Roberto's appeases weekday appetites with fresh, handmade Mexican meals. The restaurant's extensive menu is teeming with a diverse selection of south-of-the-border eats, mouthwateringly bookended with the guest-favorite guacamole ($1.99 small; $3.99 large) and finishing with crispy, golden brown sopapillas ($2.99). Sink veggie-loving teeth into chilies rellenos, poblanos stuffed with melted cheese, fried in egg batter, and tastily trebucheted onto waiting taste buds ($6.50). The el matador chicken dinner dresses itself in buttery batter, Spanish sauce, and melted cheese ($8.29) and crunchy corn chapulas dream of tummy vacations under comforters of refried beans, ground beef, guacamole, and shredded cheese ($6.99).
Even though her restaurant is in the heart of Bulldog country, Melissa Powers, the owner of Bama Girlz Cafe, douses her Alabama-themed restaurant in shades of crimson and stamps an Alabama A on each piece of sandwich bread. In the kitchen, cooks prepare a menu of concession-style food, including Nathan's beef hot dogs, nachos, and polish sausages, as well as healthier options such as grilled-chicken salads and soups. Powers flips to the most popular NCAA games on her high-definition flat-screen TVs—with the caveat that Alabama games trump them all. The restaurant's crimson-and-white walls are bedecked with Alabama stickers and a quote from former coach Paul "Bear" Bryant, and fans may also opt to gather for game-watching parties stocked with complimentary popcorn and prize drawings during halftime.
The Tavern serves up hearty American fare in a casual, welcoming environment awash with music and lively conversation. The menu brims with an array of seafood, steak, and chicken platters ($7–$18), more than 10 sandwiches ($5–$9), and meaty mainstays including the Traditional Tavern burger ($7). Atop a foundation of fresh-ground Black Angus chuck, the Tavern burger rises mouthward with a lettuce-and-tomato lobby topped by red-onion apartments and a cheese penthouse. The burger jostles for plate space with hand-cut french fries, a pickle spear, and expansionist ketchup puddles, chaperoned by a choice of domestic beer ($3) or nonalcoholic beverage ($1.95).
My Father's Place dishes out a vast menu of Italian classics including pizzas, pasta, subs, and calzones. Begin savory sojourns with garlic knots crafted from house-made dough ($3.99) by boy scouts apprenticing for epicurean sea captains. The Spud-Nick pizza allows eaters to bask in the innovation of Italian cuisine with sliced baked potatoes, crumbled bacon, chives, cheese, and sour cream ($15.99–$17.99). Other pizza options draw inspiration from Hawaiian, Texan, Mexican, and Greek fare, and a single slice of pepperoni pizza ($1.69) satisfies classic cravings. Gear up athletic-level appetites for the lasagna dinner, which opens with a preshow salad and arrives with garlic bread at the sidelines ($7.99). Thoughtful chefs cover genoa salami and spiced ham with a provolone blanket on the cold italian sub ($5.29).
Traditional Jamaican flavors abound in Island Paradise's casual dining room, where a predominantly Caribbean staff revs up the sense of authenticity. Amid bright red banquettes and paintings of the tropics, tables populate with coconut-dusted fish fillets, jerk chicken, and spicy marinated pork. After diners pass around entree plates of oxtail and curried goat, they can bury forks in a sweet Jamaican dessert or utilize the eatery's dangling bead curtains as guitar strings for a three-piece zydeco band.
The chefs at Tasty Crust Pizza concoct their dough from scratch daily, flatten it into thin discs, and cap the crispy pies with fresh toppings. Bury your nose in the restaurant's straightforward menu, then bury your face in a large carryout pie adorned with one of 14 toppings ($7.99), or bury family heirlooms under large, carryout, specialty pizzas such as the baked potato pizza or the bacon cheeseburger pizza ($11.99). Customers may dine-in to pair the pizza—the beloved superhero of foods—with a sidekick such as spicy fried ravioli ($3.99), wings ($6.99 for 10, $12.99 for 20), or a well-adjusted tax accountant.
Johnny's New York Style Pizza brings pizza-induced bliss with authentic NYC sauce ladled over thin and fresh crust and specialty toppings, as well as a variety of classic Italian fare and pasta dishes and a wide selection of beers. After perusing the menu, customers may choose a 16-inch wheel ($12.25) that rotates the flavorful spokes of steadfast smearings such as pepperoni or green peppers ($0.75–$3.05 per topping). Or, for extra credit, industrious high-school students can dissect the four chambers of the artichoke heart, unless they prefer pesto adorning their pies. For lunch, try a special combination, such as a slice of pizza with one regular topping plus a small garden salad and a soft drink ($5.55). Dinner orders for the pizzaly disinclined abound, such as Johnny’s classic lasagna, with layers of seasoned ricotta, mozzarella, meatballs, and sausage baked in a marinara sauce.