Head chef Aaron May, a Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, presides over the kitchen of May’s Counter as the diner-style eatery turns out made-from-scratch southern cuisine. With bluegrass music thrumming in the background, diners delve into the kitchen’s trademark fried-chicken-topped waffles, or nosh on corn dogs surrounded in waffle batter. Red stools line the counter at the full-service bar, manned by bartenders equally willing to mix sophisticated cocktails or slide a cold PBR into a brown bag. As they feast, diners nestled in cozy booths can watch sports competitions unfold on flat-screen TVs, rather than watching their water glasses compete for the title of most transparent.
Specializing in good, simple comfort food, the folks at Jerry Bob's Family Restaurant offer breakfast all day and a host of lunch specials. Customize your omelet with pretty much any combination of meat, veggies, and sides you'd like. Or, go for a "square meal"—a big plate of ham, hash browns, toast, and square eggs. Afternoons, stop in for a chicken salad sandwich or one of Jerry Bob's specials, such as better-than-mom's meatloaf.
Offering the carnivorous Southwest an authentic taste of midwestern meat markets, Dickman’s provides hordes of hungry Arizonans with a vast array of beef, steak, poultry, and seafood. Try the crowd-favored ugly steak, a 6–8-ounce slab of sirloin perfect for steak sandwiching ($8.99/lb.), paired with a side serving of Dickman’s twice-baked potato ($3.99/lb.) to instantly earn membership meat-and-potatoes club, which comes with a lifetime supply of mustaches, or scour the cases of Kobe beef and USDA Prime and Choice meats to discover the cuts of the day. Those in the mood for a hearty, between-bread meal can try a three-napkin sandwich ($4.99 for a 6 in.) along with one of many homemade salads ($3.99/lb.).
One cupcake looks much like another, which is why Red Velvet Cupcakery's pastry chefs pay such careful attention to what makes them different: the ingredients. Even before a Red Velvet customer takes a bite, they'll probably smell the presence of European butter, Valrhona chocolate, Maldon sea salt, local dairy products, French-style buttercream, and accents made from 24K gold leaf.
That difference was tasted by Washington Post Express, which concluded that Red Velvet's devil's-food cupcake "is sinfully satisfying" with its rich buttermilk cake topped with Valrhona bittersweet-chocolate ganache. It likewise hailed the red-velvet Southern Belle's whipped cream-cheese frosting as "simple, elegant, and too scrumptious for words." To ensure fresh cupcakes?and to keep their wastebaskets available for crumpled-up paper during "writer's block" montages?Red Velvet donates each day's remainders to local shelters and nonprofit organizations.
Surrounded by vistas of the rising foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the only view more impressive at Anthony’s in the Catalinas than the one from the window is its trophy wall. Among its accolades, Anthony’s counts the Award of Excellence from DiRoNA—the Distinguished Restaurants of North America—and the AAA Four Diamond Award. The restaurant has its chefs to thank for these awards, who tirelessly craft hand-made sausages, slice tender beef medallions, and roast duckling until its buttery and crispy. A pair of experienced sommeliers cultivate a collection of more than 1,700 wines from around the world, a feat which garnered the restaurant the Grand Award from Wine Spectator. The fine beverages reside in the restaurant's underground cellar, which customers can tour if they say one of the magic words “please” or “shazam.”