Yum Yum Thai Cuisine's chefs craft a creative Thai and Chinese menu that garnered features in the Express News "Just a Taste" column and on KTSA's "The Dish." The team allows seafood to flourish by placing it on a plate with chinese shrimp and lobster sauce or in an "ocean deep" clay pot filled with glass noodles, squid, scallops, and maybe a sunken treasure. They grant pineapple a break from its day job as headwear by hollowing out its halves and fashioning them into a bowl for boneless roasted duck in red curry or shrimp-and-pineapple fried rice. By preparing starters, such as crispy deep-fried dragonfly rolls, and refreshing desserts, such as house-made coconut ice cream, the kitchen staff bookends the dining experience with cuisine as appealing as the entrees that form their centerpieces.
The day of a big celebration is always pretty hectic. Houses need to be cleaned, party clothes need to be ironed, and lots of food needs to be cooked and artfully displayed. But it's in situations like this that the bakers at Cupcake Catering shine by taking care of a party's central dish: the dessert. They take orders in the days preceding parties, then bring the beautifully frosted treats straight to your door when you need them. They make cupcakes in a range of flavors to cater to a range of cravings and desired level of decadence.
Given Biff Buzby's penchant for classic cars and vintage airplanes, his classic take on another all-American staple, hamburgers, comes as little surprise. Each patty weighs in at a half- or quarter-pound of 100% ground beef, sandwiched between a homestyle bun along with its fixings?crispy bacon and grilled onions for The Q burger, house chili on the Chili Cheese Burger?and served up with a helping housemade pinto beans.
Elsewhere on the extensive menu, a deep roster of comfort staples vie for second billing. These include starters such as the beer-battered mushrooms or the housemade cheesesticks, as well as the chopped steak and chicken-fried chicken platters. Matching the loaded menu is a calendar chock-full of weekly events, including Cruisin' Night every Friday evening, when souped-up hot rods and confident station wagons alike collect in the parking lot so their owners can bond over burgers and car-talk.
Keva offers high quality ingredients and a sensuous selection of juicy smoothies ripe for sipping. Evoke the islands with a Keva Kolada, made with pineapple juice, luscious pineapple sherbet, coconut, banana, and non-fat frozen yogurt. The Berry Berry Good blends raspberry juice, non-fat vanilla yogurt, raspberries, and blueberries to create a tart, sweet smoothie sure to send raspberry stock through the roof. The Oreo Speedwagon whips up non-fat milk and vanilla yogurt with chocolate syrup and Oreos, satisfying the most debilitating chocolate craving with a bit of added crunch. The Orange Obsession mixes orange and mango passion juice, banana, honey, and strawberries with delectable orange sherbet, creating an orchestration of orange sure to shatter the windows of your flavor facility. All smoothies are made with 100% fruit juice, real fruit, and delicious yogurts and sherbets. Add a blend in of whey, granola, soy milk, or no sugar strawberry ice cream for $0.75 each. Starting prices range from $2.95 for 12 ounces to $4.95 for 32 ounces.
Williams' Confectionery Crafts prepares its delicious eats and bakes its treats in gloriously old-fangled style. Start your day of work or conclude your night of vampire hunting with breakfast (served all day) and gobble up biscuits and gravy ($2.99); gorge on pancakes ($3.99); or introduce your bashful face to a stomach-warming meal of bacon, eggs, grits, and toast ($3.99). At the sound of the lunch cymbals, sandwich fans can retire to the confectionery for a roast-beef bread tower stacked with red onions, bell peppers, provolone, and mayonnaise ($5.29). Or just snack on a trio of wings or tenders served with fries ($4.99) as you wait for the sky to stop raining men. The restaurant also features meal specials ($6.99) between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tuesdays treat you to chicken and dumplings with mixed veggies, candied yams, and a roll. Thursday visitors, meanwhile, can burrow into a hefty platter of smothered pork chops paired with gravy-drenched rice, greens, pineapple casserole, and cornbread. A finishing flourish of fresh-baked pies, cookies, and cakes—as well as decadent alternatives such as floats, banana splits, and specialty sundaes—will defuse sweet teeth before their timer counts down to zero. Meal seekers can visit Williams’ Confectionery Crafts’ snack shop between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Both a quick pit-stop for grabbing a coffee and homemade pastry and a respite for sitting down for lunch and lingering a while, Hearthstone Express functions as a coffee shop and bistro. The cooks usher in the day with breakfast, scrambling eggs and tucking them into buttery croissants with spinach-artichoke spread and crispy bacon. Meanwhile, the bakers whip up pastries such as danishes, scones, and bagels to complement cups of coffee. For lunch, the cooks move on to gourmet sandwiches and paninis; best-sellers include Alicia's club?turkey, avocado spread, mozzarella, and honey dijon on a croissant?and the turkey artichoke panini, topped with spinach-artichoke spread. But the staff is open to customers' own creations as well, making Build Your Own sandwiches. Diners can pick their meat, bread, cheese, veggies, and dressings, and name it anything they want, such as Janet.