With its brown walls and slanting roof, the exterior of Kávé Express recalls a gargantuan coffee to-go box. But in place of a spout for pouring, a glowing round logo beckons visitors around to a drive-thru window to pick up cupped coffee drinks. Complimentary shots of flavored syrups enliven lattes and mochas passed through the sliding opening, and twirls of whipped cream crown espresso drinks blended with ice. Baked goods such as muffins and biscotti also make their way into drivers' hands to be nibbled en route or sewn inside the passenger seat’s upholstery for later.
Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Congenial nights kick off with a mouthwatering appetizer, such as the Tilted Kilt irish nachos, whose freshly cooked potato chips arrive sporting a delectable cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, and tomatoes, or the roasted garlic fries tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Dining duos return from rousing billiards games to celebrate sunken 8 balls or puzzle over levitating cue balls with creatively topped flatbread pizzas, or the classic Big Arse hamburger, a 10-ounce patty of choice ground chuck delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. Amid a sea of sports-tuned HDTVs, soda and coffee hydrate throats parched from shouting answers during Wednesday trivia or from shouting improvised choruses at live-music performers on most Fridays.
Taste buds do the talking when it comes to making a burger, chicken sandwich, or grilled cheese at Cheeburger Cheeburger of Hendersonville. That’s because customers, rather than cooks, design what's for dinner. After selecting a base—whether an all-natural Angus burger, a chicken patty, a veggie patty, or a type of cheese—customers deck it with their choice of 29 complimentary toppings such as roasted red peppers, steak sauce, and chopped garlic.
Customers can also build their own salad or garden diorama with a choice of 24 salad fixings. Freshly gilded fries and onion rings round out entrees. For dessert, cooks blend Edy’s Grand ice cream with syrup and candies to create 1 of 1,258,000 possible shake flavor combinations. Thanks to its neon color scheme and oldies music, the restaurant brims with a vintage ambiance.
The family behind Fox's has furnished their community with Italian-American comfort food since 1971. Whether dining at the restaurant or chowing down at home with the help of delivery, take-out, or catering, customers sink their teeth into pies made from scratch. San marzano tomatoes transform into a saucy potion to prime pizza crusts for toppings. Next, pecornio romano cheese imported on a dough raft joins mozzarella and specialty cheeses such as cheddar in upping each pie's savory quotient. Guests can choose from classic toppings, such as beef or jalapeño, or opt for a specialty pie, including the double-meated Deluxe and the aptly named Steak Rancher, which includes both steak and ranch dressing. In addition to stromboli and sandwiches, non-pizza options include wings.
At Wired Coffee Company, guests enjoy plush seating, exposed brick, and a cozy community vibe as they pore over cups of coffee and espresso drinks. Wired’s beans retain their natural oils, which yields a bold flavor and spares the baristas the trouble of coating each bean in oil one by one. In addition to sipping on classic espresso drinks or frozen coffee concoctions, clients can down deli-style sandwiches, pizza, and chips with dip. Coffee abstainers can sip milkshakes, fruit smoothies, or blended chai tea drinks as they surf the web or participate in the café’s weekly writers’ night.
The menu at Richie's boasts a conglomeration of southern delicacies sprinkled with Cajun inspirations. With each order made fresh from the open-window kitchen, poultry-prone patrons can dig into an array of bird-friendly entrees, such as Ritchie's marinated-chicken sandwich ($6.49), or choose to slather palates with a slew of hot wings, which test taste buds' endurance for spice and tongues' aptitude for building tiny huts out of celery sticks and blue-cheese dressing ($7.89/10). Additional carnivorous candies include corn dogs ($1.49), Cajun catfish sandwiches ($6.79), and Ritchie's jumbo burger, a hand-pounded hamburger disc that can be rationed out to feed an entire den of rogue highwaymen ($4.99).
Perched on the water with sweeping views of the lake and marina, Anchor High Grill showcases delectable eats and drinks, an energetic staff, and lively entertainment in a welcoming environment. Peruse the menu for sea-savory starters such as crab cakes ($9.95) or oysters rockefeller ($11.95), then snag a grilled rib-eye sandwich ($8.95) or throw a raucous food masquerade with New Orleans pasta, a jazz medley of crawfish meat, veggies, and Big Easy spices ($13.95). Anchor High Grill's adjacent lake location makes it accessible by car or turtle back, while its array of menu options tickle the fancy of seafood enthusiasts and landfood lassoers alike.