Comfort-fare titans at The 4th of May Cafe conjure a hearty hodgepodge of overstuffed sandwiches on home-baked bread, local seafood, and fluffy omelets to fill regulars’ stomach vacancies throughout the day. The breakfast menu rousts slumbering appetites with seafood omelets ($7) that cradle fresh, local shrimp and crab together with onions and peppers. Chefs fry or grill the lunch-and-dinner menu's chicken fingers ($3.99) before dressing them in blackening seasoning, buffalo sauce, or an adorable onesie. Slices of meatloaf ($10) arrive at tables beneath blankets of brown gravy, and crab-salad rolls ($8.99) wield blue crab, Hellmann’s mayonnaise, and purple onions. Cuban sandwiches ($9) bridge hoagie-roll halves with roasted pork loin, honey-maple ham, monterey jack cheese, and a handful of suspension cables.
The menu of the chef-owned Filet Steak and Seafood bursts with a bevy of beef and seafood dishes, its eclectic eats earning the restaurant the title of Readers' Choice for Best Steak from Lake Oconee Living magazine. Browse the lunch menu for handheld noshables such as Angus burgers ($7.50) and Cajun crab-cake sandwiches ($12), or delve into dinner entrees ranging from half-racks of ribs ($15) to shrimp 'n' grits with andouille sausage ($18). Steaks satiate carnivorous appetites and provide fail-proof bait for hunting the neighbors' pesky pet T. rex, with meaty slabs such as the 13 oz hand-cut New York strip ($23), available blackened Cajun–style at no additional charge. Filet Steak and Seafood also boasts a selection of seasonal specials, including ahi-tuna salad ($14) and a thai braised veal shank ($21). An extensive wine list swirls with a cascade of delectable ambrosias.
Serving American favorites and Old World classics in a comfortable, chalet-style restaurant, Seven Gables crafts a refined menu of palate-pleasing seafood, pasta, poultry, and steak dishes. Harmonize both land and sea with a filet mignon and lobster tail duet (market price), or plunge face first into the savory chicken wellington stuffed with tasso Louisiana ham, risotto, and asiago before being swaddled in a flaky pastry ($14.95). Meat masticators can enjoy their lamb romarin roasted with a rub of fresh-roasted garlic and in-house garden rosemary ($22.95).
It began with a burger. In 2001, entrepreneur Quentin Love wanted to improve his Chicago community by opening a business that would not only create much-needed jobs, but also help his neighbors lead healthier lives. To this aim, he opened his first restaurant, which centered on his newest, healthiest recipe: the jive turkey burger, a bunned treat smothered in grilled onions that contained a fraction of the fat of its beef-laden brethren. The burger proved so popular he began experimenting with a whole range of comfort fare reimagined with turkey. By serving dishes such as turkey tacos, turkey stir-fry, and turkey chops smothered in gravy and onions, Turkey Chop lends diners a healthier way to enjoy classic American eats. But unlike an oven caught in a November time warp, the kitchen has more than turkey—chicken, fish, shrimp, and vegetarian versions of many dishes still help guests avoid fat while savoring guilt-inducing flavors.