Ceramic Cafe arms artists of all ages with the artistic instruments necessary to transform unfinished earthenware into pottery masterpieces. Guests can adorn two 12-ounce mugs, two 8-inch round plates, or one mug and one plate in more than 60 different colors of nontoxic ceramic glazes that will not flake off and add unwanted seasoning to swordfish-casserole dishes. Idea books, stencils, sponges, and stamps supply sources of artistic inspiration, and staff members stand by to demonstrate techniques, or to pose for a mug-side replica of Whistler's Mother. The studio fires pieces in its kiln to ensure designs are food safe and long lasting, and customers can retrieve their work the following week.
A half-pound of beef brisket lies beneath the thousand island dressing, american cheese, chopped onion, and three-piece bun of The Stack BBQ's namesake sandwich. The full menu is similarly loyal to Kansas City barbecue traditions, displaying pork, sausage, burnt ends, and ham. Chefs prepare ribs in the classic St. Louis style by rubbing them with spices while reciting lines from Braveheart. They also cook buffalo, barbecue, or bayou-style wings on the pit, which has multiple racks to keep meats to keep meats in just the right level of smoke and heat. Hand-breaded, deep-fried mushrooms slide around plates, scooping up last drips of sauce.
When brothers Derek Boone and Dustin Craighead made the leap to restaurant ownership from backgrounds in the electronics industry and tattoo-parlor business, they probably didn't guess that they'd be serving some of their signature dishes to Guy Fieri. Their rustic, roadhouse-like gastropub, Swagger Fine Spirits & Food, was featured in an episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fieri looked on as Chef Jerry Forness prepared the tempura-battered suribachi burger, which sizzles the taste buds with hot asian mustard and sriracha chili sauce. After he took a bite, Fieri noted the crunchiness of the tempura and the piquancy of the wasabi coleslaw, saying, "That is a lot of flavor, man." Of the chili made with Flying Monkey Amber Ale, the gregarious foodie murmured, "Mmm. That's a meal right there, dude."
The episode also showcased dishes such as the hot wings and a pulled-pork sandwich made with smoked pork shoulder and handcrafted barbecue sauce. Patrons balance out the spicy, savory flavors with close to 50 draft beers and more than 50 types of whiskey—about the same variety you'd expect in Hemingway's liquor cabinet.
Friday and Saturday evenings at Tassos, live musicians furnish a beat for belly dancers who shimmy across the dance floor, imbuing the casual eatery with a raucous, lively atmosphere. In the kitchen, chefs charbroil and skewer lamb and gyro meats and drizzle their tender exteriors with classic sauces such as béchamel and tzatziki. In addition to offering traditional cuisine, owners Tasso and Katina uphold their Greek heritage by hosting an annual toga party and even sell breaking dishes that diners can smash in celebration of marriage or in frustration at impossible Rubik’s cubes.
From morning, noon, to night, the hardworking chefs at Paparico's dish out mouthwatering meals of Mexican. Breakfast burritos and quesadillas greet the rising sun, and traditional meals of pozole, carnitas, and tamales round out suppers graced with garnishes of colorful pico de gallo, creamy queso rico, and salsa verde. An ample supply of Mexican beers and potent margaritas wash away spicy notes of poblano and chili de arbol, and provide more sturdy toasting apparatuses than enchiladas topped with ranchero sauce.