A party has to end at some point, and at HarryO's, it's usually 2 a.m. But before then, guests can enjoy themselves by dancing to live music, singing during weekly karaoke sessions, or feasting on the restaurant's wings, ribs, and other bar and grill food. Moreover, HarryO's has a VIP lounge complete with a fireplace that can be booked for private parties or individuals who just want to practice their s'mores roasting.
Lauded for its succulent pork ribs on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and ABC’s The View, Ronnie’s Ribs, Wings & Other Things supplies feasters with expertly executed barbecue classics. Originally founded on the parking-lot grounds of a former gas station, the eatery has since moved to a larger 300-seat location, where 50 TVs entertain customers as they dine. According to the Food Network feature, pit master Ronnie Logan flavors his pork ribs with a mixture of dry rub, brown spices, paprika, and secret ingredients. Each rib rests atop a hickory smoker, which cooks the meat with smoke and heat so no errant flames burn a customer’s meal or convince someone the Olympics are nearby. Along with ribs, pulled-pork sandwiches, jumbo chicken wings, and beef brisket make it hard to ignore the alluring scents drifting about the air, which is also filled with traditional sides and drinks. The family-run Ronnies also caters large familial or corporate events.
In its inaugural season, the Tom Tom Founders Festival has snagged more than 50 bands to celebrate the culmination of a month's worth of music, art, and innovation. On Friday, May 11, The Walkmen draw crowds to Main Street Arena in advance of the band's imminent seventh album, Heaven. Expectations are high for the critically beloved quintet, whose new song has been named by Pitchfork as a Best New Track and whose previous release placed on the music site's Best New Music of 2010 list for its compelling sound "rooted in a scrappy, scratchy New York tradition that dates back to the Velvet Underground or Bob Dylan. Later that night, Eliot Lipp extends the party past the midnight hour with his hybrid of '90s hip-hop and house.
On September 1, Bristol Motor Speedway will be buried under one ton of bacon. At the first annual Tri-Cities BaconFest, the pungent pork will be served up in a multitude of ways: Visitors can snag it for free at bacon stations during three tasting times, sample it in vendors’ bacon-infused desserts and entrees, or attempt to shovel down three pounds of it to claim the title Lord of the Bacon during the Man vs. Bacon eating contest. Other swine-themed events include the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pigskin Challenge, where preregistered participants aged 5 and up test their throwing arms on an accuracy obstacle course. At the hog-calling competition, shouters stretch their lungs as they imitate the sounds of hogs and, later, the sounds of hogs imitating celebrities. The family-friendly event will donate part of its proceeds to the Bristol Speedway Children’s Charities, a nonprofit organization that raises contributions for educational, financial, social, and medical causes.
Tucked into the Rockahock Campgrounds RV resort park on the banks of the Chickahominy River, chefs tend the ovens at Walker's Dam Grill, brought to you by owners Aldo and Dora and formerly known as Fox Hunters. The dining room primes taste buds with the delectable aromas of new-york-strip steaks cooking on the grills, red snapper roasting in the ovens, fresh pasta sauces simmering in pots, and a few menu items brought over from Fox Hunters. Weekend brunches fortify guests for days spent floating down the river or digging a new river to justify building a dock in their backyard.
One of the first places your eyes go when you walk into Sushi King is the immense buffet and the long, glowing sushi bar behind which bustling chefs transform fresh fish into hearty rolls. Guests can come for all-you-can-eat lunch or dinner, loading plates with servings from the salad bar—such as fresh shrimp, muscles, and crab legs at dinner—before ordering from the extensive roll menu. The chefs combine flavors in their special rolls, such as the Las Vegas roll which includes fried salmon and cream cheese, or the Pacific roll, which boasts white tuna, yellowtail, and salmon.