The pitmasters at Tays Barbeque have been barbecuing meats the old-fashioned way since the 1940s, when Millard Taylor opened first started serving up St. Louis-style ribs to the people of
Columbia, Mississippi. What does "old fashioned way" mean? At Tays, it means hand-coating meat in a special dry rub, then letting it smoke for hours over a hickory-wood fire until the ribs are tender enough to break in half. The rest of the menu?comprised of recipes from two barbecue-loving families?gets just as much love and attention. Chefs smoke
sausages and hot wings, compile pulled pork sandwiches, and carve up beef brisket for sale by the pound. All of Tays meats are served dry unless otherwise requested, and each is paired with two sides, like coleslaw or mac-n-cheese, a slice of bread, and a choice of original or spicy white barbecue sauce. Of course, man cannot live on smoked meat platters alone, which is why the chefs also serve up sweet helpings of banana pudding and peach cobbler, made fresh daily and topped with a choice of vanilla ice cream or an entire ham.
Mazzio's Italian Eatery's staff rolls out a buffet for lunch and dinner populated with tasty Italian cuisine that they also serve à la carte. The restaurant's staff has been perfecting its culinary modus operandi for more than 50 years, long enough to evolve the pizza selection to include three levels of thickness. Chefs bake standard, deep-dish, and thin crusts—available in gluten-free form—and load each with toppings such as caramelized onions and giant pepperoni. The kitchen makes pasta plates to order, some baked in the oven, such as lasagna, and some tossed in sauce, such as the mainstay spaghetti and meatballs. The signature calzone radiates the ambrosial scent of pizza dough stuffed with meat and cheese, and it's meant to be shared, unlike a pogo stick.
Beagle Bagel Cafe turns farm-fresh ingredients into a bevy of confectionary treats and scrumptious café fare. Refreshingly cool smears of cream cheese in flavors such as garlic and herb, lotta lox, and cinnamon swirl alight upon more than 20 types of bagels, including blueberry blitz and sun-dried tomato. Early risers can catapult themselves mouth-first into a new day with gourmet coffee ($1.25–$1.65) partnered with breakfast-menu scarfables such as bagel sandwiches ($1.99–$3.95) and wraps stuffed with eggs, cheese, and a choice of meat ($6.80). Hot paninis ($7.50) and deli-meat bagel sandwiches ($5.65+) from the lunch and dinner menu pacify postbreakfast hunger pangs. A rotating assortment of cupcakes silences the griping of whiny sweet teeth, providing nearby molars with the silence they need to study for the GRE.
For familiar food you're sure to love, head to Local 463 Urban Kitchen for American-style cuisine.
Diners who avoid fat need to be careful, though, because Local 463 Urban Kitchen's menu does not offer low-fat options.
Order a bottle for the table if you like — Local 463 Urban Kitchen has a full bar stocked with the best wine, beer, and more.
Youngsters don't need to sit out a trip to Local 463 Urban Kitchen — it's super family-friendly and perfect for little diners and their folks.
Groups of all sizes can easily be seated at Local 463 Urban Kitchen.
Summer meals will taste even better when you enjoy them on Local 463 Urban Kitchen's gorgeous patio.
Dress is typically casual at Local 463 Urban Kitchen, so leave the fancy duds behind for the evening.
Or, take your food to go.
A catering menu is also available if you're looking to dazzle the diners at your next shindig.
Local 463 Urban Kitchen's guests can take advantage of the easy street and lot parking options.
Prices are a bit on the higher side, so this might be a good pick for a special night out.
Whether you prefer tea or coffee, The Mermaid Cafe cafe has a wide selection of beverages.
Diet schmiet! Catch a break from low-fat fare at The Mermaid Cafe, where low-fat options aren t an option.
The drink list at The Mermaid Cafe has everything you need to complete your meal (and your night out).
The Mermaid Cafe is well-known for being able to seat large parties.
The patio seating at The Mermaid Cafe is perfect for those warm summer days.
No need to put on airs for a trip to The Mermaid Cafe — the dress code and ambience at this restaurant are totally laid-back.
If you're strapped for time, take out food from The Mermaid Cafe.
Throwing a big party? Count on The Mermaid Cafe to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Parking is available at an adjacent lot.
The Mermaid Cafe makes bikers feel at ease with the multiple storage racks outside.
A night out here can be a bit pricey, so prepare to shell out a bit more.
Grab a bite at Madison's Bonefish Grill.
Dieters looking for low-fat options will be out of luck, though, as taste trumps caloric value here.
Complete your meal with the perfect glass of wine or beer from Bonefish Grill's drink list.
Have a few picky young eaters in the family? Not a problem at Bonefish Grill, where the food and ambience are perfect for family dining.
Casual dining at its best, Bonefish Grill customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Call Bonefish Grill for catering if you have a big event coming up.
Or, take your food to go.
The restaurant offers free parking in the lot next door.
Cheap meals don't have to lack flavor as shown by the innovative dishes coming out of Bonefish Grill's kitchen.
The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but it's the dinner menu that really draws the crowds.