A classic pool hall, Lil Dixie's Cue & Grill's interior is dominated largely by a variety of billiards tables. With 11 total destinations for billiards games—plus four dart boards—visitors can get their fix of old-school gaming, and they can get a drink and some grub in the process. Lil Dixie's also offers a full menu, as well as well drinks, beers on tap, and adult Shirley Temples. The hangout also beckons revelers with live music from guitar players and TVs that air baseball, possibly leading to a dream about a batter swinging a guitar.
An extensive menu of fresh and comforting treats takes shape in Jefferson’s laid-back interior, where friendly servers warm up crowds with starters such as fried dill pickles ($3.00/$5.75), corn nuggets ($6.50), and Ultimate fries, smothered with three types of cheeses, Cajun seasoning, and a layer of crispy bacon ($6.95). Spice up a slow workday or a slow-moving fasting day with an order of Jefferson's fully customizable wings ($6.95 for 10), or nosh on a fried oyster po' boy, a hearty hoagie stuffed with fresh gulf oysters that are battered and fried until golden brown ($7.95). Other seafaring portions include fried catfish ($7.50), a spicy shrimp basket ($8.25), and a melodious band of fish 'n' chips fronted by soulful slaw and backed by harmonious hush puppies ($7.95). Customers craving candied confections can find fulfillment in slices of creamy peanut butter or pecan pie ($2.95 each).
Empire Grill sizzles the griddle and flips on the malt machine to craft diner-style hamburgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, and shakes in a vintage 1950s-inspired atmosphere. The menu boasts a bounty of burgers ($3.79–$6.29), each made from 100% Black Angus beef and available with more than 20 free toppings, including three types of mustard and three types of onions. Empire also flings Hebrew National meats into buns ($2.79), hand-dipped corn dogs ($3.29), Reubens ($5.99), and foot-long sloppy joes ($3.99). On warm afternoons, vintage visitors can treat themselves to two scoops of hand-dipped ice cream ($1.99), a malt ($3.99), or a fountain-soda float ($3.29) concocted with 1 of more than 20 bottled specialty sodas.
Conceived by fashion designer and celebrity stylist Heather Thomson, Yummie Tummie streamlines women's figures with cleverly engineered, lightweight shapewear. Each sleek top incorporates a firming midsection panel into the compression cotton to smooth or hide lumps, bumps, and embarrassing romance novels. The Yummie Tummie original tank ($62), lauded by Oprah in 2008, excels alone or as a comfy base for a layered look. Offering a sleeker design with wider straps and a raised back neckline, the skinny tank ($62) rests on adjustable silk straps and fits up to a size-H chest. Each cotton tank provides support in white, black, and nude color options, unlike the Sherman tank, which provides support only in green camouflage.
With a delectable selection of chophouse favorites from land, sea, and sky, Austin's Seafood and Steak gives premium proteins new homes on plates and palates. Each of Austin's certified Angus steaks—from the 8-ounce top sirloin ($12.99) to the 14-ounce cajun ribeye ($20.99)—is hand-cut daily by kitchen beefmasters, preserving freshness and appeasing the cravings of the restaurant's eager-to-help meat cleavers. Fish and fowl round out the menu, as tender scallops ($16.99) bring familiar comfort to tables of off-duty mermaids. The Mardi Gras chicken ($12.99) throws a tablecloth Carnival with a colorful assortment of peppers, onions, and sauces served in the shape of a smiling-jester float.
The first Golden Rule Bar-B-Q and Grill?a roadside joint frequented by locals and travelers alike?served its first heaping plate of lovingly smoked barbecue in 1891. The restaurant has since adapted with the times, acquiring a car-repair garage, neon signs, and a hovercar dock, in addition to nearly a dozen saucy outposts across Alabama and Mississippi. Now the various locations serve slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats served with a variety of secret-recipe sauces and sides such as collards or mac 'n' cheese. Guests can also forgo the sauce and order surf 'n' turf dishes such as a hand-cut charbroiled steak or a creole grilled fresh catfish fillet.