Cattails Restaurant's executive chef Brian Schaaf dazzles palates with sophisticated culinary combinations and inspired presentation. Customers can kick-start meals with crispy duck confit on a bed of creamy, sweet pea risotto ($9). Crème fraiche floats along the surface of the sweet-potato bisque ($6) by clinging to a sage crouton, and walnut-crusted goat cheese climbs to the top of a salad of baby spinach, sliced pears, and an orange vinaigrette ($7). Dive mouth first into dinner entrees such as the grilled hickory-smoked pork chops served with potato-scallion cake, braised red cabbage, and an apple cider pork jus ($19) or the roasted cornish game hen ($18), chock-full of country ham and gruyere cheese and side-kicked by potato gnocchi and sage cream sauce. Cattails' dining room is perched high atop Five County Stadium, with a view of the field where the Carolina Mudcats play and weepily reenact scenes from Field of Dreams.
Spirits remain high throughout the week at Sports Page Bar & Grill, since 15 flat-screen televisions flicker to life every time a game, race, or regional spelling bee begins. Guests routinely gather to test their skills at the pool tables, dartboards, and arcade games, and trivia events on Mondays allow visiting teams to showcase their knowledge. The sounds of karaoke fill the room on Thursdays, although the music moves outside on Fridays and Saturdays when the grill hosts live bands on its brickyard patio. Even though it offers enough activities to keep patrons busy all week long, Sports Page Bar & Grill also encourages people to stop in and relax for a bit while enjoying a drink and a quick meal.
The menu focuses on hearty, rib-sticking comfort foods. The eatery's signature burger?The Whammer?features a juicy patty of Black Angus ground beef and short rib loaded onto a toasted pretzel roll along with toppings of bacon, cheese, and red onion. Other classics include hand-made Carolina crab cakes, full racks of baby back ribs, and old-fashioned milkshakes made with real ice cream.
Conceived by Knightsdale native and seafood connoisseur Annette Brown, A' Nets Katch hauls in a vast assortment of deep-sea delicacies cooked in-store or packaged for at-home preparation. The shop’s display case brims with more than 25 types of ocean-fresh fare, from crab legs and oysters to pink-hued salmon fillets and broiled krakens. Annette’s signature dishes include such maritime favorites as marinated-fish tacos, low-country boils, and pan-seared, almond-crusted fillets of mahi-mahi. In addition to its artfully arranged seafood displays, A' Nets Katch stocks an array of amenities to assist with at-home preparation, including tartar sauce, coolers, and wooden peg legs.