Every day, chef and owner Ray Moscardelli—a graduate of the Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute—ventures out to hand pick fresh cuts of meat and seafood to sizzle and sear for The Pistachio Grille’s New-World cuisine. Vintage-style posters adorn the vermillion walls in the intimate dining room, where servers welcome diners with attentive service, and crisp white tablecloths put guests at ease with enthusiastic handshakes. Omelets and just-woken pancakes fill breakfasting bellies with morning classics. Lunch and dinner menus satisfy with piquant pastas, such as the grilled veggie lasagna or the rigatoni with broccoli, which veils a colorful mélange of jumbo-lump crabmeat and sun-dried tomatoes dapperly dressed in a white-wine-and-curry cream sauce. Guests can also bring their own bottles of wine, beer, and love potions to pair with the savory fare. Additionally, The Pistachio Grille’s on- and off-site catering pleases palates with items culled from the eatery’s menus or with custom dishes and hors d’oeuvres.
For more than 30 years, the team at Woody’s Bar B Q has been perfecting its methods for slow-roasted meats to cook melt-in-your-mouth ribs, brisket, and other specialty barbecue recipes. From the signature full rack of baby back ribs—slow cooked in Woody’s secret marinade recipe—to tender, slow-smoked north carolina pork, savory meats take center stage at the casual, family-friendly eateries. Woody’s Bar B Q was initially founded in Jacksonville, Florida, and now can be found in several states—like Ben Franklin’s progeny.
The plate-filling prodigies at Bobby G's craft a menu packed with hearty Southern fare and slow-cooked barbecue eats. Patrons can order a rack of succulently smoked ribs ($17.99 full, $9.99 half) or a dozen buffalo wings ($7.99) to relish a bone-picking chew-a-thon while absorbing nutrients and superpowers through their fingertips. The half chicken and ribs platter ($11.99)—which is accompanied by a choice of side dish, such as collard greens, coleslaw, or barbecue beans—helps individuals fill stomach vacancies. Families or a famished Janus can feast on a Meal Deal, such as the Family Pack #1 ($19.99), which showcases 2 pounds of pulled pork, six rolls, and a 2-liter bottle of soda.
Restaurant owner and chef Valerie Erwin keeps the Zagat-rated Geechee Girl Rice Café wheeling and dealing with the help of her four sisters and a tome of inherited low-country recipes. Saddle up for dinner and encourage taste buds to wade into the tangy waters of the Carolina pulled pork, a dish that skyrocketed shoulders into the pantheon of palatable joints with house-smoked and slow-roasted pork shoulder enlivened by coleslaw, barbecue black eyed peas, and cornbread ($17). To create the shrimp and grits, chefs sauté plump shrimps and sizzling shallots in a decadent sauce before hoisting the concoction onto a bed of stone-ground grits and verdant greens ($17).
Inside Picanha Brazilian Grill, diners sit back as waiters slice endless amounts of freshly grilled meats at the table. The meat masters roast the tender tidbits over a charcoal grill, ensuring each cut retains its natural juice and flavor before slicing it tableside until visitors' carnivorous cravings have been sated. As waiters ration off beef sirloin, ribs, pork, chicken, and sausage, mouths water, crying at the thought of the meal's end. Each rodizio meal also includes selections from the hot food bar, such as fried bananas, rice, beans, and polenta, as well as verdant greens and fresh fruits from the salad bar. Although not included in today's meal, guest eaters can moisten palates with one of the Brazilian tropical fruit juices and smoothies or bring their favorite brew or grape juice to the BYOB establishment.