hand-breaded, and fried to a delectable crisp, like space aliens that fly too close to the sun. The french baguettes of po' boy sandwiches come stuffed with chicken or crispy shrimp, and to finish off meals, diners have their pick of homestyle sides such as coleslaw, green beans, and mashed potatoes.
During the signature mani-pedi, one of Simply Nails' experienced technicians files nail edges before trimming and cleaning unruly cuticles. OPI polish in the customer's chosen color spills onto keratin canvases before a 7-minute foot massage eases paws' stresses from outrunning cartoon coyotes. The deluxe mani-pedi bestows the aforementioned nail trimming, cleaning, and coloring as well as a skin-nourishing foot mask, infusing human hooves with nutrients that replace toxins evicted by the deluxe's extended 15-minute foot massage. Finally, a hot-stone massage warms troublesome areas, ripening them to optimal kneadability for a muscle-mending massage therapist or near-perfect Stretch Armstrong impersonations.
Once upon a time, Chef Gamer Rawat worked in the kitchen of Bukhara, a famed New Delhi restaurant frequented by presidents and heads of state. He then packed his bags and crossed the ocean to take up the reins at Tandoori Nights, bringing along all of his culinary experiences and Indian cooking techniques. Under Rawat's watch, tender lamb, bone-in goat, and other meats roast in the restaurant's traditional clay tandoor oven alongside naan stuffed with savory ingredients. However, Rawat doesn't stop at cooking; he also artfully plates each dish, arranging its elements into an appetizing, modern design.