Above all else, comfort food should taste familiar. Taqueria Taco-Riendo seems to embrace this philosophy wholeheartedly, filling the menu with faithful recreations of Mexican cuisine's best-known staples. However, familiarity doesn't make the flavors of chorizo, cilantro, and flour and corn tortillas any less hearty or more likely to share secrets. These ingredients appear throughout the menu, from tacos and tortas to fajitas and quesadillas. The taqueria presents diners with a selection of horchata, lemonade, and other drinks with which to wash down meals.
For more than 25 years, Sudie's has entertained taste receptors seven days a week with Southern home cooking for lunch and dinner. Both menus sprinkle themselves with individuality, but you'll mostly find succulent selections of golden-battered cuisine. Tantalize your watering chops by destroying starters such as the fried green tomatoes ($4.99) and Texas toothpicks, crispy fried slices of jalapeños and onions ($4.99). Once your pre-meal ordeal is complete, move on to Sudie's assortment of seafood, steakfood, and chickenfood. Make the world your waterway with Sudie's catfish connection, boasting an endless supply of all-you-can-eat catfish ($15–$16) served "Sudie's way," with hush puppies, coleslaw, pinto beans, and fries. If you can't eat all you can eat, try a hearty yet hopeful amount of catfish (two 5- to 7-ounce fillets with choice of two sides) in one of three styles: lemon pepper, broiled Cajun, or blackened ($12–$14, flavors vary by location). If hunger has hampered your decision-making skills, opt for the seafood platter ($19–$20), which boasts two catfish fillets, four oysters, four scallops, four fried shrimp, four boiled shrimp, four enthusiastic fist pumps, and one stuffed crab. Sudie's also serves salads, soups, chicken, steak, and the bashfully indecisive chicken-fried steak.
For more than 30 years, Quiznos has toasted its submarine sandwiches to bring out the hidden flavors found in butcher-quality meats, cheese, and artisan breads. Its classic and signature subs take on a variety of shapes, sizes, and styles ranging from the prime rib mushroom and swiss to the classic italian donning black olives, mozzarella, red-wine vinaigrette, and plentiful sliced meats. Those closely monitoring their waistlines can take unabashed bites of sandwiches that have fewer than 500 calories, such as the pork-cuban, honey-bourbon chicken, and veggie-caprese subs. Quiznos' wraps and wide variety of salads offer slimmer versions of sub fare and flaunt supreme aerodynamics when shot out of T-shirt cannons and into mouths. A selection of Flatbreads, soups, and salads round out Quiznos' varied menu.
Inside Original Napoli Italian Restaurant by Papa Zack's bustling kitchen, a team of talented chefs craft house-made pasta before dousing noodles in meat, marinara, alfredo, and clam sauces. This kitchen architects the eatery's "what," but the staff's "how" involves constant, family-friendly friendliness. The culinary experts give chicken the royal treatment, dressing it up in a variety of dishes, including marsala, piccata, parmigiana, and rollatini. Sandwiches and pizza in two crusts round out the Italian-centric menu. The catering leg of the business feeds multicourse meals for at least 10 people or 5 people saving half their meal for their fallout shelter.
Louisiana has a distinct cuisine unlike any other. The self-billed "experts in cajun style family dining" — the Fish Place's kitchen seeks to conquer cravings for Big Easy flavors with a selection of fresh made to order Cajun and Creole-style favorites. French rolls support catfish, shrimp, or chicken doused in remoulade sauce, while plates of blackened seafood are dusted with cajun spices that get tastebuds jumping. The Place's new cajun fried chicken adds to the spicy legacy of other traditional Louisiana plates such as cajun fried chicken, cajun crawfish tails and shrimp etoufee, with pecan pie providing a sweet finish or sweet revenge in the face of a loved one.
With 12 flavors in its blended arsenal, Smoothie Depot's staff blends together fresh fruit to whip up zesty strawfuls of smoothies, allowing customers to select up to three flavors for an all-natural libation. Satisfy sweet-toothed impulses with peanut butter and banana, or send taste buds a zesty shock with the citrusy tastes of orange and pineapple. Those yearning to be as adventurous with smoothie flavors as Leif Erickson was with flavors of snow can create such exciting combinations such as peanut-butter-kiwi or papaya-raspberry. Adorned with television and comfy couches, Smoothie Depot’s lounge offers a relaxing place for customers to sip on their nutritional nectars.