More than 100 million hungry stomachs are filled every year at this group of hearty steak-buffet restaurants spread across 35 states. At Ryan's, families enjoy grilled-to-order steaks and a wide range of favorite side dishes, and at Fire Mountain, stacked stone exteriors set the restaurant apart. HomeTown Buffet makes soup from scratch and serves tender, juicy ribs, while Old Country Buffet honors its Scandanavian roots with an old-fashioned smorgasbord.
To say that liquid nitrogen is cold would be an understatement?it boils at -195.8 degrees Celsius. But, as the ice-cream makers at Nitrogen Ice Cream Factory know, that remarkable fact can be put to delicious use. They use the liquid to quick-freeze ice cream, crafting each rich scoop to order on appropriately scientific looking equipment.
Husband-and-wife restaurateurs Jorge and Licet Torres aren't new to the Miami dining scene. They've lived and worked in Miami Springs since 1997, operating a duo of Latin-cuisine restaurants?both named Latin Cafe. In April 2014, the Torres's opened an eatery closer to their own neighborhood, on a prime corner just off of Circle Park. They called the spot Sabores Restaurant & Lounge.
At Sabores, the Torreses and their team skillfully prepare Cuban classics such as steak sandwiches, whole fried snapper, and smoked pork chops. A private area hosts special events, and a full bar keeps glasses filled with adult libations such as imported beers, creative cocktails, and blended tax returns. On Fridays nights, guests can take the karaoke stage to croon favorite tunes.
Wine racks the color of warm wheat chaff crisscross the walls at Holleman’s Restaurant, the sleek bodies of the bottles reflecting servers as they slip through the dining room. The vessels, stamped with labels from France, Argentina, and Italy shimmer beneath visions of Black Angus steaks, fresh pasta, and racks of New Zealand lamb. From the kitchen drift the scents of garlic-and-rosemary demi-glace and cognac-and-peppercorn sauce. In that busy room, New York strip steak crackles against the open-flame grill and chefs busily mold crabcakes.
Beneath wrought-iron chandeliers, the high-topped tables are covered in crisp white cloths like ghosts appearing in traffic court. On some evenings, the smooth twang of an electric guitar fills the room, flitting softly beneath a crooning singer.
Getting the dough right is one of the hardest parts of making a pizza. That's why they make it in house every morning at The Original Big Tomato, yielding a crust that's crisp on the bottom but still fluffy around the edges. Since a base like that deserves fine toppings, the crew also chops veggies fresh every day. They might crown pies with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh lettuce, basil, corn, and spinach. There's also a wide selection of cheeses, including gouda, gorgonzola, parmesan, and goat cheese. Alongside pizzas on the menu, there's also the range of salads, paninis, and wraps that one might see at an Italian cafe.