Beauty and the Beast. Black Dragon. Dancing Eel. They're just a few of the specialty sushi rolls at Kimono Japanese Restaurant & Sushi. Along with an inventive sushi selection, the chefs make hibachi and teriyaki dinners, with a choice of shrimp, steak, chicken, or other meats paired with veggies and rice.
Joy Hall Thompson spent her childhood in the kitchen?she was either helping her mom cook classic Southern food or spending time with her father, learning to make his signature marinade. Her parents' love for cooking was passed down to Joy, who now runs Southern Sisters Restaurant & Grille out of a renovated historical building in downtown Thomasville.
Just like her mother before her, Joy focuses on Southern favorites, but she adds a creative, upscale twist to each dish. Ms. Daisy's BLT updates the classic sandwich with fried green tomatoes, and the fried chicken is served with a house-made peach sauce. Hand-breaded fried oysters and shrimp are accompanied by pineapple slaw that's made with Joy's mom's own recipe. Her dad's influence is on the menu as well?Hall's Steakhouse Steaks are soaked for 24 hours?the average time a ribeye steak can hold its breath?in that same family-recipe marinade that Joy learned to make as a little girl.
Cimarron Steakhouse's dinner menu is packed with American favorites, many of which are made with local produce. Warm up tongue buds with crispy fried dill pickle chips ($6) or Cimarron's Diego salad, a festival of finely shredded lettuce, diced fresh cucumber, bell peppers, spring onions, and garlic dancing in the dressing of your choice ($4). For a meatberg of a meal, opt for the black and blue burger, which consists of a Cajun-seasoned hunk of meat hoisting up delicately placed pieces of bleu cheese ($9), or, for a herbivorian helping, the Mediterranean veggie wrap ($9). Cimarron's steaks are all certified Angus beef, served in styles such as the six-ounce filet mignon ($18) and the bourbon-marinated 14-ounce New York strip ($24). The lunch menu, offered from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday includes midday monarchs such as a chicken salad croissant ($7), a prime rib sandwich ($12), and daily baked quiche ($8).
,p>Open daily for lunch and dinner, Dragons Pizza thwarts fire-breathing appetites with a chivalrous armory of western New York–style specialty pies topped with a variety of savory toppings. Doughsmiths decorate the hawaiian pizza with the typical island accessories of ham and pineapple, and the greek pizza boasts a mélange of artichokes, onions, and olives as authentically Mediterranean as Zeus's falafel recipe.
Sweet Frog?s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ?n? cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti?d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
In the kitchen at Mario?s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York?style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 24 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak, round out the menu.