Chefs at Romano's Pizza toss handmade dough into pizzas with more than 15 toppings. Guests can choose a thick Sicilian crust or opt for a New York style pie, whose foldable shape allows it to be served as a convenient origami crane. More exotic ingredients such as Alfredo sauce, feta cheese, and hamburger meat top specialty pies, and chefs also cook classic entrees such as chicken piccata. Romano's rounds out its menu with regular or whole-wheat pastas, subs served in hoagie buns, and half a dozen desserts including cannoli and italian spumoni.
After ogling the nearly 60 items on Bangkok Garden's dinner menu, patrons can rev their mouth engines with starters such as shrimp in a blanket—a mix of shrimp, cabbage, carrots, and onions wrapped in rice paper, deep-fried, and served with a thai sweet sauce ($6 for four)—before devouring one of the chef's specialties, such as the ped pik poaw—roasted duck sautéed with vegetables, chili paste, and basil leaves ($13). A plethora of curry, stir-fry, and noodle dishes are served with your choice of tofu ($9), meat ($10 for beef, chicken, or pork), seafood ($11 for shrimp, squid, or scallops), or a seafood combination ($12). Add your chosen protein to yellow curry, slow cooked with coconut cream, potatoes, carrots, and onions, or have it stir-fried with fresh ginger and green and white onions in the pad khing sod entree.
Beginning as a single restaurant in Indian Trail, Bonfire Bar & Grill has since expanded to a second location in Concord thanks to its palate-popular fare, ranging from expertly grilled burgers and steaks to Old World favorites such as pastas and pizza. Every Sunday during football season, patrons gather amid the glow of flat-screen TVs to watch grown men resolve their differences on the gridiron and to feast on crispy fish ‘n’ chips, blackened-fish tacos, or barbecue-smothered pork ribs fresh off the grill. On Wednesday nights, half-price bottles of wine supply amateur singers the liquid courage to storm the bar’s stage and belt out karaoke songs. Situated next to the Sun Valley 14 movie theater, the Indian Trail location offers dinner-and-movie packages and deals, such as 10% off food with every movie stub, or 100% off food for every Oscar you've won.
The Baker's Rack's talented band of bakers and chefs elicit grins and excitement from guests of all ages while helping them to craft tasty recipes. A brief safety and rules review precedes an overview of basic equipment and recipes before stripling chefs taste each ingredient like a gingerbread man sorting his clean and dirty laundry. In between cooking steps, children engage in jubilant activities such as dancing, games, and fun-filled icebreakers. Past workshops have covered kid-friendly culinary favorites such as pizza, caramel, and teatime. A private cooking party for four children follows the same engaging curriculum in a more intimate atmosphere; adult parties fire up easily replicated recipes that reach far beyond the limits of Hot Pockets and upside-down Hot Pockets, spinning new dishes to suit a range of tastes. At the conclusion of both the class and the party, guests get to take home their completed culinary marvels.
When HoneyBaked Ham was just a single shop in Michigan more than 40 years ago, it was run under the careful eye of its founder, Harry J. Hoenselaar. He handpicked every bone-in ham that he was going to sell in stores and carefully cured each in a secret marinade recipe. He then slow-smoked the ham over a custom blend of wood chips. Hoenselaar even built and patented a machine that spiral-cut the meat into almost perfectly even slices and re-creations of M.A.S.H. characters. But what really stuck with people was his glaze—a proprietary recipe that encased each ham with a sweet, crunchy finish.
Though Harry's shop has since grown into a nationally recognized brand with more than 400 stores, that attention to detail hasn’t been lost. His grandchildren now oversee the company, and they have maintained that same process of hand-selecting hams and smoking them for up to 24 hours before they’re spiral-cut and glazed. Many of the stores also have a cafe-style counter, where patrons can pick up fresh sandwiches layered with roast beef, smoked turkey breast, chicken salad, and of course, honey-glazed ham.
The Charlotte Observer featured the Concord location of El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant and three TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl eyes. Five Yelpers give the Monroe location of El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant an average of three stars and seven Citysearchers give it an average of five stars.
Working under the motto "If you crave it, we can create it," the staff at Purple Cow Bakery mixes and bakes muffins, cupcakes, and other treats fresh daily, and will honor custom requests if guests call ahead. Staffers also compile fresh salads and sandwiches on house-baked bread, which contribute to a healthy diet when combined with eight glasses of cream-cheese frosting a day.