Since the inception of its flagship location in 1973, Golden Corral has continued to load plates with an ever-expanding menu of homestyle fare served in a family-oriented atmosphere. Among the never-ending dinner buffet’s offerings, 15 types of protein, including sirloin steaks cut and aged on the premises, pair with comfort-fare staples such as mac 'n' cheese and banana pudding. At lunch, pot roast simmered for 12 hours and made-from-scratch meatloaf fill the buffet’s ranks, and breakfast promises made-to-order omelets, hearty slices of ham and sausage, and sizzling hash browns. Each of Golden Corral’s locations opens its doors to group events, seating parties of 25 or more, or one house of Congress in recess.
While the chefs at Brothers Kitchen Restaurant probably aren’t your grandma, they might know her recipes. Drawing on the classic dishes imparted by a Southern upbringing, they put an upscale spin on soul dishes. Pan-fried, grilled, or barbequed, their fish always comes with a side of tartar or cocktail sauce that adds a tangy finish to the crispy filets. The chefs also turn their hand to barbeque staples such as fried chicken, whole slabs of ribs, and fried shrimp and scallops. The honey-sweet smell of cornbread drifts from ovens, hinting at a thick crust and goldenrod interior ideal for mopping up sauces. Live jazz punctuates sated sighs, the stringed instruments drifting warmly and singers soulfully expressing how sad it is when a horse eats a rose.
One pound of sliced Angus steak topped with a mix of melted cheese and Guinness barbecue sauce, served alongside a basket of fries. For finishing this behemoth yourself, the personnel at Harper's Pub treat you to a complimentary drink and add your snapshot to their wall of fame. More often, however, the kitchen whips up smaller sandwiches, wraps, and burgers packed with ingredients ranging from ranchero sauce to mozzarella sticks. Over at the bar, bartenders draw draft beer from 18 tap lines and stock 40 types of seasonally appropriate bottled beers in the fridge. Open until 3 a.m., the pub entices night owls with free WiFi, broadcasts of Sunday-, Monday-, and Thursday-night football games, and weekly hooting lessons.
With nods from USA Today, CBS News, and The Washington Post, Rodizio Grill has made a name for itself as an authentic Brazilian charrascuria––a South American–style rotisserie. Founded by São Paolo–born Ivan Utrera, the cuisine comprises of select cuts of meat, which are slow-roasted on a spit and then skewered. It also featured seafood selections, grilled pineapple, and unlimited trips to an award-winning salad bar with over 40 items. Gauchos––also known as Brazilian cowboys––bustle about the restaurant, bringing unlimited slices of tender meat to diners who can also grab fresh vegetables and appetizers at the salad bar.
The grill masters at Wildfire BBQ Co. sear marinated meat over open flames for their loyal legion of customers and a number of specially catered events. For those seeking the restaurant experience, seats at the counter or inside a cozy booth are prime placement for the enjoyment of hearty helpings of barbecued comfort food. Biscuits and gravy, grits, and house-made corned-beef hash energize early risers, and lunchtime guests receive platters of baby-back ribs and beef brisket. House-made rice and bread puddings cool mouths after smoky meals, whereas four catering packages hush the howls of stomachs striving to be heard over the small talk at parties or the sounds of synergy at corporate functions.
Tilt Studio's tenure as a family fun center dates back to 1972, a time when the menacing Pac-Man ghosts were still very much alive. Today, the 27,000 square-foot facility greets gamers with scores of arcade and ticket-redemption games plus spacious private-event rooms for corporate gatherings and birthday parties. Visitors receive a game card that works like a debit card, replacing cumbersome quarters that could otherwise be used to enter speed-drying competitions at the laundromat. In the arcade, up to four players can experience high-octane Formula One action, careening down a simulated Indy Motor Speedway, or land strikes on four lanes of virtual bowling, with backdrops depicting Rome, Japan, and Yosemite National Park.