The culinary fusionists at Yanni's Grill & Vineyards meld vivacious flavors of Greek and Italian cuisine in cozy rooms adorned with murals and sparkly white lights. Peruse a bilingual dinner menu, and untangle hunger pains over uncomplicated plates of buttery garlic knots ($3.95/10 pieces). Sip carafes of wine while servers engage in culinary pyrotechnics with flaming plates of signature saganaki ($5.95). Yanni's signature penne careens down throat canals, gliding along thanks to a tomato-cream sauce and accompanied by sidecars of sweet peas, mushrooms, and ham ($12.95). The chef's coastal lineup of fresh fish ($15.95–$17.95) tempts seafaring folks, who may jump back on shore at the sight of the signature steak Deburgo and its 10-ounce crown of beef medallions bejeweled in wine, mushroom, and basil sauce.
Catering to sports fans and dining delegates, Sam’s Bar has been slinging king-sized helpings of both since opening its doors in 2010. Sam’s menu perfects bite-sized treats by offering barroom favs like jalapeño poppers ($7.95), a pound of wings ($8.95) and breaded dill pickle spears ($6.95). It’s tough to celebrate team championships and lunar drag racing victories without sharing pizza and Sam’s plentiful pies are sliced up with tantalizing toppings ranging from Italian sausage to red onion (12” cheese for $12 with $1 additional per topping). Attending to the attention demands of buns, the bar and grill slips an impressive array of treats between needy breads, like the hand-breaded pork tenderloin sandwich ($8.95). Those looking to sit down and tuck a napkin into their collar, will revel in Sam’s entrée menu, featuring steaks and chicken, but also the house specialty, Cavatelli ($9.95) and features pasta smothered in homemade sauce, baked to cheesy perfection. Aiming to please parched palettes, Sam’s also offers a full bar and fire hose for quenching dusty drink holes.
Located along scenic Copper Creek Lake, Bella Italia satisfies both eyes and appetites with classic Italian pastas and piping-hot pizzas and calzones. Diners inaugurate meals by proposing the marriage of taste buds to flavor with a crunchy order of mozzarella sticks ($5.99). Pastas such as the fettuccini alfredo with chicken ($12.99) cosset mouths with homemade sauce silkier than the Olympic ribbon-dancing tryouts.
Planet Sub sidesteps the flavorless land mines of days-old bread, opting for filling-packed subs and sandwiched meaty delights. The menu offers signature subs to sate hungering masses, such as the bacon-bolstered mega roast beef ($5.49/$8.99) and the Planet BBQ, a saucy concoction stacked with ham, turkey, and roast beef ($4.49/$7.99). Vegetarian options abound, so meat abstainers can try the spicy cheese sub ($4.79/$8.19) or the Pesto Bello, which is loaded with portobello mushrooms, red peppers, and a tomato-garlic pesto as smooth and suave as an Italian R & B crooner ($5.19/$8.79).
Throughout the year, shipments of live crawfish arrive at Fat Tuesday's doorstep. Newspapers spread across tables, customers pull up their sleeves, and baskets of boiled crawfish and corn arrive from the kitchen before the crack of snapping shells resounds through the restaurant. Accompanying the meal is a variety of drinks such as sweet tea and lemonade, and beers such as Blackened Voodoo and Abita.
In between their regular crawfish boils, the kitchen crew members whip up what they refer to as a "small but mighty" daily menu of Cajun specialties. Cooks layer poboys with fried alligator, oysters, and catfish, and pots of seafood gumbo and crawfish étouffée simmer on stovetops. Plates pair with Cajun craft beers beneath glimmering purple, yellow, and green streamers throughout the New Orleans–themed dining room. Testing their patrons’ stomach capacities, the chefs challenge them to the occasional poboy-eating contest. The contestants must polish off a 2-foot-long poboy within 40 minutes while simultaneously whistling the sous chef's favorite blues song.
When the owners first laid eyes on the 117-year-old house that would later become Capital Pub and Hot Dog, they viewed it as an opportunity to accomplish a long-lived goal rather than as an archaic, dilapidated building. Today, the once-condemned structure stands completely renovated and now serves as a dining hotspot where neighborhood regulars furnish their bellies with 100%-all-beef Klement's hot dogs and signature cocktails. The laid-back eatery's 13 Capital Dogs bear such unique toppings as homemade chili, crispy Fritos, and buffalo hot sauce, and its hearty sandwiches punch hunger in the gut with Angus beef, marinated chicken, and american cheese. Headlining a hefty appetizer menu, sweet-potato fries drizzled in honey and accompanied by marshmallow-cream sauce charm taste buds with bites sweeter than love notes written by Oompa Loompas. Capital's sleek, intimate space treats stompers to warm wooden floors that glimmer beneath burnished dining islands and beer-inspired signage.