More than 40 years ago, Harry J. Hoenselaar chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop. In addition to the eponymous victuals, the ham denizens turn their braising prowess on similarly delightful platter toppers, including turkey, barbecued pork, and 2-pound beef roasts smothered in gravy.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Proponents of dry rub can be found across the Midwest—Oklahoma’s barbecue joints are an especially good bet. If you ask any of these die-hards, they’ll say that what dry-rubbed meats lack in sauce, they make up for in the delicately balanced flavors of their spices. Rib Crib BBQ & Grill captures these flavors and brings them to its cozy Lakeland restaurant, where guests can feast on chicken, ribs, and briskets smoked onsite over hickory chips. In addition to pit choices, Rib Crib dishes out Southern¬-style sides such as corn on the cob, mac ‘n’ cheese, and slow-cooked cowboy beans that guests can lasso individually with a tiny rope of floss.:m]]
The Red Elephant Pizza and Grill takes its status as a family-friendly eatery seriously. That means they offer a huge variety of choices, from a gluten-free menu to homemade items such as salad dressings and pizza dough, while keeping the atmosphere fun and laid-back. Specialty square-sliced, thin crust pizzas include options for the veggie and meat lovers in the group, and guests can also build their own pies with toppings like jalape?os, grilled chicken, and mushrooms for total pizza control. Burgers, wraps, and salads also range from classics to specialties, with options like the grilled salmon burger, blue cheese wedge salad, and mediterranean wrap with feta and hummus. Rice bowls and pasta make appearances as well, and a separate kids' menu offers even more selections for little tykes or for those on a steady diet of grilled cheese and chicken fingers.
CiCi?s Pizza has been around since 1985, but the award-winning chain isn't afraid to experiment?in fact, its pizza masterminds say, it's now better than ever. They've entirely revamped their signature pies: more 100%-real cheese, a savory new garlic-butter crust, and more meat toppings.
That means Cici's endless buffet is now even more immense. Each pie is crafted with dough made from scratch daily, taking a starring role beside an all-you-care-to-eat assortment of fresh garden salad, pastas, soups, and desserts. (The made-from-scratch cinnamon rolls are a favorite way to end a meal?or begin one, for those not afraid of tearing a hole in the space-time continuum.) By offering such vast variety, CiCi's aims to please everyone who walks in the door.
Nana's Mobile Kitchen camps out with it's classic street fare, serving tacos, pulled pork, philly cheesesteaks, and hot dogs out of a mobile trailer in one location for 6 months, before packing up and finding a new spot in town. Wherever they set up shop, onlookers won't be able to miss the bright red trailer outfitted with kitschy curtains.