Brothers Kevin and Ric Kiersh opened Red River BBQ & Grill as a catering company back in the '90s, and though it still outfits parties with heaps of classic southern comfort food (including a mashed potato bar), customers can now get their barbecue fix at two restaurant locations. Diners can stop in anytime for barbecue spuds and sandwiches, or visit on Monday night to enjoy all-you-can-eat fried chicken and stirring speeches delivered by ribs on the campaign trail. If customers don't opt for brisket, spicy sausage, and pork ribs still sizzling from their stay in the wood-fired pits, they can order steaks and fried shrimp. Sides include potato salad and beer-battered onion rings.
Marble Slab Creamery has used its cold-marble technique to fashion gourmet ice cream and frozen treats fresh in-store since 1983. At 541 locations across the world, customers look on admiringly as expert marble mavens take fresh flavors—including distinctive varieties such as peanut-butter banana, European-chocolate rum, and the pineapple-tinged piña colada—and blend in any of more than two dozen mix-in ingredients such as name-brand candies or fresh fruit atop a frozen marble slab. They then stick the concoction onto a bowl or one of the fresh waffle cones that staffers bake in-store every day. Marble Slab's confections also include ice-cream cakes, cupcakes, and dessert pizzas bedecked with sweet-cream ice cream and flavorful toppings.
The chefs at Nick's Pizza and Gelato hand toss each of the restaurant's Brooklyn-style pizzas, which crown a menu that includes pastas, paninis, and calzones. They also scoop out gelato for dessert or to help guests celebrate a special occasion, such as opening their own ice-cream parlor. This mix of hot and cold treats is available seven days a week, whether you'd like to measure a meat lover's pizza's meatiness in the shop or dine on homemade garlic bread and lasagna at home.
Center Court Pizza & Brew ramps up the classic combo of pizza, beer, and sports thanks to daily made pizza dough, craft beers from across the country, and television screens abuzz with the big game. Sports and pizza collide atop the touchdown pizza, with pepperoni, sausage, Canadian bacon, and a slew of crisp vegetables, a pie that begs for a pint from Rogue Ales or St. Arnold Brewing Company. Pizzas are the centerpieces here, but robust plates of pastas, wings slathered in sauces and dry rubs, and bread-splitting subs round out the menu. End the game with a homemade dessert that adds sweetness to a bitter loss better than an eviction notice sealed with a kiss.