Alvarado's Mexican Food's menu boasts over 24 combination plates of authentic Mexican fare prepared fresh daily. Pairs or quartets of diners can charter cheese dip and salsa from plate to mouth with an order of chips, then dive fork-first into a pair of stuffed chilies doused in red sauce or a mixed-fajita trio with chicken, beef, and shrimp. Tacos can scarcely contain the wealth of beef, chicken, or fish they envelop, and a pair of burritos hides precious beef from the eyes of hungry tablemates and government satellites. Diners can order through the drive-thru 24 hours a day or sidle up to the dining area to down comestibles with a soft drink and watch TV or enjoy free WiFi.
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Rising Roll dishes out tasty lunch fare, earning recognition as a best buy from Zagat. Sink your teeth into paninis, melts, and gourmet wraps. The Mad Italian layers salami, pepperoni, ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato, and Italian dressing on a toothsome boule, croissant, or wrap with a side of red-skin-potato salad, pasta salad, or coleslaw. Vegetarians will delight at the pesto portabella, a combination of marinated grilled portabella, crumbled goat cheese, roasted red peppers, and pesto. A selection of salads, such as the Maui (crisp romaine, grilled chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, mandarin oranges, and chopped pecans), provides carb-free eats for diners restricted by diets and devout bowling leagues.
At Krazy Buffalo's, it's not enough to make the decision to order wings. You also have to decide between three dozen sauces, which range from spicy (hot parmesan) to sweet (honey onion) to savory (garlic pepper). The rest of its menu is as varied as its sauce selection—other specialties include philly sandwiches with your choice of meat and bubble-tea smoothies in flavors such as mango-peach-banana. Diners can also opt for fresh fruit sundaes, the best way to get kids to eat their fruit apart from putting it inside candy wrappers.
Flanked by rustic stone columns and carved lions, 5 Seasons Brewing's entrance looks like the secluded front to a Napa Valley villa, belying its cozy atmosphere and community-focused mission to provide tasty, affordable food and drink. Founded by chef David Larkworthy—son of a pioneering advocate of using organic food in restaurants—Five Seasons Brewing carries its commitment to community to its ingredients, cooking with a cornucopia of regularly shifting local produce from a gaggle of affiliated farms. The menu features such fusion dishes as crispy alligator served with a blackened chili glaze and Remoulade. At tables, guests dig in to home-baked bread, whose warm crust exudes tangy scents from the brewery's spent beer grain.
In the towering tanks that skirt the pub, brewmaster Kevin McNerney creates a kaleidoscopic selection of unique small-batch beers. The cofounder of flagship Georgia brewer SweetWater, McNerney brings two decades of experience to his craft, making refreshing brews such as the Chug Monkey and turning to ancient Belgian traditions to make his crisp, orange-infused witbier.
Robert Gayle, the executive chef at and owner of Chef Rob's Caribbean Cafe & Upscale Lounge, combines his Caribbean background with a Culinary Institute of America education, gathering flavors from around the world to refine a menu of island comfort fare. After spending his childhood in Jamaica and the West Indies, Chef Rob relocated to the United States and began to develop his culinary lobe at age 13 by working as a steward in Brooklyn. His skills and prestige steadily increased over time, allowing him to eventually open P. Diddy's Atlanta venture, Justin's Restaurant, in 1997 and prepare meals for such celebrities as Jennifer Lopez and Akon. Chef Rob's mental rolodex includes recipes for curried goat, dry-rubbed spare ribs, and his signature spicy jerk seasoning, which he massages into mesquite-grilled chicken. For lighter nighttime fare, diners can convene in the newly opened Chef Rob's Upscale Lounge for hookah, top-shelf cocktails, satisfying tapas, and signature wines. The contemporary furniture completes the swanky atmosphere.