Two things are vital to an authentic Greek meal: the right mix of ingredients and the coming together of friends and family. At Athena Greek and Lebanese Grill, both can be found in steady supply. In the kitchen, cooks prepare lamb kabobs over a charcoal grill and serve chicken shawarma, gyro meat, or jumbo shrimp atop beds of feta salad. To encourage an appreciation of authentic Greek cooking even at home, Athena's onsite grocery store stocks authentic mixes and spices, many of which are used in the kitchen's own recipes. There's also a sense of community here that goes beyond just sharing meals. After 3 p.m., Athena's encourages groups to hang out on the patio and rent a hookah to relax and share stories told entirely through smoke rings.
The meat specialists at Logan Farms Honey Glazed Hams pride themselves on their signature recipes for hams and turkeys. Each hand-trimmed cut is dry cured in a housemade low-sodium brine, smoked with hickory, and glazed in a blend of honey and spices before being spiral cut and packaged for in-store pickup or shipping. Staff also prepare gourmet meats ranging from akaushi beef to smoked texas brisket. Each of the company's nine locations features its own counter-service market caf?. Lunches?such as po' boys and grilled burgers?are served, and a range of gourmet groceries?such as mustards and bean blends?line the shelves.
Tableside belly dancers and traditional Mediterranean dishes entertain eaters at Albasha Greek & Lebanese Restaurant. Tender, juicy lamb shanks rest atop rice pilaf and are joined by hummus and sautéed pine nuts to complete the lamb-shank plate. Thinly sliced chicken marinated in garlic, oil, and Lebanese spices populates shawarma dishes, whereas butter-broiled shrimp kabobs simmer with the flavors of garlic and lemon juice.
Mingles’ menu of Southern classics features grilled wings, fried fish, and frosty brews. Among the most popular entrees is the chicken and waffle duo ($7.99), empowered by a posse of sides such as dirty rice and onion rings ($1.99 each). Wings arrive fresh from Mingles’ grill in a selection of savory suits, such as lemon pepper, garlic, parmesan, and honey barbecue ($6.99 for 10), while a triad of fried catfish strips satisfies peckish pescetarians ($6.99). Mingles compliments genial entrees with a variety of social events each week, fueled by draft beers, wines, and top-shelf spirits. Come on Thursday and Saturday nights for Karaoke and sing “That’s What Friends Are For” into sauce-covered wings, or arrive on Friday night to watch live bands court diners in a battle of the BFFs.
Fatboy's Grill & Bar stuffs stomachs with the one-and-a-half-pound patty of their signature The Fat Bastard burger and a savory smorgasbord of finger foods. Mouths that scale The Fat Bastard's tower of tender ground beef ($15.25) —so large that it must be housed within a 9-inch bun—can take in scenic views of the pepper or sweet-potato fries at its base and, if the weather's right, several nearby counties. Diners can also digest daintier burgers, such as the Bad Breath Little Bastard, whose 8-ounce hand-kneaded beef patty comes topped with grilled onions, swiss cheese, and a dollop of halitosis ($8.25). Patrons may also warm up their palates with a Hot Chick sandwich, spicy wing-sauce-covered pieces of chicken ($8.25) that make a perfect finish to a plate of Fat Baby meat pies ($6.75) and an evening practicing self-cryopreservation. Tunes emanating from the bar's TouchTunes jukebox keep hips shaking between the walls' array of neon signs until closing time—usually midnight or 2 a.m.
The flavors found in El Chico’s enchiladas and fajitas are a tasty testament to what the Mexican eatery does best: cultivating a menu that bustles with authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Fajitas provide a savory meal for two, with flour tortillas embracing veggies and chicken, beef, or a combination of the two with the gusto of a bear giving a bear hug. Or opt to reward tongues with enchiladas, which accentuate a variety of proteins with slick coats of cheese and sauce. The spicy beef of Mama’s Favorite enchiladas plays nicely with the fiery nature of chili con carne, and the Top Shelf fajita enchiladas capture rare glimpses of grilled fajita steak and ranchera sauce frolicking on the plate. Avocado enchiladas are also on hand for sets of vegetarian cravings.