The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).
With dish monikers inspired by the Hollywood legend who gives the restaurant its name, the menu at Bogarts stars a tasty cast of classic American eats. Mouths will roll out the red carpet for meal previews, such as fried pickles ($5) or shrimp jammers ($6.50), fried shrimp stuffed with gooey jack cheese. Next, feast on features including The Queen, a 10-ounce ground Angus steak served with garlic toast and a choice of side ($9), or fill a sandwich trap with the Maltese Falcon, a boneless, skinless chicken breast topped with your choice of mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, or tomato, and encrusted with priceless jewels ($6.75).
The knowledgeable staff at Heroes & Dragons unveils an eye-popping array of previously owned fiction and fantasy collectables that stretches across a 12,000-square-foot facility. More than 5,000 toys ($2+) vie for countless hours of playtime, including G.I. Joes that defend American soil, Jedi knights that settle intergalactic disputes, and Transformers that clutter fast-food drive-thrus. Superhero action figures spanning the past 40 years of fictional crime fighting ($12 average) occupy shelves in their original packaging, and their literary counterparts grace the pages of more than 100,000 back-issue comics ($2–$10).
Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives featured Pawleys Front Porch, as did WLTX-19 and The State. Free Times honored the eatery with the Best Hamburger award as part of its Best of Columbia 2010 - Writer's Picks list. Yelpers and seven TripAdvisors give it an average of 3.5 stars and 3.5 owl eyes, respectively, and more than 1,000 Facebookers are fans.
It was 1926 at the Kaufman County fair. A large crowd gathered around a small stand, where Adelaida Cuellar stood passing homemade tamales and chili into outstretched hands. The high demand for her recipes continued after the fair grounds were emptied, and soon after, Adelaida opened a small café, Mama’s Kitchen, with the help of her 12 children. In 1940, five of her sons moved the eatery to another location in Dallas, re-christening it El Chico, which means, “the five sons that opened their mother’s restaurant in a new place”. More locations soon followed, with close to one hundred now in operation. And, just like Adelaida, the El Chico team spent some time passing out their specialties from a stand when they fed a crew of local volunteers on an episode of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
At El Chico, Adelaida’s recipes still appear on the menu, from the spicy enchiladas with chili con carne sauce to the mexican apple pie with mexican brandy butter sauce and cinnamon ice cream. El Chico also has its own signature line of dishes called Top Shelf, which includes fajitas and quesadillas.
Close your eyes and pretend you're enjoying a fine olive oil, and the first flavor notes to come to mind probably won't be blood orange and chipotle. Likewise, ask for something to put on top of your ice cream, and you probably won't expect someone to hand you a bottle of balsamic vinegar. But at The Crescent Olive, neither ingredient follows the rules. “People don’t really know what to expect until they come in the store,” owner Mike Easler told told The State newspaper. “The fun part about our store is you get to come in and taste everything we have.”
Mike and his wife, Charlotte, oversee a seasonal roster of gourmet oils and aged balsamic vinegars imported from around the globe, including Spain, Portugal, and Italy. Visitors stop by and test the goods with breads and, yes, even ice cream, before selecting their favorites from the stainless-steel containers that populate the shop. Once that happens, Mike fills up bottles of up to 750 milliliters for customers to take home or to toss to an ex-flame who's leaning out of a moving train.