Executive chef Joshua Winslow taps farm-fresh ingredients and nearly two decades of culinary experience to craft a menu of traditional and newfangled takes on Southern favorites. At the twang of the dinner banjo, cornbread croutons bob in bowls of rich Bluegrass Country ham and heirloom bean soup, inviting hearty appetites to pull up a cozy green chair and drop fang-anchor in eats ($5). Sustainable seafood selections such as the Bigg Blue mussels starter, steamed in Lexington-brewed Kentucky Ale, swim toward tables through a casually upscale dining room, past murals of majestic horses speeding through greenery to get to the salon before the perm counter closes ($8). Hailing from more solid ground, the 10-ounce char-grilled pork chop cozies up to whipped sweet potatoes and bourbon-apple chutney ($20), while sandwiches such as the smoked beef brisket allow for a more multisensory dining experience ($10). Triangle Grille's main room seats up to 180, but the restaurant also offers a more intimate dining experience with its private room, which seats 30 to 50.
Cane's is known for its chicken fingers made with fresh, never frozen chicken, and served with secret sauce for dipping. Try out the box combo, a carton bursting at its Styrofoam seams with four chicken fingers, a slew of crispy crinkle-cut fries chopped from Grade-A Idaho potatoes, daily-blended coleslaw, Texas toast grilled with butter and garlic, a tub of special sauce, and a regular drink poured over crushed ice. Those serving a ravenous crowd of tailgaters or a truly terrifying gaggle of British schoolchildren can get fingers served in quantities of 25, 50, 75, and 100. Check out the menu to see their full smorgasbord of chicken-flavored chicken fingers and chicken sandwiches.
FunZone Pizza fills the fuel tanks of families and gamers with a buffet teeming with pizza, pasta, and salad. Once plates are clean, a pantheon of games—including Wheel of Fortune and skee-ball—challenges dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and the ticket-holding capacity of each player's blue jeans. Additionally, video games featuring racecar driving and shooting help customers live out fantasies of becoming cops who speed through town bringing just punishment to clay pigeons. Players may trade in any tickets that they win for fun prizes.
Since 1964, Blimpie has stacked and shuffled Jersey-style subs for on-the-go grabbers. The variety of items on its highly legible menu spans the subterranean spectrum, with hot, cold, and panini-grilled sandwich selections such as the new, oven-baked chicken cheddar bacon ranch dressed in crisp veggies ($4.29 for a six-inch). Or opt for the classic Blimpie Best, piled high with ham, salami, cappacola, prosciuttini, folded provolone, veggies, vinegar, oil, and oregano ($3.89 for a six-inch).
Named for its Michigan-style hot dogs, Detroit Coney Island combines Motown flavors with juicy meats to offer a menu stocked with burger-stand mainstays. The stand’s namesake Coney Dogs ($2.29) harness the tastes of the Motor City with grilled frankfurters slathered in meaty chili, smothered in onions, and served with the lyrics to a Smokey Robinson song written in mustard. Detroit Coney Island also grills an array of burgers ($3.99+) and other bun-filling bites, with the giant fish sandwich ($5.99, $7.99 combo) satiating marine-loving stomachs with a pound of fried Alaskan pollock between two toasted buns. Diners can finish off hunger with one of Detroit Coney Island’s lip-smacking desserts, including root-beer floats, chewy brownies ($1.59), banana cream cake ($2.99), or baklava ($1.59).