Restaurants ready to please your palate

May 23, 2010 

Whatever food you’re craving, you can satisfy your hunger at area restaurants. Here’s just a sampling of popular eateries.

AMERICAN

Cannon Brewpub: Sandwiches, salads, soups, steaks and pizzas. Homemade beer and a full bar available. 1041 Broadway. 706-653-2337.

Country’s: Barbecue is the specialty here. Original location, 3137 Mercury Drive, 706-563-7604. Country’s on Broad: 1328 Broadway, 706-596-8910; Country’s North, 6298 Veterans Parkway, 706-660-1415.

Wynnton Pit BBQ & Diner: Monday through Saturday, there are different items available on the soul food line. But every day, there’s fried pork chops and chicken, baked chicken, rice, candied yams, deviled eggs, coleslaw and potato salad. 2500 Buena Vista Road, 706-322-5676.

RiverCity Grill: All entrees here cost less than $10 including the 10-ounce sirloin. Chicken, pasta, sandwiches, wraps, seafood, fried green beans and sweet potato fries are available. A wing bar is a lunch favorite. Full bar. 2301 Airport Thruway. 706-221-7903.

ASIAN

Chef Lee’s Peking II: Chinese cuisines with roast pork, beef, chicken or seafood. Specialties include Mongolian beef or chicken and Peking duck. 6100 Bradley Park, 706-653-8888.

Old Siam: Serving lunch and dinner entrees and appetizers like spring rolls, dumpings, pot stickers, noodle dishes, fried rice and curries. 14 11th Street. 706-507-0993.

Chili Thai: Try the national dish of Thailand — Pad-Thai noodles as well as fried rice a nd curries. 5870 Veterans Parkway, Suite C. 706-494-0850.

Osaka: Japanese cuisine, including sushi, sashimi, teriyaki and tempura. Japanese beers and sake (hot or cold). 5592 Whitesville Road. 706-507-1818.

CAJUN/CREOLE

Cafe Le Rue: Seafood gumbo, jambalaya, shrimp and crawfish etouffee, red beans and rice and dirty rice are favorites. 2523 Airport Thruway. 706-507-5851.

CARIBBEAN

Spices from the Caribbean: Caribbean creations, from drinks to desserts. include Jerk chicken, curry chicken, stew fish and carnival shrimp. Alcoholic specialties include the fire shot. Details: 4036 University Ave. 706-568-3533.

EUROPEAN

Meritage Cafe: Three venues offer a variety of dining styles. The Deli Cafe serves sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, quiche and pasta for lunch. The Room at Meritage is a fine-dining destination serving steak and seafood entrees. Tapitinis is an intimate destination serving small plates of dishes including seafood selections. Fine wines and speciality martinis served. 1350 13th St., 706-327-0707.

GERMAN

Bavarian House: A meat-lover’s paradise with various schnitzel and German sausages. Homemade German cakes and torts. German beers and wines. 2528 Weems Road, 706-257-1775.

GREEK

Imbis: An efficient little deli. There are a few tables, but it’s mostly take-out. Gyros and chicken curry are the most popular dishes. 6770 Veterans Parkway, 706-320-0882.

ITALIAN

Caffe Amici: Northern Italian cuisine, including pasta with sauces, steaks, breaded veal, chicken and seafood. 2301 Airport Thruway. 706-653-6361.

Deorio’s Pizza Inn: Pizza and Italian specialties like lasagna, chicken tetrazzini, eggplant parmigiana, manicotti and grinder sandwiches. 2010 Auburn Ave. 706-563-5887.

Woodstone Restaurant: Open for dinner 5-10 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Steak, pasta, pizzas and homemade desserts including creme brulee, tiramisu and baklava. 7500 Veterans Parkway. 706-507-3993.

MEXICAN

El Carrizo: Enchiladas, burritos, chimichangas, sizzling fajitas, tacos, beef and chicken entrees. Beer, wine, margaritas and daiquiris. 5935 Veterans Parkway. 706-653-2120.

El Vaquero: Enchiladas, chile relleno, tamales, burritos, sizzling fajitas and more. Beer, wine, sangrias, margaritas and daiquiris. 2976 North Lake Parkway, 706-317-5900.

Vallarta: Authentic Mexican dishes including tortas or sandwiches, tacos using tongue instead of the usual beef or chicken, or machaca. Tamarind and pineapple drinks, full bar. 2151 Fort Benning Road. 706-682-8895.

SEAFOOD AND STEAK

The Market: Known as the fresh fish joint, specials change daily. Good wine list. 1039 First Ave. 706-320-9733.

Mark’s City Grill: Steaks, pork, pasta, chicken, burgers, sandwiches and salads. 7160 Moon Road. 706-507-3002.

Rose Hill Seafood: Trout, mackerel, flounder, mullet, snapper and catfish come fried or broiled. Oysters raw on half shell, fried or in stew. Shrimp stuffed, boiled or fried. 2621 Hamilton Road. 706-322-4410.

Oscar’s Steak & Seafood: Steaks include ribeye, T-bone and prime rib or filet mignon. Seafood entrees include grouper filet, crab. Details: 4776 Nebula Road, Warm Springs. 706-655-2563.

Ben’s Chophouse Steak & Seafood: Hand-cut steaks, fresh seafood, burgers, chops and pasta dishes. Occasional wine tastings and special dinners. Bar often has live music. Details: 5300 Sidney Simons Blvd. 706-256-0466.

Luke’s Pub & Restaurant: Hand-cut steaks. Seafood includes shrimp, grouper and oysters on half-shell. 6080 Ga. 85, Ellerslie. 706-582-2630.

Buckhead Grill: Black Angus steaks and burgers, chicken and fish entrees and lamb. Boutique wines and special cocktails available. 5010 Armour Road 706-571-9995.

Ezell’s Catfish Cabin: Catfish fried, blackened or grilled and shrimp, chicken strips, hamburger steak, hush puppies and cheese grits. 4001 Warm Springs Road. 706-568-1149.

Loft Restaurant Downstairs: Steak, seafood, unstuffed chicken, double-cut pork chops, sandwiches and salads. Full bar with cocktail specials and wine list. Open for dinner, 5-10 p.m. 1032 Broadway. 706-596-8141.

LaGrange restaurants

C’Sons: “New American Cuisine” such as shrimp tempura, asparagus risotto, smoked duck breast, steaks, scallops and mahi mahi and grouper. Good wine list. Open Tuesday-Saturday for lunch and dinner. 120 Main Street. 706-298-0892.

The Basil Leaf: Seafood, steaks, chicken and pasta dishes for dinner. Gourmet sandwiches, salads and soups for lunch. 109 Main Street. 706-812-1198.

OPELIKA restaurants

Jimmy’s: Cajun favorites such as crawfish etouffee, jambalaya as well as shrimp and grits, beef tenderloin, frog legs and trout. Good wine list. 104 South Eighth Street. 334-745-2155.

The Warehouse Bistro: Coq au vin, pastas, seafood, steaks, pork tenderloin, veal, double beef consomme, crab cakes, oysters. Good wine list. 334-745-6353.

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