Founded in Harahan, Louisiana, by a trio of restaurateur pals in 1997, Zea Rotisserie & Grill champions the tastes of the American South across its 11 locations. Barbecued ribs and étouffée join the restaurant's signature rotisserie entrees, which slow-roast chicken, rib eye, and a rotating selection of pork, veal, and beef slathered with herb glacés or au jus. A specialty menu takes Zea's roots-centric recipes even further, revisiting classic New Orleans meals of pasta jambalaya, fried catfish with remoulade, and battered Mardi Gras beads. Zea Rotisserie & Grill also caters special events.
Jackson's open and airy space offers a place for nourishing American and European favorites, all featured on expansive dinner, late-night, and brunch menus. Commence evening consumption with a marinated chicken, black-bean salsa, and cheese grilled quesadilla ($6.50) or with a slider- supported stack of house-cut bologna and cheddar cheese ($5). Reminisce over a youthful dabble in French impressionism by ingesting a classic croque monsieur ($8.50), or pay homage to bilateral bicuspids with a commanding chomp into Benny F's favorite Philly cheesesteak sandwich ($9.50). The wood-burned verde pizza slathers spinach-garlic spread and artichokes radially from a crusty center ($8.50), and the brunch menu includes savories such as biscuits and gravy ($5.50), steak and eggs ($11), and a Denver omelet ($7.50).
Each morning, the family staff at JoJo’s Diner on Broadway grinds fresh Black Angus beef into quarter-pound patties and prepares breakfast sausage. They also create their salads, desserts, and backyard spacecraft from scratch. From 7 a.m.–3 p.m., hungry passersby can stop in for the sausages and simultaneously served breakfast and lunch staples, including eggs, pancakes, burgers, and hot dogs.
Drawing on two decades of experience and culinary experimentation, the chefs at Petruccelli's Italian Eatery slip pastas and calzones into an oven, from which the aromas of garlic, basil, mozzarella, and tomatoes escape. In Hoover, their compatriots at Café Lazio press flatbread sandwiches and cut thin slices of capicolla, pancetta, and prosciutto. At both locations, sunshine pours down on outdoor patios, causing flowers to bloom and parasol salesmen to crawl from their caves.
Naji’s Pita Gourmet stocks and cooks Middle Eastern foods of all kinds in their combination bakery, grocery store, and restaurant. The bakery is populated by warm and soft preservative-free pita bread, which bakers ship all across the country or turn into crunchy pita chips. In the restaurant, that same pita cradles tender slices of shawarma and gyro meat, dives into plates of hummus, and wraps up crunchy falafel. Patrons can try to mimic Naji’s fare at home after a stop at the grocery store to pick up olives, grape leaves, spice bends, and cardboard cut-outs of the cooks.
At The Go 2 Grill, handmade hummus pairs with myriad homemade Mediterranean and American dishes. Chicken shawerma and lamb kabobs mingle with other Mediterranean staples such as stuffed grape leaves, falafel, and sambosa. The American side of the menu includes meals such as hot dogs, juicy burgers, fried chicken, and chicken and beef phillies.