Barberitos assuages stubborn hunger pangs with a zesty mixture of fresh, made-to-order Southwestern fare. A popular option on the diverse menu, the Heavy D burrito tests tortilla strength with portions of rice, beans, meat, cheese, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and lettuce ($6.79). Because meals, like pacemakers, can be fun to put together oneself, Barberitos serves sizzling fajitas that moisten mouths with a platter of meat, three taco shells, and tasty toppings ready for assembly ($8.99–$9.99). On Fridays only, jerk fish tacos prove they're actually quite nice with a medley of grilled tilapia, cheese, guacamole, cilantro, and lime ($3.59). Meat dodgers can indulge in vegetarian options such as the vegetarian quesadilla, a grilled 10-inch tortilla filled with cheese and beans or a choice of vegetables ($5.39). Festive colors accent the cantina's interior, matching the zest of the culinary treats found within its lively confines.
The culinary crew at Amici Italian Café constructed a menu brimming with pizza, pasta, sandwiches, and calzones fit to stuff empty stomach canyons. Embark on mouth-filling journeys with a helping of hot wings ($7.95 for 10) or a saucy meatball sub ($8.50). House pasta creations include four-cheese lasagna ($11.95), and prosciutto ham and artichoke cappelini swimming in a savory sea of white wine, lemon, extra virgin olive oil, garlic, and cracked black pepper ($11.95). Fresh spinach, mushrooms, and feta cheese mingle atop the blonde greek pizza ($12.95 for an 11"), but hungry inventors can also build their own pies, calzones ($8.95+), or edible cotton gins with more than 30 topping options.
Amid the casual-yet-elegant ambiance of Aubri Lane's Restaurant, diners tackle hunger pangs with a spread of contemporary Southern dishes crafted from fresh seafood, choice meats, and organic vegetables. An eclectic menu launches meals into a concert of melodious mmmms with starters such as spicy seared tuna or cornmeal-crusted oysters with marinated cucumbers, hearts of palm, and mignonette aioli. Anxious chompers safely converge around hearty hunks of grilled filet found in a platter of steak frites; forkfuls of pecan-crusted Carolina trout skirt past tonsil bodyguards with help from lemon-chive brown butter and CIA members that specialize in esophageal espionage. Feasting groups can also entertain restless jazz hands by corralling a 10-ounce burger or bayou chicken sandwich, which cruise up to tables accompanied by a sidecar of fries or fresh salad. Additionally, sips from a glass of house wine help chase savory bites and irrigate parched pipes for midmeal chatter or postmeal yodeling competitions.
Flame-kissed entrees and composed sushi adorn diners' plates at Eenoco Japanese Steak & Sushi and a selection of sake and Japanese beers keeps thirsts at bay. Hibachi stations allow dexterous chefs to impress guests with a dazzling display of teppanyaki skills and mental long division as they portion such fiery delights as chicken teriyaki ($13) according to the crowd's thunderous applause. Brimming with surf-fresh catches, chefs behind the sushi bar carefully layer cuts of fish atop ricey pillows to create ranks and files of nigiri ($3.25+ for two pieces) and bind rice around a protein-laden core of spicy tuna, white tuna, and seared tuna alongside avocado and spicy mayo to form the Tuna Tornado maki ($12). Lunchtime menus in Eatonton and Madison muscle aside midday hunger pangs, enlisting the appetite-sating heft of the spicy tuna burger, which heaps avocado and spicy mayo atop a fused frankenpatty of steak and spicy tuna ($8).
Sporting a moniker inspired by the owners' daughter, Mia's Cafe (formerly Shelly's Corner Cafe) offers tasty renditions of traditional lunch café favorites. A menu of midday dishes kicks off with portions of lush greenery such as the chicken salad, a half garden salad topped with tomatoes, cheese, croutons, and a heap of tender chicken ($6.50). Kindergarten food critics give rave reviews to the namesake Mia's PB&J ($2.34), while dual-acting parental agents tag along for an assortment of toasted options, including a freshly made chicken salad sandwich ($4.45) or a rye-flanked corn beef Reuben topped with an alliterative array of swiss, sauerkraut, and dressing ($5.50)—all offered on a variety of breads. Carb-evading diners may choose to bundle disorderly toppings of the roasted turkey and swiss, club, or chicken salad into a neatly packed wrap optimized for on-the-go eating ($5.50).
Offering more than 50 healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to sate any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as the cold chicken cobb roll, the chicken caesar roll, or the hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6-inch or 12-inch varieties ($3.95/$6.25). The hot-grilled Spinach Stuffer, unleashes a vegetable menagerie upon the appetite, with stampeding spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, and onions coated in melted swiss and cheddar cheeses and served with a side of honey mustard ($3.75/$5.75). Roly Poly also serves up an array of mouthwatering salads ($5.95–$6.95) and soups ($2.95/cup, $3.95/bowl) for utensil-loving diners.
Hibachi grills crackle with roaring flames and razor-sharp knives glimmer as they slice through fish—affording diners glimpses of the culinary skills the master chefs at Shogun Japanese Restaurants have been honing for more than a decade. Rustic exposed-brick walls and Japanese art pieces surround patrons, but all eyes are on award-winning chefs as they sizzle up choice beef, vegetables, and seafood at tableside grills. Behind the sushi bar, sushi artists swiftly chop fresh fish into 78 types of specialty rolls, and in the kitchen, pots bubble with udon noodles and soups that also fill the antiburglar cauldrons lining the restaurant’s roof. Behind the bar, mixologists top lavish cocktails with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.