The Back Yard Burgers story begins more than 25 years ago in the small town of Cleveland, Mississippi. It was here in 1987 that Lattimore Michael first began making homemade burgers in his grocery store. Before he knew it, the popularity of his burgers began to skyrocket, and a year later Lattimore was able to open the flagship Back Yard Burgers location. Fast forward to present day, and the crew at each Back Yard Burgers still serves up 100% North American Black Angus beef burgers and sandwiches cooked to order. They charbroil signature creations such as the barbecue bacon cheeseburger, a 1/3-pound patty topped with hickory-smoked bacon, american cheese, and barbecue sauce, as well as signature chicken sandwiches. Angus beef chili and 100% beef hot dogs round out the menu, complemented by hand-dipped shakes and malts just like grandma used to make and grandpa used to hide in his underwear drawer.
Martin Hernandez grew up with 14 siblings in the city of San Miguel de Allende in central Mexico. That's where their community taught them the importance of family and hard work, but no one more so than their mother. She created flavorful, fresh meals for the family, never cutting any corners. As the owner of Primas Mexican Grill, Martin has the chance to recreate not only the homemade meals, but also the festive family atmosphere at his restaurant.
Along with a talented staff, Martin pays homage to his mother with traditional Mexican house specialties: pico de gallo, smothered carnitas, fish tacos, and fajitas, to name a few. But the menu doesn't adhere strictly to south-of-the-border fare. There are also American favorites such as burgers and steak served with fries.
The cooks at Maru Sushi & Grill prepare pan-Asian feasts such as Springfield-style cashew chicken, drawing from the cuisine of Japan, China, Thailand, and beyond. Diners clasp sushi rolls loaded with crab, lobster, and mango, which, according to News-Leader.com, are served on a "cast-iron plate that sits atop flames." The sushi and sashimi at Maru is present with beautiful combinations of texture and design. Patrons wash down meals with a selection of drinks that includes Japanese beers, sake, and soju.
Li'l Rizzo's Italian Restaurant unites two popular experiences: eating delicious Italian food and rooting for your favorite team. It's no surprise, then, that the restaurant-slash-sports-bar tends to get crowded on game night. Aside from Italian staples such as lasagna and tortellini alfredo, Li'l Rizzo's specializes in creative pizzas topped with creamy spinach dip and chicken. The award-winning wings aren't to be missed, nor are the beers from local breweries such as Schlafly and Boulevard.
Weezie’s fashion-forward staff frequently replenishes their rotating selection of name-brand swaddling with new and gently used garments by designers such as Diesel, Prada, and Ralph Lauren. Assembled out of overstock from Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, and other high-end boutiques, Weezie's threads don discounted price tags that are up to 90% off their retail value. Tops and shirts from Fluxus shroud torsos in casual attire ($19.99), and shorts by Seven for All Mankind allow wearers to flaunt gams on warm summer outings ($55). Ladies can carry their personal items in style within a Coach purse ($39+), or drop subtle hints to their commitment-fearing boyfriends by donning a designer-made wedding dress ($150+).
Double E's founders, brothers Kevin and Shannon, wanted to build more than a restaurant—they wanted to create a community hub where families could dine together or pop in for a quick treat. Given this vision, its no surprise to see the wives of the brothers scooping out ice-cream sundaes or sister Carol in the back cooking up famous cherry and chocolate fried pies created by her father, Papa Joe.Their hearty menu includes classic offerings such as meaty burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and chicken philly cheesesteaks. The cooks also get creative and heap inventive toppings such as crunchy Fritos and bacon onto deep-fried hot dogs. And those who wander in on Friday nights can treat themselves to what is perhaps Double E's most famous offering—heaps of golden-fried, American farm-raised catfish.
But beyond the plethora of tasty meal options, Double E's menu also comes with a challenge: if a guest finishes their 1.5-pound burger—topped with all the fixings—and 1.5 pounds of fries in less than 30 minutes, it's on the house. And for those who still have room after their all-American meal, staffers at the ice-cream bar concoct tempting banana splits and other frozen treats topped with whipped cream, cherries, or shrunken snowman heads.