Top-of-the-line cuisine from the land and the sea meets in the kitchen of Toni Steakhouse, a family-owned restaurant that opened in 2008. Chefs hand-cut steaks such as the 28-ounce bone-in Cowboy rib eye and the center-cut chateaubriand for two, pairing them with traditional sides such as loaded baked potatoes and wilted spinach. Those who opt for seafood choose from specialties such as sushi-grade grouper and red snapper filleted onsite. Cocktail pairings range from classics such as the Ketel One vodka martini to the decadent creations such as the Godiva chocolate dessert martini.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops that brighten smiles in 20 minutes. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles annually across five states. The locations in North Carolina offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, a special light activated gel teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers with an applicator pen. An applicator pen exposes the teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-7 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
Serving prime steaks cut by the century-old Allen Brothers firm, Neil Jordan's supplies diners with fresh seafood, meal-bridging brunchstuffs, and upscale dinner options. For brunch, fork open a blue-crab omelette's fluffy eggshell ($10), or claim a steak and eggs ($18) before meat prospectors start panning it for elusive beef crystals. In the evening, a light rain of blue-cheese fondue or truffle butter drizzles on prime rib eyes ($33/14 oz.) working over creamed spinach ($7) or whipped potatoes ($7). Pan-seared golden sea bass ($29) brings out diners' most thrilling scuba stories as tongues swim through goat cheese and tarragon risotto and reefs of peach coulis. A staggering collection of wine bottles lines the golden-hued halls of Neil Jordan's, which fill with the sounds of clinking stemware and the distant echo of one glass hand clapping.
Tenichi Steak House crafts a range of Japanese specialties, including hand-rolled sushi as well as flavorful, MSG-free hibachi fare that’s sizzled in 100% vegetable oil. During tableside preparations, knife-twirling chefs make a performance of mincing, flambéing, and flashing semaphore messages, before dishing up still-steaming heaps of steak and seafood. Udon soups and crispy, golden tempura specialties round out the menu.
Head Chef Miriam Sosa culled from South American and Caribbean traditions when she built her menu of Latin dishes at the fast-food eatery Latin Chicks. Sosa’s Peruvian-style pollo a la brasa—coal-fired chicken—headlines the menu and makes appearances with fries, in salads, and once on Jimmy Kimmel Live. For a sweet treat, she also presents a choice of filling and topping for churros, including strawberry, cream cheese, and guava.
Sisters of the New South flaunts its Southern heritage with a menu that highlights fried chicken, collard greens, and other soul-food staples. The restaurant lives by the motto “real southern cooking,” and its chefs take pride in preparing each dish with the same care that their mothers would have used. Sisters even sells its unique blend of spices through an online store so that customers can re-create the restaurant’s fried chicken or season their bathwater.