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.
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.
Backyard Bistro’s menu is rich in barbecue traditions that are upheld by the resident pit master. A level-seven sage of the barbecue pit, this wise individual slow-cooks pork in handcrafted cast-iron pit smokers for a potent punch to the tastebuds. Barbecue items such as the beef brisket ($13.50) and the ½ lb. slow-roasted pork barbecue ($9.95) are roasted overnight to bring ultimate moisture and smoky flavors to each bite (both items include choice of two sides). Also served with two sides, the ribs are rubbed down with Backyard’s signature rub and slow roasted until the tender meat slides down the bone easier than pigs down backyard Slip ‘n Slides ($18.95 full rack/$13.95 half rack). In addition to the tender, smoky barbecue options, diners can also tuck into the steak ($21–$23), fish ($12.95–$16.95), burgers ($8.50–$12.50), and sandwiches ($7.50–$12.95). Backyard Bistro serves food until midnight every night of the week.
Legend has it that when The Flying Biscuit Cafe first opened, diners were so enamored with the kitchen's soft, flaky biscuits that they polished off the entire stock before 11 a.m., causing the restaurant to close its doors for the day. Today, the cheerful eatery has expanded to 13 locations across Georgia, North Carolina, and Florida, each one serving an average of 5,000 biscuits per week. Cooks are forever busy in the kitchens, slicing up the fluffy biscuits for breakfast sandwiches and folding farm-fresh and organic ingredients into a variety of American comfort classics. They dole out breakfast dishes all day long, from wood-smoked salmon scrambles to the gooey grits lauded by reporters from The Emory Wheel as "the most delicious cheese grits you’ve ever tasted (or ever will taste)". As the day wears on, the cooks turn their attention to juicy Angus beef burgers and Southern-style dinners such as chicken-fried steak and spicy jambalaya pasta. Committed to promoting healthy lifestyles, they also offer a variety of good-for-you menu items and modifications, whipping up omelets with egg whites, baking biscuits with whole wheat, and serving pancakes with a side of cast-iron kettlebells.