Ye Ole Butcher Shop's daily menu has boasted a lineup of delectable burgers and down-home barbecue eats since 1974. Kick off comestible expeditions with a buffalo burger, in which cheese, tomatoes, onion, and pickle form a leaning tower of flavor atop a freshly ground buffalo patty ($5.99), or gobble down a turkey burger for a heart-healthy meal or a Thanksgiving warm-up ($5.99). A plate loaded with an offering of barbecue chicken, ribs, links, or sausages and two sides of ranch beans, potato salad, coleslaw, or macaroni salad helps pacify growling belly beasts ($8.99). The weekday specials offer anything from wild hog and 12-point-buck burgers ($5.99) to rib eyes and fries ($8.99), great for carnivorous appetites and meat-powered robots.
Heaping portions of classic Italian favorites slake appetites at Paesano's. Crispy pizzas topped with a choice of toppings are served along with steamy bowls of pasta and cocoa-dusted tiramisu. Seafood, veal, and juicy cuts of steak make entree decisions difficult, and a full bar and a wine list complement dishes. The staff shares three decades of experience, which they call upon to expertly dispatch a menu of onsite or catered meals.
Instead of trays, waiters at Brazilian Cowboy Steakhouse & Grill carry swords that skewer such offerings as top sirloin, garlic picanha, grilled pineapple, and bacon-wrapped chicken, chauffeuring the slabs directly to tables where diners can indicate their preferred cuts. As the mesquite-grilled meats circulate throughout the room, customers can load the remaining space on their plates with the cheese bread, beans and rice, fried bananas, and salads that fill the restaurant’s full buffet. An easy-listening band headlines Brazilian Cowboy's stage each Friday and Saturday, and the concert’s addition of music to the meaty masquerade creates an atmosphere reminiscent of that at a butcher-school prom.
Led by pillar of the Plano community Fortino Trujillo, the quick-handed team at Tino's Too simmers and sizzles a menu of hand-rolled enchiladas, all-day weekend breakfast, and menudo and caldo every day. The Tino's Special ($10.25) leaves no cornerstone of quick Mexican cuisine unturned with a beef enchilada, deluxe taco, tamale, and a host of fixings, whereas the chimichanga's deep-fried flour tortilla bursts with beef or chicken topped with sour cream and veggies ($8.10). Tender chicken works together with onions and peppers to provide a protective layer between eager tongues and the sizzling skillet that hosts the fajitas ($12.25).
To reach their table at Spaghetti Warehouse, guests commonly have to step through two doors: the front door of the restaurant and the door of the antique trolley parked inside. Since its inception in 1972, the Italian eatery has merged the functions of kitchen and museum. Artifacts such as grandfather clocks, factory flywheels, and circus billboards surround diners as they delve into signature plates of 15-Layer Lasagna or hand-rolled meatballs. Apart from the items they've amassed, each of the buildings also has a particular history, from the one-time ice-manufacturing plant in Columbus to Memphis's Civil War munitions depot. Given their storied pasts, it's no surprise that several of these venues house their own ghosts—at Houston's warehouse, for example, elevator lights have been known to flicker, objects are mysteriously found in new locations, and a lady in a white gown is said to roam the restaurant.
Yet the main attraction of the place is the delicious food. Like any great Italian meal, made-from-scratch dishes are created from family recipes passed down for generations via email. Guests devour the perfectly al dente pasta, crispy calamari, bottomless soups, and 12-layer chocolate cakes while dining with family and friends. It’s that feeling of togetherness that people love about Spaghetti Warehouse, a feeling that is only enhanced when the drinks start flowing and the air is punctuated by the sounds of laughter as kids play retro games, such as The Claw prize-grabbing machine.