The chefs at Houlihan's refuse to follow the trend of restaurants using premade dishes and preservative-laden foods. Instead, they elevate their cooking to a higher standard, handcrafting each meal from scratch with local produce in open kitchens that overlook modern, welcoming dining rooms. The dishes fuse familiar comfort fare (think down-home pot roast and bacon-studded mac 'n' cheese) with adventuresome flavors, from goat cheese and asparagus poppers to a spicy burger lavished with fritos.
The spacious bar's mixologists concoct a slew of long island iced teas, specialty cocktails, and martinis that chase bites or stand on their own merit. Flights of three mini martinis allow the comparing and contrasting of a trio of flavors or refresh each of the mouths of a single guest’s head.
Decorative vases, potter greenery, and vibrant paintings establish the aesthetic beauty of ReRico Brazilian Grill’s lively atmosphere. The authentic churrascaria steak house tops plates with house-made cheese bread, fare from a gourmet cold bar, and more than 15 rotisserie meats, such as horseradish sirloin and chicken breast with bacon. The wait staff serves the succulent carnivorous fare in traditional rodízio style by carving tender meats tableside and tucking napkins into patrons’ shirts. ReRico can accommodate small groups or large parties, such as business meetings for 50 or scaled-back Woodstocks.
Named after the three-time NFL Pro Bowler, Billy Sims Barbecue whips up tasty slow-smoked pork, beef brisket, ribs, and more while allowing carnivorous connoisseurs to sample transcendently tender meats. Like a rechargeable cigar, all of the menu’s meats are smoked fresh daily. The protein-starved and the indecisive can feast on combo plate dinners ($9.99–$12.99), pairing brisket, pulled pork, bologna, hot links, Polish sausages, chicken, smoked turkey, or ribs with sides such as beans, cole slaw, smoked corn on the cob, and more. Meat mavens can also indulge in the Heisman, a dish of pulled pork or chopped brisket piled high and topped off with a slice of bologna and a hot link
($7.49). Sports memorabilia adorns the walls of the family-friendly establishment, reflecting the achievements of its namesake football legend and his uncanny ability to break down defensive formations with politely offered samples of tangy sauces.
When they're not donating food to the victims of the Joplin tornado or striving to make the country's spiciest curry, the culinary artisans at Gem of India grind fresh spices and cook all ingredients from scratch to populate a vast menu of authentic Indian cuisine. After marinating in spiced yogurt, the shrimp tandoori’s jumbo shrimp ($13.95) roast on skewers in a tandoor oven, and the chicken tikka masala smothers chicken in a light cream sauce ($12.95). Vegetarians and finicky brontosauruses can feast on the navratan korma's nine vegetables cooked in nine spices ($11.95), and carnivorous diners can sink their unusually sharp incisors into the mixed grill, which combines tandoori chicken, chicken tikka masala, sheesh kabob, and tandoor shrimp ($15.95), or lamb roganjosh, an appetizing amalgamation of boneless lamb pieces cooked in yogurt and a freshly ground blend of herbs and spices ($12.95). Amid the eatery's tapestries and authentic Indian music, patrons can sip exotic cocktails such as the mango cosmopolitan, which blends the sweetness of Indian fruit with the juiciness of American fashion magazines.
Casual al fresco dining and kid-friendly recreation come together at Beefy's Backyard to form a veritable family-fun sandwich, while Beefy's on the Green offers a slightly more formal dining area with an expanded menu. Like the North Star, Beefy's glowing menu provides guidance to peckish patrons eager to sink their teeth into bread-bound fare. Begin by foraging through a forest of crispy appetizers, sampling delicacies such as fried pickles, jalapeños, okra, and mushrooms ($4.99–$5.99). Beefy's bevy of burgers are dressed with edible accoutrements including bacon, grilled onions, cheese, salsa, and that unmatched new-clothes confidence ($4.29–$6.49). Symphonies of salads, including the southwest pulled chicken salad ($6.99) and the grilled sirloin salad ($7.49), await those who hunger healthfully. Satiation seekers can retire to the indoor dining room at Beefy's on the Green, or choose the Backyard's basketball court and AstroTurf field for rousing rounds of dunk-the-patty and kaiser roll keep-away.
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.