Knights in shining armor. White horses. Fair maidens. All the magnificent trappings of a bygone era come to life at Medieval Times, where ironclad knights clash for the title of King's Champion in front of a wide-eyed audience that peppers the battlefield with cheers and jeers between bites of a four-course dinner. Each two-hour tournament channels the pageantry and spectacle of 11th-century Spain, pitting six competitors against each other inside a spacious, sand-filled arena for the honor of earning the title of champion and the favor of the royal court. A spirited musical score infuses epic onslaughts with an extra dose of tension as adversaries joust atop stallions, deflect ferocious blows, and slice through suits forged of authentic junk mail. To further immerse guests in the fairy tale, Medieval Times encourages each guest to declare their allegiance by cheering loudly for the knight in their corner.
Like royal guests centuries ago, spectators bask in the revelry while feasting upon a finger-friendly bill of fare without the aid of utensils or the "choo-choo" sounds of parents. The four-course feast includes a tomato-bisque soup starter, oven-roasted chicken with a garlic-bread side, single spare rib, and an herb-basted potato. Servers periodically fill patrons? goblets with soda or water, which adults can supplement with purchases from a full-service bar. Meals conclude with the castle's sweet pastry dessert.
Every recipe on the menu at Biba's Italian Restaurant is the brainchild of the chefs. Years of experimentation has helped them decide precisely how much ricotta cheese should get tucked into each ravioli and the exact ratio of spices to craft their Cajun cream sauce. The chefs delegate their most popular creation to the appetizer section: Biba?s garlic rolls, baked fresh daily with a secret blend of seasoning that is written on the back of the U.S. Constitution. With a full rolodex of beloved dishes, the chefs spend their days making everything from shrimp scampi and fettuccine alfredo to eggplant parmigiana subs. Pizzas and calzones bake to a rich, golden brown beneath or around 20 different toppings, such as meatballs, roasted red peppers, and eggplant.
He may sometimes be busy appearing on CBS’ Better Mornings Atlanta, but Who’s Got Soul Southern Café founder and head chef Keith Kash is so serious about food, his restaurant has its own mission statement. Emphasizing attention to detail and a love of food in each dish, Keith and his café staff stand by a commitment to cooking only high-quality foods with an emphasis on family and cultural traditions. At two locations, guests can choose meals of catfish, ribs, wings, or sandwiches, many of which come with a choice of sides, such as slaw, potatoes smashed with an organic anvil, and steamed cabbage with carrots.
A perimeter of brick walls and flat-screen TVs envelops AC Tavern, where seasonal craft beers wash down a menu of Southern-inspired pub fare and events busy guests with poker, karaoke, and football. In the kitchen, chefs lightly fry catfish morsels and layer them onto plates alone or stuff them into po boys flanked by Cajun tartar dipping sauce. The texas brisket pizza joins two hearty staples as jalapeños and onions top texas brisket, coated in the same root-beer barbecue sauce that also drenches a half or full rack of slow-smoked but fast-talking St. Louis–style ribs. Every day of the week, diners can pair their feasts with diversions, including live music on Fridays and college football on Sundays.
Deliteful Events may have the word "lite" in its name, but its menus have plenty of opportunity for indulgence. Bakers decorate and layer cakes for occasions ranging from kids' birthdays to weddings, each with a huge number of flavor, filling, and icing options. Those range from the homey—applesauce cake and cream-cheese frosting, for instance—to intriguing gourmet blends such as white-chocolate banana cake. Served in a cozy cafe and at catered events, the savory side of the menu holds juicy sandwiches, classic salads, and comfort cuisine such as meatloaf.
Wing Ranch, Gwinnett leaves no mystery when it comes to its mission: to serve the best chicken wings around, period. To do this, the kitchen staff cooks hearty chicken wings and then coats them in a choice of more than 20 sauces, including cajun, honey barbecue, Jamaican jerk, and nuclear waste, the latter of which is smokin' hot. Chicken also arrives at tables in the form of grilled or fried strips, nuggets, sandwiches, and wraps. Fish, shrimp, and burgers round out the menu.