Few things help you forget the cares of everyday life like a freshly grilled burger, the company of friends, and a game on TV. The Dugout bundles together all three and slings hand-cut fries, towering deli sandwiches and toasted hoagies, and impossibly hefty appetizers, all made to order. Patrons sink their teeth into roasted chicken, soda-braised pulled pork, and tender sirloin steaks as live bands croon on weekends or amateurs perform karaoke on Wednesdays. A lineup of 12 brews on tap, including local favorites, garnishes burgers, as a huge array of sports channels lets friends celebrate big football plays, watch buzzer-beating basketball shots from the edges of their seats, or shrug enthusiastically at a game-winning goal in soccer.
Cypress Cellar owner Renee Ellender brings family recipes from Louisiana’s Terrebonne Parish on the bayou to the restaurant’s creole menu. She and her culinary team flavor crawfish étouffée with a roux-based tomato sauce and simmer andouille sausage alongside shrimp, crab, and chicken in a rich Louisiana-style gumbo. They also prepare freshly shucked oysters in four ways and offer eight varieties of po’ boy sandwiches, ranging from classic catfish to smoked turkey. Ellender’s father handcrafted the restaurant’s furniture, including the bar and table, from cypress wood to offer a higher level of comfort than the moss-covered logs they were previously using.
At Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine, husband-and-wife owners David Cheng and Kanas Lam meld Thai and Asian fusion flavors to fashion lunch and dinner menus brimming with curries, noodles, and rice dishes. They infuse the lineup with six different types of curries, including red curry, gang pa, or panang neur, accompanied by tasty submersibles of pork, chicken, or beef. To sate cravings for Vietnamese flavors, they serve up bowls of pho in rich broth, simmering with delectable bites of seafood or beef. And their hibachi-style red snapper communicates with taste buds through a series of mouthwatering sizzles and Morse code fin flips.
Lime Leaf Thai Cuisine reserves Friday nights for live music in its chic lounge, which occupies the upper level of a two-story space complete with an on-site wine cellar and a private party room.
Hannah Flanagan’s captures the welcoming the welcoming camaraderie of the Emerald Isle in its menu of hearty pub staples and more than 100 bottled and draft brews. While glasses clink to the sound of rousing cheers, fresh, local ingredients transform into Irish favorites including bangers and mash, Reubens piled high with corned beef, and mushroom-laced pot roast. Flanagan's also puts forth a seasonal menu of weather-matching fare, gracing tables with country-fried steak in the winter and sautéed kites in the spring.
Sunlight shines through Daddy D’s Suber Soulfood's picture windows, casting a glow on mustard-colored walls and linen-covered tables adorned with fresh flowers. You’ll never find frozen catfish in the freezer here, or processed ingredients in the pantry for that matter. That’s because the owners—David Suber and his sister, Doris Young—prize fresh ingredients, whipping up Southern comfort food from scratch each day.
The menu features meal plates of catfish, pork chops, and chicken fried to order. Classic sides, such as creamy mac 'n' cheese and baked beans, accompany the mains. For the final touch, there's a dessert section with indulgent options such as peach cobbler and banana pudding sweetened with the thought of someone slipping on a banana peel.
You won't find any fried foods on the menu at The Pampered Palate Cafe. Instead, its chefs create satisfying, health-conscious meals of classic American dishes. In the morning, cooks griddle french toast and omelets. Later in the day, they put together sandwiches and wraps, simmer made-from-scratch soups, and prepare loaded salads and other vegetarian dishes. Patrons can stay connected throughout visits via the restaurant's WiFi.