Founded in Harahan, Louisiana, by a trio of restaurateur pals in 1997, Zea Rotisserie & Grill champions the tastes of the American South across its 11 locations. Barbecued ribs and étouffée join the restaurant's signature rotisserie entrees, which slow-roast chicken, rib eye, and a rotating selection of pork, veal, and beef slathered with herb glacés or au jus. A specialty menu takes Zea's roots-centric recipes even further, revisiting classic New Orleans meals of pasta jambalaya, fried catfish with remoulade, and battered Mardi Gras beads. Zea Rotisserie & Grill also caters special events.
Salsarita's swiftly serves a spicy sea of Mexican dishes, with a myriad of fresh ingredients available to customize any meal. Peruse the menu in search of an ideal south-of-the-border entree, such as a bodacious burrito ($4.59–$5.59 for a small or $5.99–$6.99 for a large) or a tantalizing taco ($1.99–$2.49). Fusion-minded food-lovers can try one of Salsarita's pizzas ($5.49) of the taco, vegetarian, white, or BBQ variety. Sides such as chips and guacamole ($2.59) sidle up to non-tortilla options such as nachos ($5.99–$6.99) or taco salads ($4.99–$6.99), a dish born when a claustrophobic bunch of lettuce refused to climb into the overcrowded taco shell.
From vine-ripened tomatoes to juicy strawberries to sunny marigolds, Farm House of Homewood–affiliated with The Alabama Farmers Market–fills plates with flavorful nutrients and gardens with colorful flowers in their ongoing quest to bring local produce to the people. Because of its commitment to selling high-quality produce, James Beard award-winning chef Chris Hastings has used Farm House okra at his eatery, Hot and Hot Fish Club. Whenever possible, the family behind Farm House makes sure their produce is fresh, crisp, and local. They demonstrate their dedication to the community by donating to Jessie's Place, a shelter for battered women and children. They also curb wastefulness by not throwing away produce or forgetting it in the attic.
Each morning, the family staff at JoJo’s Diner on Broadway grinds fresh Black Angus beef into quarter-pound patties and prepares breakfast sausage. They also create their salads, desserts, and backyard spacecraft from scratch. From 7 a.m.–3 p.m., hungry passersby can stop in for the sausages and simultaneously served breakfast and lunch staples, including eggs, pancakes, burgers, and hot dogs.
The kitchen team at Johnny Rockets slings hearty burgers and whips hand-dipped malts from a brimming menu of American fare in a nostalgic diner setting. Sate carnivorous cravings and anchor plates with a third-pound hamburger, such as the patty melt ($5.39) or the Smoke House, which tops a hand-pressed patty with cheddar cheese, thick slabs of bacon, onion rings, and a glazing of barbecue ranch ($5.79). Streamliner Boca burgers arrive as meat-free alter egos of traditional burgers to appease herbivorous appetites ($5.39), and Johnny Rockets' chefs also fluff white albacore tuna for the tuna-salad sandwich ($4.99). Those who have rules against swallowing icicles or chewing on chunks of Antarctica can cool off an overheated maw by sipping a thick, hand-dipped malt or milk shake in flavors such as Oreo cookies and cream while listening to tunes from a tabletop jukebox ($4.09).
The culinary artisans at Giano’s Italian Deli masterfully douse succulent meats and fresh veggies in house-made sauces and dressings to populate a menu teeming with hearty sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas. Diners step up to the counter to place their order or receive a mystical fortune-telling, as a sandwichsmith constructs a lineup of 12 phalange-fillers including the house-made chicken salad sandwich ($4.99) or the robust muffuletta ($4.99/6”; $9.99 for 12”), which showcases a trifecta of ham, salami, and provolone smothered with fresh olive salad ($4.99). Created on-site from scratch, marinara sauce covers Italian pasta plumes, including five-layer lasagna made from fresh ground beef, ricotta, provolone, and mozzarella ($8.99) or gooey cheese ravioli ($7.29). Meat abstainers can thrive on vegetarian options such as eggplant parmesan topped with marinara and provolone ($8.49) or a 12-inch Veggie Lovers pizza ($13.99), perfect for sharing with culinary comrades or practicing python impressions by engulfing it in one bite.