Owner and Head Chef Tim Lan draws from his culinary training in Southern China and his travels across the globe to craft a menu that fuses the best of Asian, American, Italian, and French cuisines. Guests take places at tables clad in crisp, white linens before being serenaded with soft classical music⎯suggested by dining experts as a natural way to increase feelings of fanciness.
Diners receive elegantly plated feasts of lobster ravioli, lightly breaded general tso's chicken, and crab-cake sandwiches free of harmful trans-fats and crafted from many organic, hormone-free ingredients. Vegetarian plates and gluten-free options, such as brown-rice pasta with salmon and pesto, satisfy both taste buds and dietary demands.
Owned by the same family since its 1967 opening, Mariano’s Tavern combines hearty, stick-to-your-ribs cuisine with the fun and energy of a neighborhood pub. Guests can dive into casual menu items—such as hot and cold sub sandwiches and cheese pizzas—or splurge on heartier Italian dishes including veal parmigiana, mussels marinara, or chicken scallopini. In addition to playing pool and ogling televised sports, regulars can also entertain themselves by joining Texas hold'em tournaments every Wednesday. The competitions are free to enter, and winners take home cash prizes and keys to the Lone Star State's governor mansion.
Following the lead of Arnold Kauffman, Arnold's Way is the path to a healthier lifestyle through the consumption of living foods. Over the years, Kauffman has influenced countless visitors, vegans, and raw foodists who have embraced his way of life. At Arnold's Way, he shares his knowledge on a menu of living foods such as his signature green shake, which he says both helps promote weight loss and good health. The kitchen also prepares a host of raw soups, sandwiches, and even pastas made from spiral-shaped zucchini.
Though the county creek bubbling behind Zacharia’s Creek Side Café inspired the eatery’s name, it is the creativity of owners Andrew and Nancy Gallo and a team of trained chefs who keep diners enthused about each seasonal menu of Mediterranean, Tapas-style, and New American-inspired fare. The casual, fine-dining BYOB restaurant—which has garnered praise from LifeStyle Magazine and The TREND—welcomes guests to their cozy dining room, 50-seat outdoor patio, and on-location bakery, and serves up lunch, dinner, and prix fixe menus amid Levantine-inspired interior decor. Housemade pastas are decorated with grilled jumbo shrimp, pecorino romano cheese, and sauteed, while the jumbo lump crab cakes come with an entourage of smashed potatoes, roasted garlic, and green beans. An in-house pastry chef helps patrons cap off meals with fine cookies and petit-fours, seasonal cappuccinos, and over-the-top specialty cakes that are exact replicas of the Parthenon in Nashville, Tennessee.
Buffet islands dot the landscape of the Franconia Heritage Restaurant dining room, populated by platters of veggies and seasoned meats that provide limitless mixing and matching. Throughout the week, chefs whip up a full menu of à la carte options, replenishing buffets with freshly made Italian entrees along with fish dishes and crisp salads. Come Friday and Saturday evening, kitchen crews shift focus to an upper-crust menu of snow-crab legs, steamed clams, and prime rib.
Cozy booths wrap around an archipelago of buffet islands in the spacious main dining room, while subdued lighting and cranberry tablecloths distinguish an adjacent second space. HDTVs and WiFi captivate countertop diners, providing thrilling images of sportsmen arguing with referees and shouting at their own shoes.