If a shout-out from USA Today isn’t proof enough that Rodizio Grill’s founder, São Paolo–born Ivan Utrera, strives for authenticity, perhaps his staff will convince you. They wear the garb of gauchos, or Brazilian cowboys, and carve slow-roasted meats right onto your plate in true churrascaria style.
Pick and choose from more than 12 skewered meats and treats, ranging from bacon-swathed turkey to leg of lamb to grilled pineapple. Or ditch the meat fest altogether and head to the salad bar, where black-bean feijoada stew, pasta alfredo, and sautéed collard greens await. The salad bar even has actual salad options such as crab and fresh mozzarella on top of greens, a culinary tradition that dates back to a caveman accidentally spilling his groceries in the yard.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to find dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as cheesy chipotle-chicken enchiladas, pulled pork with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled flank steak. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.
Successful restaurateur Supenn Harrison made her first foray into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, when she bought a burger joint in the Twin Cities. For Supenn, slinging patties wasn't enough to satisfy her love of the culinary arts; the Thailand native and former teacher quickly traded deep fryers for woks and opened her first Thai restaurant.
She eventually launched the first Sawatdee in 1983 in an abandoned warehouse, transforming the unlikely setting into something you might see in the heart of Bangkok, with gold-leaf ceilings and traditional artwork. Now, Supenn owns seven Sawatdee restaurants throughout Minnesota and has expanded the menu to include sushi dishes. Besides sharing her culinary skills through hands-on cooking classes, Supenn has disseminated her authentic Thai fare by catering birthday celebrations, family reunions, and the Rolling Stones' anti-retirement party.
When Travis Dickey opened the first Dickey’s Barbecue Pit in 1941, the menu offered beef brisket, pit hams, barbecue beans, potato chips, drinks, and that’s all. By focusing on perfecting the flavors of a few dishes, Travis was able to increase quality, and, ultimately, customers. Patrons were so enamored of the food that the restaurant eventually expanded into a nationwide franchise, allowing Americans all over to wear badges made of barbecue sauce. Over the past 70 years, Dickey’s has been passed on to Travis’s sons, but not much else has changed—the quality meats are still seasoned and smoked on site, and except for the addition of spicy cheddar sausage in 2011, the menu remains the same. Regional meats ensure that the most succulent Texas-style chopped beef brisket, old-recipe polish sausage, and fall-off-the-bone pork ribs make it to tabletops. Sides such as mac 'n' cheese and green beans with bacon continue to enhance feasts with an extra punch of homestyle tastiness. Each meal comes complete with complimentary ice cream, soft rolls, and dill pickles.
Bollywood Bistro’s colorful menu takes its cues from the uplifting songs, bright clothing, and constant menu-reading of Bollywood cinema. The friendly staff is committed to the convention of "Atithi Devo Bhava"—putting guests at the center of attention—and aims to make each meal a memorable feast. Bouquets of spices and exotic ingredients drift from the kitchen on plates of tangy garbanzo salads, punjabi curry, tikka masala, and Indian-style tiramisu.