Tokyo Grill’s chefs stand over sizzling grills, their furrowed brows illuminated by the dancing flames as they speedily prepare food that blends hibachi flavors with fast and casual dining. With swiftness and precision, they grill fresh vegetables alongside juicy strips of steak, cuts of chicken, and plump jumbo shrimp, then quickly plate the still-steaming meats atop beds of rice speckled with wedges of zucchini, slices of onion, and traces of fairy dust. Elsewhere in the kitchen, sushi chefs are equally hard at work, folding crabmeat and crisp cucumbers into sushi rolls.
The house-turned-eatery known as The Backyard Café puts out an eclectic selection of grilled American fare. Gracious guests can get started with apps, such as artichoke spinach dip ($6.99) or the Backyard salad ($6.99+)––infused with roast beef, turkey, ham, bacon, egg, cheese, and veggies. Hearty bites include the Backyard burger ($7.89)—a half-pound circle of Angus beef bear-hugged by cheddar cheese, mushrooms, onions, and bacon, served with a choice of a side—as well as the teriyaki salmon ($13.99), which arrives steamy atop a fluffy bed of rice pilaf. Diners can complement their consumption with a bottled beer ($2.50+) or glass of wine ($4.50+), or wrap up with a cool scoop of homemade ice cream ($1.99 single scoop) and a hot cup of Coffee Cabana coffee ($1.59).
With dish monikers inspired by the Hollywood legend who gives the restaurant its name, the menu at Bogarts stars a tasty cast of classic American eats. Mouths will roll out the red carpet for meal previews, such as fried pickles ($5) or shrimp jammers ($6.50), fried shrimp stuffed with gooey jack cheese. Next, feast on features including The Queen, a 10-ounce ground Angus steak served with garlic toast and a choice of side ($9), or fill a sandwich trap with the Maltese Falcon, a boneless, skinless chicken breast topped with your choice of mayonnaise, mustard, lettuce, or tomato, and encrusted with priceless jewels ($6.75).
Like enjoying the great outdoors or refusing to speak to certain family members during college football season, sitting down to a hearty meal at a meat n' three diner is a cherished pastime in the South. Compton's Kitchen has been celebrating this tradition of wholesome, hearty cuisine ever since Perry Compton opened up shop with his first batch of buttermilk biscuits back in 1977. At brunch and breakfast, guests sop up gravy with those same fluffy, made-from-scratch treats, or use them to sandwich slabs of fatback, thick-cut bacon, and country ham. Lunchtime brings feasts of ribeye sandwiches, pimento-cheese burgers, or plates of fried chicken and meatloaf joined by green beans, fried zucchini, and potato salad.