Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
Memphis BBQ Grill's head chef channels the barbecuing traditions of his native Memphis as he pilots a culinary team in crafting a menu dappled with smoked turkey, pulled pork, and Texas-style beef brisket. Meal-prefacing portions of barbecue baked potatoes ($5.99) arrive cradling barbecued pork, beef, or chicken in a starchy satchel. Sandwiches bridge bun halves with pulled pork ($5.99 for large), chicken ($6.49 for large), and suspension cables. Gastronomic gurus baste smoked turkey slices ($8.99) before suspending them over open flames, and beef brisket ($11.79 for a large order) lounges for 18 hours over immolating hickory wood.
Voted Favorite College Bar by readers of The 11th Hour, Bottoms Up sates thirsts for fermentation and fun within a young, beach-themed atmosphere. The friendly bartenders pour a lineup of economical elixirs designed with both the student and young professional in mind, including well drinks ($4), specialty cocktails ($5), and shots ($5). Domestic draft beers gratify cravings for that fresh-from-the-tap flavor ($3), and domestic bottled beers entertain bar flies with their familiar taste and knowledge of local zoning laws ($3).
Smoky aromas waft from a hickory pit at O.B.'s BBQ's bustling family eatery, combining with savory scents from the menu's farm-raised catfish and juicy brisket. Cookout captains slather full racks of ribs ($19.95) in O.B.'s special sauce, with meaty options including the original Memphis-style or baby back ribs. Lure hickory-tickled chicken breasts into troughs of sweet barbecue sauce sandwiches ($7.95) or reap the benefits of lumber aromatherapy after succulent beef brisket steeps in a sauna of woody vapors ($10.95). O.B.'s fried catfish filet glistens between crunchy slabs of texas toast ($7.95). Supplement smoldering entrees with one of O.B.'s made-from-scratch sides ($0.85–$4.50), including its signature Brunswick stew ($3.50 for 8-oz. bowl) or hearty cornbread ($0.85), and hunger-demolishing desserts ($2.59–$3.99).
Bench Warmers lures revelers with a sports-centric bar and anchors them in their seats with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pastas. Under the luminous glow of neon lights and big-game-beaming televisions, patrons can coronate their meal with an order of 10 chicken wings, cloaked in homemade blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($7.99), or accentuate an argument about John Wayne's given name with an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls ($7.99). Corned beef and grilled sauerkraut rest on palanquins of swiss cheese-topped rye bread to form palate-pleasing grilled reuben sandwiches ($7.99), and the lightly seasoned bench steak ($12.99) goes on the offense for a heavy, hunger-hitting lineup of gourmet entrees.