The Carlyle House has garnered accolades for the dishes of chef David Crews, who placed second at the Great Mississippi Seafood Cookoff and helped the establishment win three "Best Of" awards from Delta Magazine. This year's winter menu showcases the chef's creative comestibles and eternal battle against Jack Frost, tempting palates with the Dr. Pepper chili cheeseburger, which blankets ground beef in Dr. Pepper chili, cheddar, and an onion ring ($9). A study in layers, the grilled pimento cheese stacks roasted red pepper, sharp-cheddar spread, and Texas-smoked bacon on sourdough ($6). Alternately, herbivore-friendly fare such as the five-bean vegetarian chili surmounts hunger like a giraffe plucking the highest-growing pot of chili ($5). Post-main options treat patrons to genuine desserts, such as the mason-jar cake of bacon, chocolate, and cardamom whipped cream. While tucking in, diners can luxuriate in The Carlyle House's restored Southern architecture and swig libations from Lazy Magnolia brewery.
Perched on the banks of the Mississippi River in southern Mississippi, Vicksburg is a little city with outsize historical significance. In the summer if 1863, Union troops bombarded the fortressed Confederate city in what became known as the Siege of Vicksburg. After six weeks of relentless shelling, Vicksburg fell to the Union Army, which gained total control of the Mississippi River in a major turning point of the Civil War. Not surprisingly, Vicksburg is home to many historic military sites, such as the Vicksburg National Military Park, where rebuilt trenches and forts tell the story of the siege. Vicksburg's historical downtown waterfront is worth the 3-mile trip from the hotel. Large murals painted by local artists stretch the length of the riverfront and depict the city's past. The quaint, red-brick buildings of Vicksburg's downtown house upscale restaurant, antique stores, and museums dedicated to the old riverboat days and the Civil War. Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.
When Don Newcomb, Debra Bryson, and Chris Newcomb opened the first Newk's (short for Newcomb's) back in 2004, they hoped to move away from the American traditions of fast food?that is, food that came out fast, but wasn't very fresh. So the foodies created a place that quickly dished out gourmet sandwiches dotted with pesto, crisp mixed-green salads loaded with housemade chicken salad, hand-rolled pizzas, and gooey mac 'n' cheese with asiago, white cheddar, parmesan, swiss, and Newk's signature pimiento cheese. It even has a variety of grab-and-go meals, including sandwiches, made-from-scratch soups, and pasta salads.
Since then, Newk's has expanded to a long list of locations across the U.S. The menu now boasts 600-calorie options that are at least 600 times more satisfying than a glass of water. It also caters to patrons with food sensitivities with its allergen menu tool.
With a gargantuan menu and 19 locations in 11 states, Garfield's Restaurant & Pub is always ready to slay hunger pangs. Here, diners can dig into a wide range of eats. Appetizers include quesadillas, waffles cheese fries, and wings available in sauces like Tiger, hot and spicy buffalo, and honey barbecue. Grilled chicken sandwiches and turkey cheddar melts share menu space with mini sliders and full-size burgers, all which are paired with fries. Or, go straight to the Favorites section of the menu and indulge in dishes of fish and chips, sirloin steak, or the Big Fav platter, which includes baby back ribs, chicken strips, quesadillas full of cheese, chicken, and bacon, and Fire Strings. Pair dishes with drinks such as a cold beer, a glass of wine, or a guava strawberry margarita, or with a slice of new york cheesecake or chocolate cake.
Since Garfield's Restaurant & Pub opened its first location in 1984, it has been whipping up a menu of American favorites. Burgers, pastas, steaks, and sandwiches recall backyard get-togethers, family dinners, and steak-eating championships while simultaneously forging new memories. Among these classic offerings is the Simply Perfect burger, which tops two patties with American cheese and signature sauce, and a hand-cut sirloin steak that can be smothered in saut?ed onions and mushrooms. Adults can also enjoy selections from the pub's beers and specialty drinks, such as a top-shelf "perfect" margarita or strawberry-peach sangria.
It's not just cars that get refueled at Road Runner's convenience stores and gas stations. Road Runner's in-house Rudy's Grill serves juicy hamburgers, ice-cold drinks, and desserts that sate the hunger of humans and anthropomorphic cars alike. The shops can be found all across Texas and Arkansas. After guests fill their bellies and gas tanks, they can take their car through the high-tech car wash for a sparkling new shine.