Nestled within a red-brick family home built in 1893, Smedley Manor slow-cooks meat in the original onsite smokehouse, where flavorful tendrils of smoke ascend from flame-kissed cherry and apple wood. Barbecue masters conduct a daily 14-hour meat-preparation process to yield tender morsels for menu items such as the cheese-filled beef-brisket quesadillas ($5.99) served with sour cream and house-made salsa. Bites of pork ribs ($13.99/half rack; $19.99/full) fall right off the bone without coaxing or court orders and come with homestyle sides such as baked macaroni and cheese. Toothsome rib meat also finds its way into sandwiches ($8.99) assembled from locally made bread and enhanced with sausage and coleslaw and a choice of sauce such as honey barbecue or raspberry chipotle. Swigs of Shock Top ($5) or Mug root beer ($2.25) wash it all down. Smedley Manor's historic interior transports visitors to the 19th century via rich hardwood floors, a Utah-marble fireplace, and napkins made from Mark Twain's trademark white suits.
The potation crafters at Beans & Brews Coffee House whip up hot and cold beverages from perk-proffering coffee beans, relaxing tea leaves, and sweet decaf alternatives. Hot coffee drinks, such as the cappuccino ($3.60 for 12 oz.) or eye-opener brew ($2.80 for 12 oz.) gently jolt the brain awake with mountain-roasted goodness, and the dulcet notes of iced chai ($4.10 for 16 oz.) and B&B frappes ($4.05 for 16 oz.) cool off summer-scorched palates with their sweet, icy taste. Roasters get the most out of each coffee bean with Beans & Brews’ trademark high-altitude roasting, which imparts each batch of grounds with a smooth flavor that, like an angst-riddled teddy bear, maintains a high level of complexity.
Philly's Cheesesteaks and More outfits diners' digits with elaborate handheld creations including sandwiches, quesadillas, and personal pizzas. White, wheat, or parmesan bread cradles each harmonic blend of fixings in specialties sandwiches, such as the tandoori chicken with olives, onions, and provolone cheese ($5.95+) or the grilled eggplant zucchini sub ($5.95+). Sesame-glazed chicken or beef sandwiches unite green onions and tomatoes in a blanket of teriyaki sauce ($5.95+), and the philly steak attacks ravenous appetites with a swiss-cheese-laden smorgasbord of onions, peppers, mushrooms, and homestyle steak ($5.95). Unique and eclectic toppings frolic atop personal pizzas, such as the barbecue chicken pizza ($4.95), or cower behind the tortilla arms of the shrimp-pesto quesadilla ($4.95) bubbling over with mozzarella for a taste more surprising than digging up a time capsule filled with pictures of your future self burying a time capsule.
Before he opened Zabiha Grill, Farukh Qazi was executive chef at Bombay Palace, where he served stars such as Dolly Parton and George Michael. But you don't have to be a celebrity to get great food at Zabiha Grill, where Chef Farukh now crafts his Indian barbecue. Every bite here is Halal, from the butter chicken to the lamb korma curry to the kebabs pulled fresh from the tandoor, and a hearty selection of meat-free options quells vegetarian stomach rumblings. Amidst all the menu's samosas, curries, and tandoor-baked specialties, some American classics peek out. These include fried chicken, fresh-cut french fries, and baseballs filled with apple pie.
Lenny’s Sub Shop opened in suburban Memphis in 1998 with a simple mission: to bring authentic philly cheesesteaks to the south. The hot sandwich’s swiss cheese, grilled onions, and tasty beef drew in so many hungry patrons that the owners were able to open several locations nationwide. Today, they continue to dole out their signature philly as well as several other hot and cold subs topped with chicken salad, meatballs, roast beef, and turkey. The staff slices sandwich fillings fresh with each order, piling a half pound of meat and cheese on regular-size subs and a full pound onto large subs.