Every morning, chefs at Mother’s Home Cooking International prepare a new menu, readying chicken and catfish for frying, stirring rich chicken dressing, and baking fresh loaves of corn bread. The house-standard crispy fried chicken typically makes an appearance in the rotating culinary cast, often hobnobbing with mashed potatoes or rubbing elbows with macaroni and cheese. Duos indulge in hearty homestyle dishes, such as spaghetti and meatballs and smothered pork chops, and Southern-inspired fried catfish and chitterlings occasionally fill bellies on weekends. A traditional Sunday dinner gathers families around the table where they feast on dishes such as chicken and dressing, and debate whether to form a traveling family band or a traveling family law firm. Match dinners with a steamy scoop of vegetables, from sweet candied yams to rowdy black-eyed peas. Mother's Home Cooking International boasts a karaoke machine, an Xbox360, and a PlayStation 3, and patrons enjoy live football on Sunday, Monday, and Thursday nights.
Chef Reggi, the reigning pit master at Reggi’s BBQ & Wings, piles hickory-wood-smoked and sauce-slathered pork, chicken, and beef high on hearty dinner plates or inside hefty sandwiches. Sauce-friendly fingers can leaf through the menu before settling on the Monterey chicken sandwich, featuring a juicy poultry serenade with a sautéed-onion and bell-pepper accompaniment on a bed of jack cheese ($4.89). Regular ($5.89) or jumbo pork sandwiches ($6.89) mingle with french fries, laze alongside baked beans, or play horseshoes with onion rings, and platters of rib tips ($8.99), pulled pork ($7.89), and beef brisket ($8.99) convene with cool coleslaw, texas toast, potato salad, or french fries. Weighing in at either a half pound or a full pound, bulk packs of pork, beef, rib tips, or barbecue bologna expedite the journey from the lips to the stomach with an irresistible heft of meat and promises of a better tomorrow ($4.29–$8.59).
At Shogun Japanese Steak Seafood & Sushi, culinary artisans slice and serve fresh, satisfying rolls and morsels of seafood. As patrons pass the restaurant's welcoming Japanese water fountains, they work up appetites for 6–10 pieces of the crunchy shrimp roll, topped with a crown of crunchies and eel sauce ($6.50), or the Mexican roll ($10), which celebrates Mexico's rich sushi-making heritage with fried snapper and a spicy mayo sauce. In addition to slinging tightly wrapped cylinders, Shogun also delicately plates nigiri—two pieces per order—such as flying-fish roe ($3.50) or red clam ($5). As diners savor the magnificent mouthbursts of crabmeat-packed California rolls ($4.50) or flash-fried oyster tempura rolls ($7), they can watch sushi wranglers deftly prepare rolls before their very eyes or fix their gazes on the bar's TV for regular airings of sports or competitive napping tournaments.
Glass star-shaped lanterns hang from the restaurant's ceiling at varying lengths, giving guests the impression they're wading through a nebula. Once seated, the full picture comes into view with festive red walls and banquettes the color of fresh-picked cilantro. Soon after the order, kitchen skillets begin to sizzle with the sliced steak and marinated chicken that will fill burritos, enchiladas, and warm flour tortillas. Crazy Cactus also features jumbo margaritas and homemade sangria to cap off the meal.
The Grindz Coffee & Tea invites guests to relax with iced and warm caffeinated beverages in a spacious coffeehouse. Caramel macchiatos, chai tea lattes, and house blends accompany pastries and deli sandwiches. Fresh beans roasted in Portland, Oregon are available in 1-pound bags and can be ground at no additional charge. The locally owned venue regularly hosts special events featuring jazz bands, spoken-word artists, and other performers.