The comfy eatery boasts a massive menu of house-made comfort food alongside Cajun and Creole fare spicy enough to evoke or create vivid memories of New Orleans. Treat your book club president with an order of the deep-fried pickle chips ($7.50) with a dip-worthy creamy horseradish sauce, or opt for the buttermilk-coated and flour-breaded deep-fried Cajun crawfish ($11.50) with a spicy chipotle mayo. Over 20 bread-swaddled southern-inspired sandwich creations entice hunger haters, from the hickory-smoked, hand-pulled pork sandwich ($8.50) smothered in barbecue sauce, to an oyster po' boy ($13.75) with corn-flour-breaded bivalves smushed in a fresh baguette, and half-pound burgers ($7.75 and up) with over 15 tasty toppings from which to choose. Indignant fork loyalists can stick their tines into entrees such as the buttermilk-marinated fried chicken breasts ($13.50) served alongside garlic mashers and sautéed vegetables, or the Bourbon Street pasta ($13) in Cajun cream sauce with Andouille sausage and fresh mushrooms. Barbecue-bound diners can reach for a half rack of hickory-smoked pork ribs ($15) grilled to order and served with beans, slaw, and mashed potatoes, or the surfy-turfy barbecue shrimp and roasted chicken combo ($22).
Ultimate Chicken Bistro’s housemade dishes incorporate signature soy-garlic sauce, spicy crushed-red-pepper sauce, and ingredients from Asia and Europe. Yet, unsurprisingly, one ingredient dominates the list: chicken. The lengthy menu, broken down by the region from which each dish takes its inspiration, occasionally strays into shrimp, beef, or vegetables, but poultry steals the show. Prosciutto and swiss cheese stuffed inside a roasted chicken breast tempt diners to sample the chicken cordon bleu, and the Korean-style fried chicken's secret blend of spices is as mysteriously delicious as a steak pulled out of a magician’s hat. Inside the restaurant, sleek wood tables surround an open kitchen space behind glass, creating an inviting space to enjoy a rib-sticking meal.
The culinary peacekeepers at Julian’s Bar & Grill settle squabbles among indecisive eaters with an eclectic menu that showcases comestibles from the Bayou to the Mediterranean and beyond. Sample some of New England’s finest offerings with a bowl of clam chowder ($3.99–$4.99) or point tasters southward for the southern barbecue ribs ($12.99) and spicy garlic shrimp ($9.99). Diners can dive into an ocean of Mediterranean flavors with the lamb kabob ($10.99), which boasts marinated pieces of tenderloin that are as juicy as the latest Hi-C gossip. The traditional-crust pizza is a circular savory with a choice of up to two toppings ($9.99/medium, $11.99/large), and the classic spaghetti and meat sauce enlightens mouths with authentic angel-hair pasta ($8.99).
Since 1950—when it was still known as simply Frozen Custard—staff members at Frozen Dairy Bar and Boardwalk Pizza have applied themselves to the daily task of mixing five custard flavors. In addition to pleasing generations of adoring customers, this dedication earned them a mention in The Washington Post in 2009. Richer than regular ice cream because of its higher butterfat content, slower production times, and well-maintained trust fund, their custard comes in classic vanilla and chocolate as well as a rotating flavor of the day that has, in the past, included mango with diced fresh mango and coconut-and-peanut-butter-fudge swirl packed with pieces of brownie.
In 2007, the owners added New York style pizza to the menu, continuing the tradition of making their menu items fresh each day with hand-tossed dough made from scratch, crowned with fresh toppings, and baked to order in a stone pizza oven. The specialty pies such as Popeye’s favorite—adorned with spinach, roasted red peppers, and eggplant—join fellow Italian specialties such as sub sandwiches served on toasted bread and pasta entrees including baked ziti.
Founded in Portland, Oregon, in 1953, The Original Pancake House has since put local hungers to rest by using only the highest-quality ingredients such as Grade AA eggs, 93 score butter, pure 36% whipping cream, and a secret spy-guarded sourdough starter recipe to craft each breakfast dish. The wide-ranging menu includes blueberry pancakes ($7.95), light and lemony Dutch Babies ($9.25), crêpes ($6.95–$10.95), omelettes ($8.25–$10.95), Belgian waffles ($6.75 - $10.25), flap jacks ($7.95), fresh fruit, and more. The restaurant also offers a full lunch menu on weekdays, featuring wraps, sandwiches, and salads. The Original Pancake House offers a charming abode where butter and jam meld with lovingly lavish early morning and afternoon fare to energize diners like an edible game of underwater field hockey.