Using knives, scalpels, and adamantium claws, Twisted Ice's talented ice whisperers transform frozen blocks of filtered Culligan water into snowy swans that easily soak up generous spritzes of aftershave syrup in more than 50 flavors. Orally embrace local legends such as tiger’s blood, pickle juice, and salty lemon ices ($1.50/small, $2.25/medium, $3/large), or eschew old-fashioned sugar with a Splenda-kissed drift of Maui Wowee. Gustatory adventurers can befuddle their senses with the vegetal crunches of a frozen pickle ($1). Crown a shaved-ice concoction queen with drizzles of cream and a garland of ice cream ($0.50 each), or follow the Milky Way to Gandy's ice cream, which can either be enthroned in a cone ($1) or buoyed in frosted root-beer floats ($2.50). Twisted Ice plies its toothsome trade Monday–Saturday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A local staple for 25 years, Diego's Burritos swaddles its simple Mexican menu in a blanket of tender and warm tortillas. While the eatery's burritos ($2 for a regular, additional ingredients are extra) are the biggest sellers, Diego's also serves up a spread of other south-of-the-border eats, including tortas ($3) and tamales ($7.50 for a dozen). In the morning, open wide as a breakfast burrito sends a team of potatoes, sausage, bacon, ham, or chorizo into your mouth to explore each tooth and fertilize tongue buds with eggs (each ingredient is $.25). The guiso burrito, stuffed with beans and cheese, is the favorite fare of repeat feasters, though health-conscious patrons can opt for Diego's wheat-tortilla burrito with turkey bacon and eggs cooked in olive oil ($3.25). Diego's diners are free to feast in the restaurant or take their burritos to-go to fuel backgammon night.
Since 1941, the Dickey family has been churning out Texas-style barbecue and tasty family-style sandwiches, sides, salads, and baked taters. Dickey’s lets customers choose off its menu of USDA-prime meats—all cooked slowly to smoky perfection over a hot-hickory fire-pit every night—including southern pulled pork, tender turkey breast, and Virginia-style ham. Start by slamming a quick cow workout with some sliced-beef brisket on the big barbecue sandwich, served with pickles, onions, and Dickey's famous sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, which took three years, two fist-fights, and one small kitchen fire to develop ($5). Otherwise, go with the Quarter plate, a 1/4-pound of your favorite meat served with pickles, onions, a roll, and two other homestyle sides ($7 total, sides $1.75 each when purchased separately). Choose from options such as fried okra, green beans with bacon, or mac 'n' cheese. Diners with more than one mouth to feed can play hot potato with a giant stuffed baker ($4.50).
Fuentes Cafe's menu simmers, stuffs, and sizzles a tantalizing selection of Tex-Mex dishes. Cooked in trans fat-free oil, the deep-fried catfish tacos come gently nuzzling crisp cabbage, creamy guacamole, and piquant pico de gallo ($8.25). Ravenous taco titans can overtake the super deluxe Mexican plate, a colossus of comestibles that includes a stuffed pepper, a taco, a cheese enchilada, a tamale, beans, rice, and guacamole salad ($10.49). Be kind to waistlines with Fuentes' skinny enchiladas, a guilt-free duo of chicken enchiladas topped with Spanish sauce, whole beans, rice, and salad that contains only 5 grams of fat ($6.75). Regardless of the contents of your repast, Fuentes Cafe's friendly ambiance will ensure that your visit is as happy as the diary of a teenaged clam.
Serving up no-nonsense comfort food with speed, Grandy's fuels stomachs with home-style cooking at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Country fried golden brown and smothered in cream gravy, the country steak meal is served with a baked dinner roll, and choices of sides such as baked beans, whole kernel corn, and mac 'n' cheese ($5.99). The two-piece catfish meal tempts tableside fishermen to cast forks through a crispy coating to reveal savory fish begging to be dipped in tartar sauce ($7.64). Landlubbers enjoy terra firma fare such as the chicken-fried chicken meal, a mouth-watering amalgamation of juicy meat and a crunchy casing with cream gravy and mashed potatoes ($4.99). Number-crunching children can take a break from preparing the family taxes with the child's nugget meal, a plate filled with four nuggets, french fries, and an oven-baked dinner roll served with a thirst-quenching drink ($3.09). For familial feasting around the table, on a picnic blanket, or aboard a magic-flying picnic blanket, the 15-piece fried chicken meal fills a family of mouths with 15 pieces of chicken, three large sides, and twelve oven-baked dinner rolls ($26.99).
Old Time Pit Barbecue harnesses the roasting power of mesquite wood coals to produce its menu of slow-cooked barbecue bites. Carnivorous incisors can devour dishes by the pound, including unsliced whole brisket ($8.49 per lb.) and tender beef ribs ($4.99 per lb.), while those seeking a more balanced meat-to-side ratio can opt for Old Time's blue-tray specials, which include the "Big Chop," a tongue-tantalizing one-pound pork chop with a choice of two sides, such as pinto beans, coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, or potato salad ($10.99). Layer a sausage ($6.99+) with Old Time Barbecue's homemade Pit Sauce, a perfect filler for meaty sandwiches and swimming pools.