Dining at Yao's China Bistro is not only a culinary experience, but an artistic one. Each dish is creatively plated. That includes the Dragon and Phoenix, a combination of saut?ed jumbo shrimp and crispy, spicy bites of chicken beautifully garnished with oranges and a flower formed out of carrots, and the Mandarin Flower Basket, a m?lange of chicken, seafood, and vegetables served in an intricately woven basket of noodles.
The bistro's surroundings are just as attractive as its meals. Chandeliers and sconces emit soft lighting in the dining room lined with dandelion-hued and exposed-brick walls. A Chinese-style dragon head hangs from the rafters, watching over guests as they dine and preparing to swoop in on unfinished meals.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Locally grown fruits and vegetables fill Aubrey's Restaurant's menu across seven locations in eastern Tennessee. In addition to Southern recipes for buttermilk fried chicken and pulled pork, the kitchen also stirs housemade pimento into a savory dip and marinates chicken in lemon and lime. Old-fashioned patty melts and other sandwiches join pastas such as the Rattlesnake linguine, with grilled chicken, spinach, green peppers, and Southwestern alfredo that are charmed into stillness with the twirl of a fork. Desserts, such as the chocolate turtle cake with Hershey's chocolate and Breyers ice cream, help top off each meal.
Perched on the Tennessee River's Nickajack Lake, Hales Bar Marina and Resort is a destination for docking boats and enjoying waterside diversions for all ages, from miniature golf for children to a floating bar for adults. With 200 deep water wet slips measuring up to 100 feet in length, revelers can arrive at the resort by both land and lake. Rental pontoons and ski boats are available by the half- or full-day, and nighttime accommodations include floating cabins, which allow for fishing right off the front porch, as well as cabins situated squarely on dry land, perfect for fishing for food deliveries.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
Vito's Cucina's cooks hand-toss gourmet Italian dishes inside its drive-thru stand, sprinkling specialty pizzas with grilled chicken, pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and goat cheese and stack up hearty sandwiches. In addition to savory eats, New Orleans–style beignets bask beneath powered sugar or maple syrup, pairing well with to-go cups of fresh-brewed coffee. Two outdoor patio tables invite onsite munching, or patrons can opt for drive-thru, pickup, or delivery to enjoy Italian feasts in the comfort of home or on a favorite algebra teacher's rooftop.