A haven of hospitality, Rock Bottom treats sports fans and their fun-loving friends to warm meals, spirit-lifting spirits, and a spiriting stint of darts, pool, and video games. The inviting atmosphere is upstaged only by the tempting menu of burgers ($6.95+), wings ($7.95+), and steaks ($8.95+). Touches of Southern flare can also be found in dishes such as southern fried pickles ($7.75), cajun chicken alfredo ($13.95), and yankee fries ($8.25). Beyond its bounty of tongue-tickling eats, Rock Bottom offers outdoor patio seating, live music on Friday and Saturday nights, and free casual yet confident chest-bumps daily.
Steak-Out prepares and delivers slabs of protein sustenance secured from 100% grain-fed American cattle. All entrees —such as the 8-ounce filet mignon ($18.75) and the 8-ounce grilled chicken-breast filet ($11.50)—are escorted across the plate by a salad, a roll, and a choice of a buttered and sourly creamed baked potato or garlic mashed potatoes. Spouses of sand-dwelling warlocks, including the sirloin steak sandwich ($7.95), carry extra baggage consisting of cheese, chips, and condiments. Desserts, such as a slice of the New York–style cheesecake ($4.50) or an oatmeal-raisin cookie ($1.59 for two), assist in smoothly transitioning imbibers into postmeal naps. Mini mouths can gnaw on a kids' meal featuring a palate-pleasing cheeseburger ($3.75) or chicken nuggets ($3.75).
Mamma Nem’s has dedicated 159 years to satiating diners with an elegant southern-inspired menu, a soul-stirring cornucopia of cuisine drawn from Creole, South Carolina, and deep-south cooking traditions. Sink incisors into robust sandwiches such as slow-simmered pork festooned with jalapeno cole slaw and O’Neal’s signature barbecue sauce ($8) or a fried-green-tomato BLT ($7) that, for once, isn’t just a VHS copy of Fried Green Tomatoes smothered in lettuce and mayonnaise. Smoked barbecue chicken ($11) gives formidable bibs a run for their money, and Mareo’s jerk chicken ($10) casts off its aggressive reputation to play nice with sensitive taste buds. Dinner dishes are escorted by Mamma’s homemade cornbread and any two savory sides, such as fried okra, black-eyed peas, and collard greens, whereas equally hearty breakfast and brunch platters include Big Momma’s pork chops and grits ($10).
Gail’s Down the Street Cafe triggers palate nostalgia six days a week with an ever-changing line up of four distinct, piping-hot lunch specials served with a multitude of Southern-style sides. Meaty entrees include such down-home staples as a juicy fried pork chop and a succulent hamburger steak smothered in a small lake of gravy and onions. Diners can pair their choice of entree with three fresh and filling vegetable sides ($8). A rotating smorgasbord of vegetables includes homemade coleslaw, cream-style corn, squash casserole, and thickly sliced tomatoes—all of which can be matched up in a plated quadrangle ($7). Seafaring mouths can set hook the grilled salmon or fried catfish fillet and reel in the navy beans before heading out to a scheduled debate with a wall-mounted bass. Bathe in the battered glory of specialty fried green tomatoes, or indulge sweet teeth with strawberry shortcake, banana pudding, and other decadent desserts ($2.50 each).
Located in the historic Cloverdale Village, Roux recently opened its modern, art-filled space to serve traditional Southern comfort dishes and New Orleans–inspired seafood for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Prince Edward Island mussels ($19.50) crowned with Pernod sauce rub crustacean elbows with roasted new potatoes and braised leeks with saffron and fresh thyme. The Gulf shrimp po boy ($10) smuggles cornmeal-crusted gulf shrimp between french bread pieces under the cover of homemade coleslaw and a rémoulade sauce, and the Prime Roux burger ($12) combines grilled Meyer ranch beef with smoked onion jam, house-cured bacon, and a choice of cheeses without the use of nuclear fusion. Sunday brunch pleases with eggs benedict ($10.50) dressed up in an avocado purée and hollandaise sauce accompanied by smoked bacon. Cap a feast with a bite of bananas foster ($5.50) or sweet-potato-pecan pie ($5.50).
Deli fare, comfort food, and fresh seafood dishes coexist harmoniously inside Ruddles Pub and Grill's four-walled menu. Pub mainstays such as buffalo wings ($8.95), burgers ($9), and fried shrimp po’ boys ($9.50) tingle flavor receptors, while an eclectic mix of house specialties, including shrimp and grits ($18) and pecan chicken slathered with a creamy mushroom and artichoke sauce ($16) put shame in the game of Southern-fried knockoffs. Meanwhile, maritime munchers can wrap fins around a variety of fresh gulf seafood dishes, such as sautéed tilapia ($17) and crab cakes with a remolade sauce ($15). Groupon-holders can also take advantage of daily drink specials such as $2 Miller Lite drafts and $2 martinis on Wednesdays, wetting throats during heated arguments over where babies come from.