Alongside its Mediterranean platters, Jordan Valley Restaurant serves up ample hospitality. The restaurant strives to be a social space where friends and new acquaintances can mingle amongst Middle Eastern spices, or chat on the porch over hookahs. The kitchen’s staples include kebabs, gyros, and a variety of pitas filled with kafta, tandoori chicken, or meatballs.
Doug Allen, who played college football for the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, traded his life as a gridiron guru to become a grill master of Southern-style barbecue. Specializing in tender, golden-fried catfish ($11.50 for a six-piece dinner plate) and succulent, sauce-lathered ribs ($13.50 for 1/2-slab plate) slow-cooked over an open-pit, the Crimson Pit is a meaty haven of barbecue bliss. Dinner plates come with bread and a choice of two sides, such as classic barbecue beans, mac 'n' cheese, or the greens, a fearsome trio recently added to the roster that consists of collard, turnip, and cabbage.
Open only for lunch on weekdays, Norma's On The Run serves healthy meal options quickly, allowing customers to place orders ahead of time by phone or fax. An army of soups, sandwiches, and salads leads the blitz on hunger, and almost any two items can combine forces in various combo meals, such as a small soup with half a sandwich, and a fruit cup with a salad. Vegetarian options include the garden veggie sandwich and nature nut salad, and sweet teeth can be sacrificed to cookies, bread pudding, or ice cream cups. No single menu item or combo meal costs more than $10, which is equivalent to 375 Greg Oden rookie cards.
Winner of more than 400 awards for its barbecue, Famous Dave’s caters to carnivores with a menu of hearty, flavorful American fare. Kick off the tastecapades with a starter of sweetwater catfish fingers ($7.49), which pair the whiskered swimmer's cornmeal-crusted phalanges with rémoulade and jalapeño sauce, or begin by using onion strings ($6.99) to weave yourself a lightly breaded palate poncho. A 12-boned "Big Slab" of St. Louis-style spareribs ($21.49), pit-smoked for three to four hours over a hickory inferno, gives sauce-slathered fingers the chance to enjoy an endless string of napkin hugs, while a Texas beef brisket sandwich ($8.49) provides a bread buffer for the benefit of tidy tasters. A sugary slate of desserts, including Dave's famous bread pudding ($5.29) with pecan praline sauce and vanilla-bean ice cream, give sweets-loving stomachs something to blog about to their gastro-friends.
The Leisure Club stocks and serves an inventive selection of wine, craft beer, coffee, and pairable edibles. Start sleepy mornings with freshly brewed Intelligentsia coffee ($2.50–$3) or up the barista artistry with a frothy cappuccino ($3.50–$4). For lunch or on-the-go munchy thoughts, nibblers can snag a custom grilled cheese ($6) or an equally grippable and grain-laden selection, such as the hammed up Amore sandwich ($9). Leisure Club's drink list has 20 vintages available by the glass ($7–$10), half glass ($4–$6), or bottomless glass ($32–$44), in addition to craft beers poured with care, compassion, and the assistance of gravity ($2.75–$6.50).
The popular sandwich franchise offers an expansive selection of speedy snacks, including soups and salads. For a trimmer take, try a Torpedo ($4.00) or Bullet ($3.00), in which longer, leaner baguettes get packed with yummy stuffings, such as mozzarella, turkey, and basil pesto in the pesto turkey or heaping stacks of meat (ham, salami, capicola, pepperoni) in the italian. Other standouts include flatbread sammies ($3.00), flatbread salads ($3.19-5.99), and Quizno's famous subs ($4.49–$7.99). Match-make a bag of chips ($1.19) and drink ($1.59-$1.99) to its perfect sandwich mate for a full-fledged meal. View a complete menu here.