Inside Picanha Brazilian Grill, diners sit back as waiters slice endless amounts of freshly grilled meats at the table. The meat masters roast the tender tidbits over a charcoal grill, ensuring each cut retains its natural juice and flavor before slicing it tableside until visitors' carnivorous cravings have been sated. As waiters ration off beef sirloin, ribs, pork, chicken, and sausage, mouths water, crying at the thought of the meal's end. Each rodizio meal also includes selections from the hot food bar, such as fried bananas, rice, beans, and polenta, as well as verdant greens and fresh fruits from the salad bar. Although not included in today's meal, guest eaters can moisten palates with one of the Brazilian tropical fruit juices and smoothies or bring their favorite brew or grape juice to the BYOB establishment.
Fat Jack's BBQ?s proprietor Glenn Gross has always been passionate about barbecue. Starting at the age of 11, Glenn manned the grill at family cookouts, fine-tuning his technique and flavors over the years. He eventually brushed aside career paths in dentistry and music to claim his favorite job title?pitmaster.
In order to develop the combination of meats, rubs, and sauces that Fat Jack?s uses to this day, in the early ?90s, Glenn traveled to the nation's barbecue meccas?Texas, the Carolinas, Kansas City, and Memphis. He learned how to create dishes such as Carolina pulled pork, St. Louis?style ribs, and Texas beef brisket. Now, his rich blends of spice rubs and notes of smoke have won him more than 200 national and local awards including being winner of Burger Brawl 2013 - Best Burger in Philly, 3rd overall Best Burger in the World Food Championships, and being featured on Destination America's BBQ Pitmasters.
Benny the Bum's 19-year-old local establishment offers an extensive menu of fresh seafood dishes that range from raw-bar specialties to pastas. Chefs arrange massive platters of steamed crabs, shrimp, and clams along with garlic sauce and potatoes, and pots of housemade chowder and creamy crab soups bubble on the stove. Servers tote plates and glasses of colorful cocktails into spacious dining rooms, where glittery silver pillars, nautical knickknacks, and flat-screen televisions catch the eyes of patrons seated at booths and tabletops. A lively, well-established local joint, Benny's was lauded by actor and Philadelphia native Bradley Cooper as his favorite restaurant in the city.
A sea of red and white floods The Crazy Leprechaun Bar & Grill during the spring and summer, only to switch to midnight green, black, and silver throughout fall and winter. Whether the Phillies or the Eagles take the field, The Crazy Leprechaun broadcasts every game for win-hungry fans and sates their matching appetites with hearty appetizers and entrees, such as buffalo wings, rib-eye steaks, and jumbo lump crab-cakes hurled at 90mph from behind the bar. On certain nights, the kitchen piles up all-you-can-eat portions of fresh snow crab, matched with mugs of beers and plenty of karaoke and live music.
The chefs at Muscle Maker Grill put a healthy spin on flavorful dishes inspired by Italian, Asian, American, and southwestern cuisines. The chain was founded in 1995 by Rod Silva, a fitness enthusiast who grew weary of fast-food eateries that bogged customers down with unhealthy morsels and toys sculpted from butter. What began as a smoothie stand has expanded into a successful franchise that slings pastas, burgers, salads, and Tex-Mex–style wraps, and proudly displays the calorie content and relationship status of each dish on the menu.
The plate-filling prodigies at Bobby G's craft a menu packed with hearty Southern fare and slow-cooked barbecue eats. Patrons can order a rack of succulently smoked ribs ($17.99 full, $9.99 half) or a dozen buffalo wings ($7.99) to relish a bone-picking chew-a-thon while absorbing nutrients and superpowers through their fingertips. The half chicken and ribs platter ($11.99)—which is accompanied by a choice of side dish, such as collard greens, coleslaw, or barbecue beans—helps individuals fill stomach vacancies. Families or a famished Janus can feast on a Meal Deal, such as the Family Pack #1 ($19.99), which showcases 2 pounds of pulled pork, six rolls, and a 2-liter bottle of soda.