A deceptively straightforward menu hides the discreet array of meaty flavors packed into every quarter-pound burger and grilled-chicken sandwich at this classic dual-drive-thru eatery. High quality and swift service meet at an appetizing altitude in meal combinations such as the grilled-chicken-filet combo, a juicy white bird breast perched atop a fluffy bun and served with seasoned fries and a drink ($4.29).
Carolina Café & Grill pumps a steady stream of soups and lattes through the heart of Camden’s historic downtown, pairing homemade breakfast and lunch options with an exquisite collection of caffeinated delights. Deli chefs pile their culinary masterworks high with a smorgasbord of succulent meats and garden-fresh vegetables. The Granny’s ham and apple sandwich calls a truce in the ancient war between sweet and savory, melting swiss cheese over a crisp granny smith apple on a mustard-laced and buttery croissant ($6.99). Burger buffs can sink chompers into the sizzling beef and grilled onions of the patty melt ($7.25), or the Sprinkle burger, which checks in at an intimidating 5 ounces and dares you to suggest that its name is adorable ($7.25). Those with more herbaceous appetites can seek refuge in the leafy greens of a signature salad such as from the old-school favorite garden variety ($5.25). Homemade soups-of-the-day play their steamy roles with panache ($2.75 cup) and gracefully complement any of the café’s star entrees, while milkshakes ($3.50) and other homemade desserts provide the end credits to a poignant meal.
Smokehouse Restaurant slings made-from-scratch southern fare, which its cooks prepare daily from family recipes and gussy up with mustard-, vinegar-, and ketchup-based barbecue sauces. The barbecue buffet tempts dining duos with ribs, broccoli salad, fried chicken, catfish stew, and barbecue chicken that's juicier than gossip at the Pentagon. Alternatively, the catering menu assembles one or two customer-preferred meats, such as smoked ham, fried chicken, or ribs, with a choice of three sides, including collard greens, mac-'n'-cheese, fried okra, or potato salad. Smokehouse Restaurant rounds out its catered bounty with dessert, bread, and beverages for each person ($8–$10 per person), so party hosts don’t need to force guests to don soundproof jump suits to prevent a cacophony of stomach rumbles.
Inside Stonefire, diners can memorize a menu filled with fresh seafood, succulent steaks, crisp salads, and more. Lunchers can make sure their swallow muscles still work by chewing into lobster queso dip with flatbread ($10) or eating the fried green tomatoes, which spring from local land to be covered in goat cheese and roasted-red-pepper gravy ($7). Six gourmet sandwiches entice eaters to linger for the philly dip's thinly sliced prime ribeye ($9) or the pickled ginger, wasabi aioli, and thai fire chili that highlight the grilled-ahi-tuna sandwich ($9).
Solstice Kitchen owner and executive chef Ricky Mollohan takes pride in crafting creative seasonal menus while working closely with local suppliers to ensure ingredients are as fresh as possible. Start taste buds tingling with a table-side beef tartare served with parsley-caper salad, worcestershire, black pepper, red-wine mustard, and Manchester Farms quail egg ($14), before moving on to indulgent entrees such as olive-oil-seared wild salmon tamed with horseradish-black-pepper cream, wild-mushroom and goat-cheese risotto, port-wine reduction, and a salad made from friendly local herbs ($19). While Solstice boasts an expansive wine and cocktail list, guests who prefer a familiar libation are welcome to tote their own favorite potent to the restaurant's cozy yet modern dining room for a $15 corking fee, or the equivalent value in cubic zirconia. Dinner is served Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., and Sundays from 5:30 p.m to 9 p.m.
Brixx's 21 signature pizzas anchor its hefty menu of pizzeria fare, gaining palate popularity with the smoky, wood-fired flavor culled from an authentic brick oven. Fix fangs into a fleet of 10-inch pizzas, coddling taste buds with the house-made mozzarella coating the Margherita ($9.95) or the spicy italian sausage, gorgonzola, and prosciutto atop the brawny Bronx Bomber ($10.95). The toasted turkey wrap ($7.95) teems with all-natural meat, artichokes, roma tomatoes, and romaine lettuce, and the roasted chicken alfredo with bacon ($11.95) quiets belly bellows better than an accurately thrown leather shoe. The kids’ menu sates miniature appetites with pintsize plates of penne pasta ($4.95 each), and old-fashioned floats ($4.95 each) with Brixx's handmade draft root beer go down smooth with two scoops of vanilla ice cream.
Mint Julep Bistro & Lounge twists contemporary Southern cuisine into a creative spiral of succulent sustenance. The menu kicks taste buds awake with soul food, salads, and 10-inch pizzas snatched from the fiery clutches of a brick oven. Collect a cohort of colleagues and start with the shrimp and sausage gumbo ($6.99), served over rice. Then soothe insatiated appetites with an entree of bone-in pork chops grilled with apple and onion chutney and served with garlic mashed potatoes ($14.99), or sirloin steak lovingly marinated in bourbon and brown sugar and accompanied by sides such as Cajun coleslaw, collard greens, or sweet potato fries (choice of two sides, $14.99). Minty greens highlight the bar area, where customers can cool off overheated neck piping with a signature mint julep or sort through diverse drinks, including beer and more than 20 domestic and imported wines, such as the Layer Cake shiraz from Australia and Berringer's white zinfandel.