With the Chattanooga location named one of Times Free Press's Best Happy Hour and Best Place to Have a Cold Beer in 2010, draughts and dishes flow freely at both Fanatics Sports Bar & Grill locations, each festooned with a slew of HDTVs, pool tables, and dart boards. Soak up suds with the menu's starters, such as monterey cheddar bacon cheese fries ($6.49), or peck at a platter of philly cheesesteak nachos ($7.99/$12.99). Tangy wing seasonings range from mild spice to insane heat ($7.49+), and buffalo shrimp offers a seaside alternative ($7.99). Bolster belly caverns with the quesadilla burger, a 1/4-pound burger with three types of cheese corralled between two tortillas and topped with salsa and sour cream ($8.99), or dive into the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich ($7.49).
Nino Piccolo grew through adolescence in Sicily, where he acquired the culinary prowess to craft pizzas and pastas from centuries worth of classic Sicilian recipes. At Nino's Italian Restaurant, his dishes remain true to that cultural and familial tradition, stressing the importance of authenticity by drawing on ingredients imported from Italy and specialty cheeses imported from the moon. The salsiccia entree exemplifies Old-World tastes with fresh-ground italian sausage slow-cooked in tomato-basil sauce squeezed from fresh, vine-ripened fruit, and the Nonna entree, nicknamed "Grandma's pasta," edges out hunger with rigatoni under eaves of sweet, roasted peppers, pancetta, and capers. A façade of windowpanes allows natural light to fall upon red-and-white-checked tablecloths and a painting of a sunrise tinged with teal and yellow. Tabletop lamps illuminate plates and add dramatic flair to ghost stories indoors, whereas Mother Nature brightens an outdoor patio humming with ceiling fans.
The chefs at Fuji Japanese Steak & Sushi dazzle diners with virtuosic hibachi cooking that takes place on tableside teppanyaki grills. As guests watch, flames lap at filet mignon, salmon, and calamari before the bounty gravitates toward outstretched plates. Dozens of specialty rolls also grace palates, from the Under Control roll stocked with spicy tuna and shrimp tempura to the Ocean roll of shredded lobster and spicy mayo surrounded by snow crab and eel sauce. Wood paneling adorns one wall in the dining room and another is composed of interlocking rectangles of colorful patterns. Guests can also unwind beneath the bar's cylindrical overhead light fixtures, where they cheer for and shout stock tips at the millionaire athletes displayed on an HDTV.
Freshly baked using all-natural ingredients, the confectionary creations look almost too beautiful?or too downright adorable?to eat. Many of the desserts such as the thin-mint cupcakes and red-velvet cake are daubed with Sweet Knead's signature homemade frosting, which comes in flavors including german chocolate, cream cheese, strawberry, and pink champagne.
Hearty Maine lobster rolls, whole-belly clams, and plates of haddock lend Peppermint Patty's a dose of East Coast charm. The culinary team draws on Southern traditions, too, with fried catfish and gator bites?an alligator-meat version of chicken nuggets. And Peppermint Patty's adds original flavors to dishes with its homemade sides, which include salads and coleslaw, as well as clam chowder and other soups.