Diners gasp as fiery flames spring up from the tableside hibachi grills, but chefs remain calm and collected. Nimbly, they sizzle up tender cuts of steak, chicken, and lobster tail, their faces illuminated in the dancing flames. As hibachi chefs labor over grills before their captivated audiences, sushi chefs slice up fresh eel, spicy tuna, and salmon, and then fold the fish into a variety of traditional and specialty rolls. Servers bustle about the dark hardwood floors of the airy space, balancing trays of wine.
The baristas at The Village Coffee House & Bakery source their beans from area roasters, supporting Fayetteville's economy while also ensuring that each cup of java has a rich, fresh taste. They also serve up shakes, smoothies, teas from Republic of Tea, and Italian sodas, which pair well with daily-baked pastries, including danishes, scones, and muffins. But perhaps the star of the bakery is their intricately decorated cakes. The bakers create custom-designed masterpieces for birthdays?which might feature the child's favorite cartoon character or professional chess player?weddings, and other special events.
At Steve The Southern Gourmet Restaurant and Catering, chefs Steve Graham and Yanci Evans want diners to feel like they're at grandma's house. To accomplish that, they went to straight to the source—they visited the kitchens of grandmas all around the area, studying techniques for making dishes from smothered pork chops to fried catfish. And like their grandmotherly mentors, they eschew anything prepackaged, using only fresh ingredients such as wild mushrooms and ground Angus beef. Their dedication to southern cuisine extends to the beverages, from the sweet tea brewed with sugar to the Carolina muscadine wines. The chefs keep the kitchen warm daily at the restaurant's large, airy dining space, as well as take it on the road to cater events such as weddings and eating-contest after-parties.