The instructors at Masterpiece Mixers Paint & Party Studio supply the canvases, paints, and brushes, requiring visitors to bring only their creativity. At studios located around Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and Massachusetts, they lead all-level painting classes that last up to 1.5 to 3 hours and focus on subjects ranging from the natural, such as birds and flowers, to still-life guitars, vases, and wine bottles. In some themed sessions, instructors also teach groups to paint abstract pieces or create their own variations on famous landscape paintings that, unlike the originals, can include dinosaurs. Some sessions follow a special date-night structure. At every location, the staff members encourage visitors to bring their own wine, beer, and snacks if desired.
Boasting four consecutive Best Barbecue awards from Best of Gwinnett, the chefs at Dillards Barbecue take pride in their zesty Southern cuisine. As their ribs marinate in tangy barbecue sauce, they whip up the fried chicken, savory pork, and tender catfish sandwiches that have been winning over taste buds since 1998. If it’s too early for hushpuppies or mac 'n' cheese, they usher in the day with Southern breakfast staples such as homemade biscuits with sausage gravy and eggs. They also cater heaping helpings of Southern eats for large parties, such as family gatherings, corporate meetings, and jury-duty reunions.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
Cheeseburger Bobby’s serves gourmet burgers, fries, and rich frozen custard in a family-friendly atmosphere. Its hamburgers, like all the best American Idol contestants, are fresh, never frozen, and prepared by hand. Bobby’s classic cheeseburgers ($3.99) are always cooked to order. Select your hamburger’s make and model, and then truss it up at the condiment bar, choosing from a variety of fresh veggies. The crispy and crunchy french fries are fresh-cut from Idaho’s finest twice each day. This cabin of comestibles expands potential meatsperiences with options such as the Bobby's BBQ chicken sandwich ($5.39) or jumbo beef hot dog ($2.99). Herbivores can enjoy veggie burgers ($4.89) with fries ($2.39) or onion rings ($2.69).
Marco's Pizza founder Pasquale "Pat" Gianmarco began helping out at his family’s pizzeria when he was just a boy. The eatery provided a taste of home to the Gianmarco clan, who moved to the United States from Italy when Pat was 9 years old. Together with his father, young Pat learned the secrets to creating exceptional pizza sauce: three different types of vine-ripened tomatoes and spices that can only be imported from Italy or the moon.
The perfected sauce recipe continues to guide Pat’s kitchen operations, although these days he has considerably more help. Marco's Pizza has 350 locations in more than half the states as well as in the Bahamas, each store tossing fresh pizza dough daily before sprinkling on a trio of fresh, never-frozen cheeses.
Lucky Dog Chicago Style & More was born out of necessity, when the owner began craving her favorite foods during her second trimester of pregnancy. Rather than build a personal pipeline of hotdogs from Chicago to Atlanta, she and her husband conceived of Lucky Dog, where guests can find their favorite Chicago-style comfort foods. The Chicago dog is the marquee item, boasting Vienna Beef meat, a poppy seed bun, and whatever combination of toppings customers desire. Other Chicago favorites include Italian beef sandwiches that can be dipped and covered with spicy giardiniera or grilled sweet peppers, which can covers dogs, burgers, sandwiches, Maxwell Street Polish sausages, bratwursts, and Italian sausages.