The doughsmiths at Doughboys Pizza load Chicago-style rounds with gobs of cheese and toppings before firing them in a brick oven and pouring more than 25 types of brews to accompany slices. The menu’s double-decker pies flaunt blankets of mozzarella piled with more than 20 add-ons including fresh mushrooms, roasted chicken, and Chicago imports such as italian beef and pepperoni shipped straight from the Windy City via hang-glider ($16+). Diners can also request thin-crust pies ($12.50+) or dig into specialty ‘zas bedecked with combos such as bacon cheeseburger, which cooks strew with bacon, ground beef, cheddar, mozzarella, onion, and tomato ($14–$17.50). Sandwiches ($4.75–$5.50) bookend Chicago tastes between a bun, and the steamed Vienna links of Wrigley dogs come buried, like a peckish pirate's treasure, beneath mustard, relish, onion, tomato, celery salt, and a pickle spear ($2.65).
Executive chef Bryan Merker's food may be inspired by his travels all across America, but one destination really stands out: New Orleans. He and his wife Monica (Nica) have fallen in love with its Cajun-style cooking.
At Nica's Lagniappe, they serve treats such as red beans with ham hocks, crab bisque, seafood gumbo, redfish al la mer, and shrimp creole. They also specialize in bourbon bread pudding and true french beignets, which can be stuffed with sweet fillings such as chocolate truffles. These pair with creative cocktails, such as the Ramos gin fizz or the Hurricane. The eatery even serves drinks from an absinthe fountain.
Opened in 1956, Snead's Bar-B-Q satisfies meat-cravers with its original recipes and pit-cooked flavors on a scrumptious menu. Cooked in an old-fashioned brick barbecue pit filled with hickory wood, Snead's smoky barbecue fare comes served in beef, ham, pork, turkey, and sausage dishes. Diners can satiate carnivorous appetites with sliced or log-meat sandwiches ($5.75 on a round bun, $6.95 on a long bun), or relish the texture of beef, ham, or sausage Brownies, which are the delectable burnt ends of meat ($9.95 for a small plate). For alternative palate pleasers, Snead's Bar-B-Q also boasts various side dishes such as barbecue pit-baked beans ($1.95), mac 'n' cheese ($1.95), and french fries ($1.95). Drizzle your meat in a choice of mild or hot savory sauces, which invigorate taste buds from their bland day-job as assistant manager of a burger joint kitty-corner from the stomach,
Known for growing cotton and soybeans, many farms in the South known now nurture a new crop—catfish. Converting their fields to ponds, farmers raise the whiskered fish on an all-grain diet to develop meat with a clean, slightly sweet taste and reduced cholesterol. Every filet at Jumpin' Catfish Restaurant comes from this stock, which the chefs prepare in various ways: breaded and fried in the Southern tradition, marinated in lemon and pepper, or dusted with cajun spices, like the mayor of New Orleans after their morning bath. They then pair the plump, juicy filets with sides such as hushpuppies and white beans with ham.
The chefs extend their culinary skills to other seafood as well, from Norwegian salmon to Alaskan snow-crab legs. They also work with wild game such as quail and frog legs, and prepare Southern fare, such as fried chicken.