The brother-sister team behind Rudino's Pizza and Grinders opened the eatery's first location in 1995 in Cary, North Carolina. They wanted to create a restaurant that incorporated an onsite bakery into its design, keeping the kitchen full of fresh, housemade dough for pizzas and sandwiches. It was a concept that proved successful, and now Rudino's has locations all across the country.
In these kitchens, cooks coat crusts with a sauce based on the duo's family recipe, and then layer on any number of ingredients—including fresh basil, jalapeños, and bacon. They also slide open-faced grinders into ovens after loading them with such sandwich fixings as italian sausage, salami, and fresh vegetables, which are never frozen, canned, or taken from a neighbor's crisper.
Because cravings don’t often wait for convenience, the cooks at Texas Steak Out take care of the leg work: They deliver their all-American breakfast, lunch, and dinner to diners’ front doors. Relieving patrons of the task of hunting a steer, they grill rib eyes, sirloins, and steak tips, complemented by philly cheesesteaks and a horde of hoagie sandwiches. Their hearty meals come with classic steak-house sides such as steamed broccoli and mashed potatoes. For breakfast, diners can feast on egg and cheese hoagies and breakfast rolls, or opt for a heavier Texan breakfast of sirloin steak or pork chops with eggs and hash browns.
Behind the stone arches of a Spanish colonial-style building, Hemingway Restaurant & Bar's artfully exposed ductwork, stark right angles, and halo of flat-screen TVs belie the homespun quality of its regional Texan fare. Servers burden the heavily lacquered wood tables with hearty platters of 14-ounce steaks, fresh local fish, stuffed poblano peppers, and burgers topped with surprising flourishes, including roquefort cheese, olive tapenade, or applewood-smoked bacon. A full bar serves wines, premium cocktails, and craft beer such as Austin Amber and Buckethead IPA on draft. Outside, guests can dine alfresco alongside their dogs or diners dressed as their dogs.
Leafy plants and floral arrangements adorn the interior of Takara Sushi & Asian Bistro, where chefs prepare traditional Japanese, Korean, and Chinese recipes as well as fusion dishes that meld culinary traditions. Among the eatery's fusion plates are the Takara new york strip steak, which comes drizzled with balsamic-teriyaki sauce and creamy gorgonzola, and Big Eye tuna sashimi crowned with organic cheese made from the milk of a health-conscious goat. Executive sushi chef Diane Chon prepares fresh nigiri and sashimi, as well as specialty rolls with less common ingredients such as candied walnuts.
Kadai Indian Kitchen’s menu reflects the range of northern Indian dishes, including aromatic curries and grilled kabobs. Discs of naan and skewers of chicken and lamb rest inside the clay tandoor oven and roast over a smoldering pile of coals and NASA’s rejected paper-airplane designs. Lentils, chickpeas, and fresh cheese stew alongside sauces brimming with ginger and cumin, all of which go into vegetarian entrees prepared with separate sets of pots and utensils. The chefs also tailor the amount of spice they add to every order.