“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po'boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crawfish stand on their own. Servers draw frothy mugs of beer from local breweries CIB and Keg Creek or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere has drawn musicians such as two-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Mr. Tambourine Man.
Nestled in the historic Haymarket area, JTK Cuisine & Cocktails works to preserve the traditions of American cooking. Chefs keep their menus short, using only fresh ingredients that are in season. As they follow the cooling or warming of the air throughout the year, they change up the menu three or four times to introduce new weather-appropriate dishes and plot twists in the story of Appetizer and Entree. Their menus have focused on elements of modern American cuisine from both land and sea, while accommodating vegetarian, gluten-free, and other diets. Culinary teams shape burgers from American Wagyu beef, marinate cuts of New York strip and flatiron steak, and sear duck and chicken breasts. They also drizzle glazes and seasonings atop scallops, Atlantic salmon, and shrimp. These dishes pair with the restaurant's wines, which include bottles from around the world that represent a range of grape varietals and regions.
At Sina Way Chinese Cuisine, diners lift the lids of bamboo steamers to find plump dumplings filled with shrimp or bok choy simmered in garlic sauce. Choosing from an extensive list of house specials—including traditional and non-traditional dishes such as lo mein, mongolian beef, and peanut butter chicken—customers can create a family-size dinner with egg rolls and soup to feed their clan or their third and fourth heads. Sina's full bar features a selection of wine, domestic, and imported beers to accompany appetizers and entrees.
Replete with its own sandy beach, swimming area, and grilled cuisine, Linoma Beach Bar affords a casual haunt for midsummer revelry. Fuel up for a game of beach volleyball with a bratwurst and pickled baby sweet peppers cradled in a soft hoagie ($7), or replenish after an exhausting afternoon of full-contact sunbathing with a symphonic simple salad, with grilled chicken, romaine, and garden lettuce in a zesty champagne-and-raspberry vinaigrette ($6). Appetizers and small plates ($1.50–$6), along with the whole menu, are seasonal and can include Asian-inspired summer rolls, which consist of shrimp, scallions, and cilantro and are served with a peanut dipping sauce, and grilled corn on the cob with toppings. The beach is open seven days a week, and the kitchen is open Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Granite City Food & Brewery, a casual family restaurant founded by hospitality experts, has an on-site brewery and a menu stuffed with more steak, seafood, pasta, flatbread pizza, burger, and sandwich options than Abe Lincoln had dollar bills stuffed in his top hat. Gourmet pub-grub appetizers and many other generously portioned dishes are listed alongside the beers that bring out their flavors. The intoxicating taste of the inebriated vodka mussels ($12.99) is suggested alongside Northern Light––a light creamy beer––and the juicy, tender meatiness of a 14-ounce New York strip ($25.99) is advised along with Brother Benedict’s bock––a brownish German-style lager. Others among Granite City Food & Brewery's six specialty brews are the Irish-style Broad Axe stout, known for its nose of roasted chocolate and coffee notes, and Duke Of Wellington, an IPA with muscle-bound malt character and a deep-seated dislike of Napoleon.