Executive chef and owner Wesley T. Beard draws from his travels in America and abroad to craft internationally inspired upscale eats, which focus on fresh ingredients, high-quality proteins, and multisensory experiences. Glazed, golden hues slather walls that stand guard around a relaxed dining space, where guests nibble and admire décor inspired by metropolitan areas such as New York and Chicago. When they're not distinguishing their entrees with French techniques or Latin-American sauces, the skilled kitchen crew whips up internationally themed dinners that spotlight smorgasbords from such nations as Italy, Russia, and Thailand. The restaurant suggests a wine pairing for each entree to help guide guests to harmonious flavor combinations without hiring a children's choir to sing the menu in its entirety.
The cooks at Sammy’s reinvent American diner classics by piling 1/3-pound beef patties with unusual ingredients and blending numerous varieties of pie into gourmet milk shakes. Burger behemoths include Ben's Big Belly Burger, with a meaty base that hides beneath swiss cheese, grilled onions, grilled pineapple, guacamole, teriyaki sauce, and mayonnaise. Other treats include the Hey Nikki You're So Fine grilled-chicken sandwich and the Something About Mary, a black-bean patty caught in a farcical love hexagon of sautéed onions, pepper jack, pico de gallo, avocado, lettuce, and tomato.
In addition to concocting signature pie shakes in flavors such as mint Oreo and four different types of cheesecake, the team at Sammy's blends smoothies, regular shakes and malts, and cupcake shakes in flavors such as spiced carrot cake with cream-cheese frosting. Alongside the reformed diner fare, Sammy's regularly serves up live music events and a hip, relaxed atmosphere.