In homage to Harley-Davidson's legendary hogs, Steve "Doc" Hopkins built a 24.5-foot-long, 10-seat motorcycle powered by seven engines that he dubbed the "Timeline." Then, in homage to the bike, Hopkins opened the Timeline Saloon & BBQ. There, the cooks prepare what you might expect at a restaurant themed after a 10-seat motorcycle: barbecue. Though there's pulled pork, beef brisket, and chicken on the menu, the ribs are the standout dish. First, they're marinated in apple juice, teriyaki sauce, and maple syrup for 48 hours. Next, they're slow-roasted in the onsite smokehouse and slathered in one of five sauces. If you're worried that there won't be enough food, their cooks also prepare an epic, 7-pound burger.
Before or after your meal, explore the restaurant's sprawling premises, which include a Harley-Davidson dealership, classic car and motorcycle museum, antique shop, and zoo with alligators, a camel, tortoises, and other animals that would look cute in motorcycle vests.
Perched on 22 acres of picturesque land, this dashing dinner spot sates diners with regular and lighter-fare menus, all while boasting verdant views of a nearby pond and wildlife casting wistful gazes at the delectable edibles. Rev up appetites with the flavorful crab cakes ($8.99) or the shrimp-and-lobster crêpes ($6.99 for one, $10.99 for two) rolled in the thin french pastry of happiness. The ahi-tuna salad ($8.99) marries the sea and the garden on your dinner plate, and the build-your-own burger ($6.99 plus $.25 for each topping) begins with a half-pound beef foundation and food stores ranging from fresh mushrooms to jalapeños and red peppers. The center-cut choice rib eye ($16.99–$22.99) is a hand-cut slap to the face of hunger, and the half-pound of king-crab legs ($15.99) bestows the royal treatment on grateful taste buds. Pizzas and pastas abound, as do savory wines ideal for complementing delightful dishes and toasting live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights.
Tony Roma opened his first rib joint in 1972, a venture that became wildly successful after Dallas Cowboys owner Clint Murchison, Jr. tasted the ribs and slaw and declared them the best he'd ever had. With his financial know-how and weighty pocket book, he helped Tony Roma's grow into the international brand it is today. Franchises have spread across the States like a wave of barbecue sauce, seeping over borders and staining the shirtfronts of thousands of satisfied diners.
Today, chefs still diligently emulate Tony's original ribs recipes, grilling up signature steaks and fresh-caught seafood combos enhanced with sides and garnishes of seasonal ingredients. In addition to the restaurant's signature meaty entrees, the staff whips up oven-baked desserts such as the golden-apple tarts and redskin potatoes hand- mashed by distinguished martial artists.
Karaoke tends to be a special event at many bars, but not at The Bluff Pub and Grille. Here karaoke is welcome any time a patron feels like crooning aloud a favorite song or a business rival?s credit card number on the restaurant?s TouchTunes machine. Professional musicians, meanwhile, often stop by in the summer to rock out on The Bluff?s deck, nestled beside stunning views of the bay. The culinary team takes full advantage of its water view location with plenty of tasty seafood options, including omelets filled with shrimp, crab, and house-made garlic-chive cream sauce. For dinner, chefs whip up everything from broasted chicken with house-made stuffing to handmade pizzas crowned with fixings such as jalape?os and sauerkraut.
The pizza makers at Palio's Cafe crown regular, whole-wheat, and gluten-free crusts with fresh vegetables, preservative-free sauce, and roasted chicken. Chefs take the burden of putting together the best toppings with 17 specialty pizzas that pair gourmet ingredients such as artichoke hearts, roasted chicken, and fresh basil pesto. Ovens create bubbling pies, stuffed calzones, baked ziti, and italian sub sandwiches that servers carry through both chic, cozy locations. Leather-lined booths and flat-screen televisions keep diners comfortable and entertained while they enjoy Palio's BYOB policy and sip wine or Capri Sun pouches brought from home.
The talented meat maestros at Bates City Bar-B-Que win over palates with a toothsome menu of smoked slabs and saucy fixings. Diners can wrap their mitts around a pulled-chicken sandwich for bites of slow-smoked poultry ($5) or match their mandibles against a full slab of Kansas City–style ribs before stacking the clean bones for a meat-inspired game of Jenga ($14). The sampler-platter mixed plate treats meat connoisseurs to a half pound of ribs and a choice of two meats ($10.50), and sides of garlic mashed potatoes ($1.75) and cornbread ($1) sop up reservoirs of tangy sauce. As guests feast on the fall-off-the-bone delights of Bates City's carnivorous spread, they can belly up to the full bar or take in the air on the outdoor patio, wistfully remembering the hickory-hazed memories of barbecues past.