Liquid Bar & Lounge’s menu of small plates puts a tropical twist on classic pub fare. Duos or quartets can sip on a revolving daily soup, such as pumpkin (Tuesdays) or pepperpot (Mondays), or weigh down flighty tummies with wings slathered in buffalo, barbecue, garlic-parmesan, jerk, spicy, or chipotle sauce. A cadre of island-influenced fare includes conch fritters, fried calamari with cherry jalapeño, and shrimp riding a wave of guacamole on a corn-chip surfboard. Once small plates have sated their stomachs’ appetite for savories, diners can break promises to the tooth fairy with desserts such as bread pudding drenched in rum sauce, sweet spanish fritters, or slabs of red-velvet cake.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop—then called Pete's Subway—proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world—almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.
Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper—consists of one to three flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
The menu at Clippers II is easy to navigate—it's sectioned by the type of meat featured in the dish—but that isn't to say it lacks intrigue. The Caribbean-inspired menu begins familiarly enough with jerk chicken and curried goat, but quickly diverges into a more exotic selection of meats. On any given day, specials may include peppered steak or tripe with beans prepared with flavors from the islands. Chefs cook each seafood dish to order and are steadfastly traditional in their Jamaican-style preparations, from the king fish to escovitch snapper.
Clippers II also touts itself as a bar and nightclub, and as such hosts various events throughout the week. Some nights groove into the later hours with live music and each Thursday amateurs can try a hand at karaoke.
Catfish Cafe is more than just a restaurant. It's a place that seeks to nourish both the body and soul with Southern specialties. Chicken comes in myriad forms, fried and sided with waffles or cooked in one of three styles?baked, barbecue, or jerk. If seafood is your thing, try the catfish, whiting, or tilapia entrees, or opt for the hearty seafood platter, complete with all three fish in nugget form. You can keep your taste buds guessing by pairing meals with collard greens and candied yams, or by finishing things with a slice of sweet potato pie.