The team behind Taste of Main Street America perused every state in the nation to fill 280 pages with recipes and photographs from eateries located on the Main Street of their respective cities and towns. Readers' palates are whisked to Connecticut with the Willimantic Brewing Company's parmesan-encrusted tuna, and Oklahoma's easy lasagna bake provides relief on nights when the oven is exhausted from its day job as an accountant. Whipping up a dish of homemade lemon squares by the specifications of the Fifth & Main restaurant in Alabama can turn new neighbors into twice-a-day window knockers fiending for the tart treat, and the fresh flavors of Rhode Island's heirloom tomato salad with chilled cucumber soup rouses taste buds with a symphony of fresh flavors. The book is available for pickup at 12 locations throughout the southwest Missouri region, and it can also be shipped online.
RyMac's Rub and Pub charms diners with its 1920s-inspired ambience. The dining room's cobbled interior imitates period buildings, with false doors and windows inlaid with portraits that depict life in bygone decades. The flavor of the epoch even finds expression in menu items, which fuse the recipes and ingredients of various cultures into dishes that can only be called American, such as the Irish nachos or the light bulb sandwich. The bar, also encased in stone, brazenly snubs prohibition with nine different tap beers at any given time.
Chefs at Fedora Social House encourage socializing through shared meals by prepping delicious bits to plunge into sweet and savory fondues and crafting custom thin-crust pizzas showcased on their menu. Send forks swimming with soft pretzel-and-sausage Waterwings in the ale and aged-cheddar fondue appetizer ($12), a savory spring of sharp cheese bubbling with roasted garlic and stout beer. The cracked peppercorn entree ($16) transforms friends into dining knights that duel by dipping swords skewering eight ounces of pepper-encrusted steak into soy-ginger or red-wine broth, and Atlantic Bay scallops ($18) jump into a lake of garlic-infused broth and spicy seafood sauce. Deft hands toss and assemble Fedora’s pizza options, spreading gorgonzola and strips of steak across the beef pesto pizza ($9) and sprinkling three types of cheese on the garlic fromage ($8). Post main course, indulge in an array of dessert fondues, such as the Butterfinger bliss’ blend of Hershey's dark chocolate, white chocolate, and crumbled Butterfingers ($12) to elevate sweet teeth to an untouchable state of nirvana.
The casual Irish pub, Finnegan's Wake, alongside its restaurant and lounge area, Finnegan's Revival, fuels stomachs with its 17 draft beers, 10 whiskeys on tap, and Irish and American pub fare. Diners can pull apart gooey Guinness cheese fries, sink forks into a gravy-covered shepherd's pie, or bite into beer-battered fish 'n' chips before flinging pucks down the pub's shuffleboard table or participating in Wednesday-night trivia. On the Revival side, which is decorated to look like a cozy Irish cottage with its mantel-topped fireplace, old-fashioned photos, and leprechaun traps, patrons can snuggle into leather couches while devouring specialty pizzas.
Steak-Out prepares and delivers slabs of protein sustenance secured from 100% grain-fed American cattle. All entrees—such as the filet mignon ($14.99) and the grilled chicken-breast filet ($9.99)—are accompanied by a salad, a roll, and a buttered and sourly creamed baked potato. Spouses of sand-dwelling warlocks, such as the sirloin steak sandwich ($7.99), carry extra baggage consisting of cheese, chips, and condiments. Desserts, such as a slice of the New York–style cheesecake (starting at $4.49) or an oatmeal-raisin cookie ($0.75), assist in smoothly transitioning imbibers into postmeal naps. Mini mouths can gnaw on a kids' meal, which features a palate-pleasing cheeseburger ($4.29) and chicken nuggets ($3.99).
Ophelia's Tapas sends diners on a nightly sojourn to Spain with small plates of meats and cheeses and clinking glasses filled with wine or classic cocktails. The restaurant and bar’s gourmet tapas selection includes portobello caps stuffed with herbed goat cheese ($6.95) and galettes with brie and pear dressed in a light balsamic drizzle ($5.95). Chefs pour steamy french onion soup over puffs of gruyère cheese ($5.95) and hurl tomatoes at each other until a fine purée is ready for the spanish meatballs ($6.95). A multinational assembly of meats and cheeses from Italy, Ireland, and Spain ($2–$3 each) brokers accords between bickering taste buds, and wines mark palates with purplish passport stamps. Drinks also include a large selection of absinthe, along with an absinthe fountain. For dessert, diners can nudge their champagne truffles ($2) together in a toast to the restaurant’s intimate, pub-style atmosphere.