Growing up in a family with nine kids, Cornell Sample came to cherish the big suppers that brought his clan together after often-chaotic days. The tradition is what guides his operations at Pit Master Barbeque, where he and his team create meals that can easily feed whole families on days when schedules are tight. All of the dishes come in a range of sizes, from a la carte sandwiches stuffed with smoked meats to dinner platters that come paired with two home-style sides and a slice of cornbread. They start cooking meats early every morning, periodically slathering pulled pork, full slabs of ribs, and beef brisket with signature sauce. Each of the meats, as well as the sides and classic Southern desserts such as banana pudding and peach cobbler, can be ordered by the pan, creating easy meals for large groups or someone training to be someone’s date at a Southern wedding.
TV Deli Diner’s kitchen is busy every meal of the day—it serves heaps of pancakes for breakfast, hearty hot sandwiches for lunch, and sirloin steaks for dinner. In preparation, they bake their breads fresh daily and whip up all soups and sauces from scratch. Their specialty soup: the Reuben, which puts the bold flavor of the famous sandwich into liquid form so you can sneak it into the ballpark in a waterbottle.
Weekly specials include lobster bisque to special golden margaritas on Mondays. For dessert, you can savor scooped ice cream and baked pies, but the restaurant is best known for its gourmet apples during the holidays, a decadent treat dipped in caramel, chocolate, and nuts. The diner also offers catering and has gift certificates available.
Housed in a historic 110-year-old building, Savannah?s evokes the grandeur of the past with formal d?cor such as a marble fireplace, weathered-wood paneling, and flowing drapes. Tables covered in white linens populate with juicy steaks and seafood fillets that show flashes of Italian and French influence in their delicate wine and butter sauces. A separate gluten-free menu makes the most of choice cuts, such as a 20-ounce porterhouse and tender center-cut pork chops. Servers can suggest wine or liquor pairings from Savannah's substantial bar list or add to the historic atmosphere by playing a baroque concerto on the rims of wineglasses.
Owner Gus Dimopoulos and his amiable staff have whipped up scratch-made bites of home cooking every day at Mom's Restaurant for more than two decades. Early risers and insomnia-plagued owls can restock energy reserves with a menu of sun-up starters such as the hearty country-fried steak and eggs ($5.95), and the waffle crowned with fresh blueberries ($4.50).
When it comes to the Fratello's heaping portions of lasagna and chicken piccata, you'll want to do some sharing of your own. That's doubly true on Sundays, when the restaurant loads their brunch buffet with custom omelets, belgian waffles, and biscuits with made-from-scratch gravy.
Wild Coney & Grill serves up American diner staples with a Mediterranean twist, sliding diners a menu full of hot dogs, gyros, and burgers. Coney Island dogs ($1.95) arrive doused in traditional chili, mustard, and onion toppings, and buns and firmly gripped fingers struggle to contain the seasoned ground beef and the laissez-faire political leanings of the loose burger ($2.25). The gyros supreme meal ($7.75) pairs pita-enveloped lean lamb and cucumber sauce with a fresh, vegetable-rich mini Greek salad and fries. The restaurant serves hearty breakfasts all day, bearing heavy platters of the Wild breakfast special ($5.75), weighted with three large eggs, two slices of bacon, sausage, one slice of ham, and an astronaut-collected cube of jellied sun.