The cooks at Chubby’s Chicken & Grill pride themselves on doing up whole and half chickens however their guests would like—grilled, fried, or seared with laser vision. But they don’t stop at just chicken. Inside the casual eatery, guests can dig into hearty, home-style eats such as fried pickles, fried green beans, and burgers. On game nights, they pile in for domestic and imported brews and to cheer for their favorite polo horse, and on Tuesdays, they dig into all-you-can-eat catfish feasts.
When owner Jim Loggin opened Chicory and Chives as a country comfort-food diner, he began with just a few Cajun items. Over time, the aromas of buttery country goodness and Cajun spices soaked into the clothes of passersby, igniting cravings for the two-headed fare each time they donned their favorite passing-by sweaters. Comfort items such as fresh-ground, handmade burgers ($4.99–$8.59) and fried or blackened catfish ($8.49–$8.79) are popular palate pleasers, but the Cajun dishes are the diner's objet d'art. Today's Groupon will fill both of your stomachs and keep your wallet full with Cajun specialties like the shrimp or crawfish etouffee ($8.49), a rich medley of fresh seafood swathed in a buttery Cajun gravy served over rice with cheesy bread, a side salad, and seasonal vegetable. Chicory and Chives also offers hearty gumbo, soups, salads, po' boys, and wraps.
After a series of kitchen experiments, Jake Wigley finally did it: he created the perfect chili to top Nathan’s brand all-beef hot dogs. Today, Jake rises bright and early each and every day to create and re-create his hard-earned recipe from scratch for his menu of regionally inspired coneys. He piles the Carolina with chili and coleslaw, slathers the Western with the perfect balance of barbecue sauce and cheese, and constructs the classic, famous coney with chili, mustard, and enough onions to make a statue cry. Aside from Nathan’s dogs, Jake also grills brats and ladles chili over spaghetti or directly into bowls for spoon-assisted consumption.
Determined to keep their students interested and engaged, the instructors of Wine and Palette hold classes at myriad locations throughout the city. Each class focuses on a different art piece, be it a painting of a stained-glass window, a multihued owl, or an autumn farm scene. Additionally, each artist brings their own outlook and skills to the class, helping students learn specific brush strokes and how to touch up their daily driver so it looks just like the sheriff’s squad car.
Despite their nomadic tendencies, hot-dog carts are known to show up in the nick of time to crush hunger with bun-filled offerings. The Dog House's carts pop up after concerts and events at Cain's Ballroom, Brady Theater, and Flytrap Music Hall, aiding night owls in need of juicy encased meats. Hungry citizens can operate their own hand shovels to devour tasty franks, including the hot link dog, smothered in mustard and sauerkraut ($4), and the popular Tulsa dog, loaded with mustard, crispy bacon, onions, and peppers, and topped with a spicy-sweet Head Country barbecue sauce ($5). The Seattle dog bathes in a creamy pool of spicy mustard, onions, and cream cheese ($4), and for an extra $1, chips and a soda can be paired with any dog for maximum chowing.
Since the first Johnnie's Charcoal Broiler began making freshly ground hamburgers in 1971, the grill gurus have mastered the art of real charcoal grilling, churning out more than 30,000 meaty spheres each week. Carnivorous canines croon for the hamburger cloaked in chili and cheese ($5.19), and patty purists gawk over the classic cheeseburger topped with Johnnie's signature sauce, mayo, and pickles ($4.79) . The veggie burger ($4.19) is a garden-graced patty with southwestern flair that often finds refuge in a mound of cheese fries ($2.99–$3.99). Johnnie's slices 500 pounds of onions each morning before hand battering the tear-inducing wheels to create one ring to rule them all, or crispy, golden mountains of onion rings to feed hungry hobbits ($2.59+). After an ideal meal, reanimate tired taste buds with the gooey blackberry cobbler ($2.59) or a slice of homemade pecan pie ($1.99).