Sporting the same smiling staff since it opened in 2007, Dena's Diner dishes up a delicious menu of homemade comfort cuisine in quaint, family-friendly surroundings. Homemade soups such as Dena's award-winning sweet-corn chili ($2.95–$3.95) along with fresh salads ($2.75–$8.85) and slow-roasted meat dishes transport diners to halcyon childhood meals brimming with savory flavors and gravy-faced relatives.
Artrageous's chef Teri Scheff has award-winning backgrounds in both ceramic sculpture and the culinary arts, using her dual talents to mold, chisel, and hew only the most scrumptious, statuesque sweets. Snag cute custom cupcakes ($0.65––$3.50 each) topped with icing poodles, ladybugs, or sunflowers to add character to bare cupcake trees. Or choreograph flavors such as chocolate turtle, opera cream, and peanut-butter cup into numeric arrangements to commemorate a birthday, anniversary, or improved credit score. Rich tortes such as the apricot- and raspberry-filled amaretto stone sour refine blasé dinner parties in petite 6-inch ($20) and buff 8-inch ($37) varieties, and the ganache-covered chocolate-mousse bomb makes a perfect visual aid for schooling young CIA agents in the art of defusing an explosive with your mouth.
The skilled chefs at Bacalls Café have spent nearly 30 years pleasing patriotic palates with a menu that bursts at the seams with classic American cuisine. Fuel table talk with an appetizer of thinly sliced onion straws ($4.95), or plunge spoon-first into a rotating selection of Stockmarket soups ($2.95/cup), which fluctuates more often than forecasts of bear attacks. The southwest spicy burger sates patty-craving bellies with a half-pound of meat seasoned with southwest spices and served with pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and jalapeños ($9.95). Rival Mom's home cooking with a plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and fresh veggies ($10.50), or champion a chicken stir-fry served over rice pilaf ($12.45). Bacalls Café¬––with its classic brick façade, yellow awnings, and handsome tree-lined storefront––welcomes guests into an endearing, vintage-style dining space replete with a wooden bar, checkerboard tiles, and Calvin Coolidge cardboard cut-out.
You can still spot founder Bill “Mr. Goodies” Dickerson strolling around the Goodies Barbecue kitchen, testing sauces and ensuring the pork, ribs, and chicken are slowly pit-smoked just right. His daughter Creola Robinson has now taken over his business, overseeing the chefs as they dry-rub meats, fry up fish, and bake peach cobbler and chess pie.
They season a tangy tomato base with dashes of brown sugar and vinegar, resulting in the hot and mild barbecue sauces that reporters from City Beat lauded as “legendary.” The barbecue artists have been perfecting these recipes since the restaurant's founding in 1986, and today, their sauce can be found on the shelves of local grocery stores and flowing out of the water fountains of select community parks.
Good barbecue is all about the sauce. When Robert “Big Bob” Scott perfected his mom’s famous sauce, customers clamored for it so intensely that the family went from offering samples in grocery-store parking lots to creating the eatery now known as Scott’s BBQ. The menu centers around traditional barbecued meats perfected over four generations. Instead of soaking, smoking, or tenderizing them with a sterile cowboy boot, the kitchen seasons its pork ribs and chicken well before searing them over a charcoal grill. From-scratch side dishes such as creamy coleslaw and collard greens complement the Big Bob’s smoky sauce. Even the desserts are made from scratch, concluding meals with 7-Up pound cake and peach cobbler.
Armed with an army of innovative and certified shutterbugs, Olan Mills Portrait Studio provides families with high-quality portraits, continuing a mission that was established more than 75 years ago by founder Olan Mills Sr. Skilled in the art of capturing infants, children, families, and bunny-ears-giving ghost orbs on film, Olan Mills’s experienced smile snappers will take a series of poses amid a variety of backgrounds and lighting options. The studio is equipped with a selection of props—including numbers for birthdays, toys, and boxes—and patrons may bring their own photo-enlivening items from home. The resulting photos find their way to prints in natural color, black and white, or sepia tones; they can also be immortalized in the studio's signature Old Masters style, a canvas brushed with highlights to recreate look of an oil painting. Like the gentlemanly mariners of ages past with their full schedule of sea-battles, the photographers welcome appointments, but do not require them.