Thick brocade curtains, soft seating, and ornate chandeliers cosset diners in an elegant atmosphere at Marie Livingston's Steakhouse. In 1992, the restaurant's matriarch and namesake parlayed years of menu-making into opening her own eatery, which she still runs today with her two daughters. Her sweet Alabama twang and gracious hospitality float through the air as she works both the front and back of the house, greeting guests at the door and ensuring each steaming dish and housemade dessert represents her name well. A secret-recipe steak sauce coats her selection of USDA Choice steaks and chops, all grilled over an open flame rather than a flat pan or a Senate subcommittee. And accompanying each are fluffy, family-recipe yeast rolls that have kept a stable of regulars coming back for more.
In a building once thought by many in the industry to be unsuitable for a restaurant, elegance enfolds guests and proves naysayers wrong. An entryway with a dome of distressed silver leaf and a vintage red sofa opens onto a dining area enhanced underfoot by marble and hardwood floors, and overhead by bright-red drop lighting. Black and cream flow throughout, with dark baseboards and crown molding lining the light walls, and large curved booths leading the eye to a black granite bar.
Rhonda Foster, owner and head chef of Liam’s Restaurant, founded Liam's with two maxims in mind: think locally and organically, and take the pretension out of fine dining. After hot-gluing the restaurant into a cozy, historic brick building in downtown Thomasville, Rhonda began purchasing ingredients from local sustainable-growth farms. To this day, Rhonda and her employees take an active role in every step of the farm-to-table process, whether they’re touring the actual farms to ensure their methods are organic or they're hunting for wild turkey and duck themselves.
From the open kitchen, chefs transmogrify the fruits, vegetables, meats, and artisan cheeses of their research into ever changing seasonal menu, which includes daily seafood specials such as the mushroom-crusted Ahi Tuna. Diners can look in on the cooksmanship while chatting with Rhonda and her husband Scott about culinary techniques or chewing strategies as the two slow-cook enticing dishes, such as the sautéed Duck & Mushroom confit with truffle oil. For smaller appetites, the duo plates up a selection of nearly a hundred artisan cheeses flown, shipped, or catapulted in from around the globe.
Craft brews from breweries like Dogfish Head and North Coast line the shelves alongside wines from California, Germany, and France. Liam’s also serves up weekday lunch and a Saturday European-style brunch, and periodically hosts themed events such as chocolate tastings, Taste of Spain, Lobsterfest, and Beer Club.:m]]
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s menu boasts a beefy bounty of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavors to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. Start out with the Buffalo Half and Half appetizer ($7.49) and find an edible equilibrium with its three buffalo chicken tenders and a quarter-pound of buffalo shrimp, or dive into the beef end with the restaurant’s signature ‘O’ Brady Burger ($7.99), seasoned in a slumber bag of herbs and spices and topped with melted provolone cheese. Burgers come with a choice of potato salad, pineapple coleslaw, chips, fries, broccoli, or mashed potatoes with Guinness gravy. Other eats include a full rack of baby back ribs ($17.99), available in traditional, honey, or bayou barbecue sauce, and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sandwich staple, the Dubliner ($8.99), which contains thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese. Fallen angels can attempt to reclaim the power of flight through consumption of a dozen boneless chicken wings ($8.79), available in one of a dozen flavorful sauces.
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