Tex-Mex incorporates waves of warm cheese and a chipotle spiciness not found in Baja Mexican cuisine, which has also become popular in the United States. The chefs at La Fiesta Mexican Restaurant tap into the former’s tradition of piquant decadence when crafting fajitas, hot skillets filled with gooey jack cheese and chorizo, and steaks cooked to order. Inside the colorful dining room, frozen mango margaritas complement the bright hues of nachos rancheros crowned with grilled steak and loaded with toppings, or puerco con salsa roja, tender pork marinated in a red sauce and served with rice, beans, and tortillas. A range of imported Mexican beers the color of filtered sunshine or a gold sarcophagus that you didn’t read the washing instructions on cut the spice from the rest of the dishes.
More than four decades of family-style recipes guide the chefs at Freddie's Steak House as they light up taste buds with steaks and traditional Lebanese fare. Diners delve into the meal's first act with an order of signature stuffed mushrooms, filled with cream-cheese garlic stuffing and topped with cheese. Patrons can use steak knives to carve treasure maps into hand-cut portions of rib-eye steaks, served with a relish tray of hummus, salad, or tabouli, as well as a choice of two sides. Each table nestles up to a scenic view of Keystone Lake, providing visual fodder for midmeal contemplation. Boaters can dock their vessels nearby and come inside to dine or to recruit grizzled seadogs for an expedition into a bandit's lair.
Manned by experienced chef Jaime Hobart, Manhattan Restaurant dishes up a tongue-tantalizing menu of flavorful steaks, seafood, pastas, and more. Pair a fine fermentation from the impressive wine list with the four-cheese and spinach dip accompanied by herbed tortillas ($9.99) or the Manhattan wedge salad shrouded in creamy parmesan dressing and swarming with vine-ripe tomato taxis crossing a busy intersection of Maytag blue-cheese crumbles and savory bacon ($5.99). Like Grecian statues carved from only the purest blocks of feta cheese, Manhattan Restaurant's succulent steaks are culled exclusively from Oklahoma-raised organic beef. The tender filet mignon ($29.99) and the New York strip ($28.99) arrive steaming next to your choice of two sides, such as braised green beans, candied thimbles, parmesan risotto, and mashed potatoes. Tongues tour the sea with salmon ($21.99), sea bass ($24.99), and ahi ($23.99), each of which can be grilled or blackened and bathed in garlic-lemon butter, ginger soy, spicy creole, or chimichurri sauces. Carb cravers can nibble from the pasta selection of creamy fettuccine with champagne alfredo ($12.99), lobster and dream-stuffed ravioli ($15.99), and eight-layer lasagna ($12.69) plump with ricotta, ground beef, sweet italian sausage, and unfulfilled birthday wishes.
Western Sizzlin’s steaksmiths prepare juicy flanks of meat with a signature top-and-bottom searing method that seals in flavor. The chefs also lovingly spice each sirloin, T-bone, and rib eye with GoldDust, a proprietary blend of secret seasonings and a legal tender in 18 states. In addition to gracing tables with fine cuts of flame-brushed beef, Western Sizzlin serves up savory breasts of chicken, delicious skewers of shrimp, and satisfyingly fresh country vegetables.
Diners at Sandite Billiards and Grill devour tender steaks, third-pound burgers packed with 100 percent ground beef, and Southern comfort fare and play games on 18 pool tables, arcade machines, and foosball tables. The menu heralds the arrival of appetizers, such as the chili-cheese nachos or hot wings, both of which render fingers messy like high-fives from Jack Kerouac. Diners train their forks on protein-packed 12-ounce rib eyes and 10-ounce fillets swaddled in strips of bacon and served with starch sidecars of fried, baked, or hot potatoes and texas toast. A family-friendly billiard hall, patrons of all ages can pluck Viking, Predator, or Lucasi cues off the wall and direct clacking stripes and solids over blue-felted pool tables or into opponents’ drinks.
Mamadou’s Restaurant satisfies visitors with a robust menu specializing in steak and seafood and boasting a healthy selection of soups, salads, and burgers. Diners can inaugurate the foodie festivities with an order of six crab-stuffed mushrooms topped with melted provolone cheese ($6.99) or opt for fried pickles or fried green beans ($6.99 each) to combine the nutrition of vegetables with the fashionableness of a breading jacket. Burgers and sandwiches such as the half-pound cheeseburger ($5.99), the catfish fillet ($6.99), and the classic turkey-club sandwich ($6.59) all come with seasoned fries, enabling eaters to pretend as though silverware has yet to be discovered. Satiate a desire for turf with an 8-ounce slow-roasted prime rib ($14.99, served Wednesday to Sunday) or for surf with a blackened spicy Cajun catfish ($10.99), or combine seafood and landfood with the steak and shrimp, an 8-ounce sirloin with five grilled shrimp reclining on a soft bed of rice ($21.99). All dinners come with a caesar salad or all-you-can-eat salad bar, a choice of starch, a dinner roll, and the vegetable of the day.
Having trained with chefs throughout the world's top exporter of samba melodies and top importer of World Cups, chef-owner Ana Davis has brought her passion for her native cuisine home to Café do Brasil. Whether they appear for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, visitors may marinate their teeth in the company of shrimp, tilapia, scallops, and Cuervo tequila sauce with the martine ceviche ($8.95) before settling into the ham-and-turkey cultural exchange hosted by the Brasillian mufalleta sandwich ($8.25). Dinner bell first-responders, meanwhile, can try the Brazilian national dish of feijoada, an alluring stew of beans, sausage, and pork that is cooked by repeatedly shouting "Goool!" at it for minutes at a time, then served with collard greens and roasted ground yucca ($19.95). The kitchen sweetens departures with the marachoco-mouse de maracuja, which intertwines flavors of passion fruit and chocolate mousse in a loving, dancerly embrace ($5.75). Café do Brasil's culinary alchemists also conjure a number of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.