In 1964, brothers Leroy and Forrest Raffel banded together to come up with a new restaurant concept. Arby's took off almost immediately on the coattails of its hallmark roast-beef sandwich and the founders’ idea of providing customers with fast, quality food. Over the company's 48-year franchise history, its foundational pièce de résistance of thinly sliced, juicy beef has been served in a many permutations, and continues to be popular today, served at more than 3,500 stores in North America. Today’s menu still ignites appetites with traditional beef sandwiches, plus hot and seasoned curly fries, fresh-chopped salads, and desserts good for richly capping off meals or bribing any bridge trolls on the way home.
At Rocky River Grille, visitors can partake in a casual yet classy dining experience that offers seamless service and unmatched comfort. Located inside the luxe confines of the Embassy Suites, Rocky River Grille massages taste buds with a bevy of menu selections that offer American fare for lunch and dinner. Opt for a pecan planked salmon ($18.75) and a pulled-chicken pot pie ($14.75), or grab a handy mitt-fitting sandwich such as the shrimp pita ($7–$8.75) or prime-rib dip ($7–$8.75). Soak in the well-lit and vibrantly colored lounge’s ambience while sipping on a glass of palate-pleasing wine such as the Red Rock merlot ($8) or on an expertly whipped up mojito ($9).
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.
The meals served at Bonfire Bar & Grill are exactly the type you might expect to eat around a bonfire at a backyard barbecue—there's crab cakes with roasted corn; strawberry salad with blue cheese; grill-fired pork ribs; hand-formed burgers topped with smoked bacon. Though rooted in comfort food, Bonfire's menu, like a dancing chimney sweep, has its moments of elegance. Spice-rubbed salmon is paired with local tomatoes, and asparagus brightens up a plate of garlic mashed potatoes and a 6-ounce filet. Diners can enjoy those meals in front of the sporting events broadcast each evening, or stop in for regular live events such as trivia and poker tournaments.
At PapaRoni's Pizza & Ice Cream, the aroma of freshly made pizzas, calzones, and subs lures customers in for a decadent feeding frenzy. The chefs fleck specialty pizzas in toppings including asiago cheese, provolone, and ground beef, and each of their signature white pizzas hosts fixings on a foundation of house-made garlic sauce, ricotta, and mozzarella. A lengthy dessert menu rewards well-behaved taste buds with a selection of sundaes, shakes, and soft-serve ice cream. Guests can sup in the restaurant's casual dining room, or take their meals to go to devour them at home, at the office, or in a rival pizza place’s parking lot.
In an elegant, family-friendly atmosphere, Max's Ally offers a mix of updated comfort fare and fresh, upscale dishes. Smack tongue buds with flavorful dinner starters such as the five-spice tuna, served rare with a mango-avocado slaw and wasabi aioli ($9.95), or sneak an entourage of fried green tomatoes, stone-ground yellow grits, country ham, leek fondue, and tomato jus past the velvet rope of your mouth club ($7.95). Jed's Pork Chop in a cider reduction rubs elbows with a sweet-potato puree, wilted spinach, and Granny Smith apple slaw ($16.95), and the Just for the Veggies plate teams up handpicked seasonal vegetables with parmesan risotto or couscous ($12.95) for a culinary all-star team.