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.
Rising Roll dishes out tasty lunch fare, earning recognition as a best buy from Zagat. Sink your teeth into paninis, melts, and gourmet wraps. The Mad Italian layers salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing on a toothsome boule, croissant, or wrap with a side of red-skin-potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw. Vegetarians will delight at the pesto portabella, a combination of marinated grilled portabella, crumbled goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and pesto. A selection of salads, such as the Maui (crisp romaine, grilled chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans), provides carb-free eats for diners restricted by diets and devout bowling leagues.
McAlister's Deli's kitchen craftspeople concoct sandwiches, salads, and loaded potatoes from fresh ingredients and artisan breads, creating meals that earned them a spot on the 2009 10 Best Fast-Casual Restaurants list by Parents magazine. Rather than braving a home kitchen's gauntlet of hanging knives and mayonnaise slicks, pick up a gameday pack that includes an assortment of deli sandwiches with roast beef, turkey, or ham with cheese on fresh-baked breads. Dip a combination of chocolate-chip, oatmeal-raisin, and white-chocolate-macadamia cookies in tall glasses of home-brewed sweet tea made from rainforest-certified black tea and pure sugar, or opt for the unsweetened variety.