Decompress and Dine Out This Fourth of July

July 2, 2015 by sam  |  No Comments

Get your red, white, and blue attire ready because the Fourth of July is just around the corner! Too lazy to fire up the grill? No problem! Plenty of restaurants are open, so kick back, relax, and leave it up to the pros! We’ve compiled a list of the most patriotic restaurants to dine out at and enjoy the holiday.

Wild Wing Café, Charleston, SC. Celebrate the Fourth of July at Wild Wing Café and enjoy live music and drink specials, plus their suck-the-bone-dry wing and rib options. They offer 33 different flavor options for their chicken wings from the bold, red, hot, and bleu, to mama’s southern Bubba’s BBQ recipe. I’m proud to live in a country where I can dress my chicken wings in any flavor combination that I want.

Sauced BBQ, Livermore, CA.  l I think we’re all in need of some authentic, Southern inspired BBQ for the Fourth. Come on down and get your fix at Sauced BBQ. From Carolina pulled pork, sliced brisket, St. Louis spare ribs, smoked sausage, to burnt ends, which are twice smoked, twice rubbed cubes of juicy brisket. I can guarantee you that you’ll be walking out of this five-napkin minimum restaurant licking your fingers clean.

Lillie Q’s, Chicago, IL. Nestled into the trendy neighborhood of Bucktown lies this hot and smoky Southern BBQ joint. Authenticity is essential here as each rub, sauce, and recipe is created exclusively by Executive Chef Charlie, and is deep-rooted in Southern barbecue traditions. The smoked pulled pork sandwich, smoked fried chicken, and fall off the bone spare ribs are a “must-have” this Independence day!

Ford Garage, Fort Myers, FL. This burger, milkshake, and craft-beer joint gives homage to American legend, Henry Ford. Ford Garage has the look of a 1920s service station and is decked out with actual Model Ts from the automotive giant as well as archived historical photos. Not only does the décor scream USA, but so does the menu. They offer a wide array of mac-n-cheese options, old-fashioned malted shakes, and a menu of over 180 craft beers. But that’s not all. Ford Garage offers a rare specialty: a 10-pound monster burger of juicy, Black Angus beefy goodness. This ginormous burger is the actual size of a Model T Wheel, and the bun is the size of a seat cushion! Is there anything more perfect than celebrating the Fourth with one of these bad boys?

Cali Comfort BBQ, Spring Valley, CA. If you’re fingers are not dripping with saucy goodness, then you’re not doing Independence Day right. Not sure what melt-in-your-mouth, savory meat you want to try? Well lucky for you, Cali Comfort BBQ makes it easy. The BBQ Combo Plate allows you to create your own two-meat combo platter from pork ribs, pulled pork, BBQ chicken, brisket, a pound of rib tips or tri-tip. And remember that childhood golden rule: “always save room for dessert?” Well here at Cali Comfort BBQ, this is a must. Their wicked peach cobbler is all their customers can rave about! So don’t make the mistake of overlooking this decadent dessert menu.

Slater’s 50/50, San Diego, CA. This contemporary joint is home to the famous 50/50 burger: 50% ground beef, 50% bacon. Is there anything truly more American than burgers and bacon? Chow down on one of these 50/50 burgers, with a bacon cocktail, or maybe dip your fries into some bacon infused ketchup, or how about a bacon brownie sundae? Are your bacon cravings satisfied yet because this is bacon me crazy.

If you don’t want to wait in line, why wait around at all? Don’t forget to use our NoWait App, to help you get to dinner faster! Enjoy the holiday right!

Cincinnati Spotlight: Restaurants You Must Try

June 30, 2015 by sam  |  No Comments

First Watch. Freshness is key at this daytime breakfast, brunch, and lunch café. This restaurant chain is at the vanguard of the health-conscious sector of the food industry. Whether you’re ordering a superfood kale salad, or one of their many freshly squeezed juices using all natural fruits and vegetables, or a protein-packed, power breakfast quinoa bowl, they keep nutritional value without sacrificing flavor.

Lachey’s. You’ll definitely feel the heat at former 98-degrees superstar, Nick Lachey’s sports bar. The theme here is “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere,” from their 5 o’clock wings to their unique and elaborate drink menu. And you certainly do not want to miss out on their half off signature tot bowls on Fridays. This favorite starter comes with three different flavors of tater tots: jerk rub, spicy garlic, or bacon and cheddar cheese, all served with beer cheese, malt vinegar aioli, and Lachey’s ketchup. I don’t blame Napoleon Dynamite for not wanting to share his tots either…

Dewey’s Pizza. If you are looking for some wacky, over the top, awesome pizzas, Dewey’s Pizza is the place you want to be. With an incredible list of pizzas, salads, and calzones, it’ll be hard to pick just one thing! Dewey’s offers pizzas like the “Edgar Allan Poe” with olive oil, mozzarella-fontina blend, mushrooms, roasted garlic, kalamata olives, and goat cheese, with fresh tomatoes and parsley after the bake. Or try their candied walnut and grape salad with field greens, candied walnuts, red grapes and gorgonzola cheese, tossed with Dewey’s citrus basil vinaigrette. With eight different locations in Cincinnati, you have no excuse not to stop in today!

Keystone Bar. Comfort food and great beer is the perfect recipe for this casual dining spot. What’s not to love about 9 different varieties of mac-n-cheese all named after celebrities. Want to indulge in Pink Floyd, which is a mac-n-cheese loaded with bacon and caramelized onions, or how about the BB King, which has BBQ chicken and bacon on it, or maybe you’re in the mood for some Fleetwood Mac, which is piled high with mozzarella, pesto, and tomatoes. The choice is up to you!

Taft’s Ale House. Located in this former church, is a brand-new, three-level brewery, bar, and restaurant. This three-story brewpub gives homage to former President, William Howard Taft, as various antiques of his are tucked away throughout the venue. But aside from the unforgettable atmosphere, Taft’s is known for their tri-tip steak, which undergoes a 21-day, five-step preparation process before it is served to perfection on our plates. And you certainly do not want to overlook the long list of original brews, which come with their own set of unique hops, tropical hints, dark aromas, and refreshing flavors. This is definitely a destination spot.

Delicio Coal Fired Pizza. At this artisan pizzeria, you will find a menu packed with Italian flavor and fresh ingredients. If you’re craving pizza, try their Cheddar Mac Pizza, with zesty crème fraiche, formaggio-fusione, aged cheddar and mezzaluna macaroni. And if none of these “serious pies” are what you are in the mood for, go ahead and make your own, as they offer a plethora of homemade sauces, cheeses, and toppings for your own creation. And pizzas aren’t the only thing on this succulent menu; order from their long list of sandwiches, soups, and appetizers, too!

Buffalo Wild Wings. With an unbelievably long list of wings, “sharables”, burgers, sandwiches, and drinks, you simply can’t go wrong at Buffalo Wild Wings! B-Dubs offers two types of wings: traditional wings, and boneless wings, as well as 21 sauces ranging from salt and vinegar seasoning to BLAZIN’ so you will be sure to find a flavor you love. If you’re in the mood to try something else, you will definitely want to try their grilled chicken “buffalito,” with two soft flour tortillas, grilled chicken, lettuce, pico de gallo, a blend of cheeses, sour cream and your favorite B-dubs sauce or dry seasoning. But you definitely won’t want to leave without trying one of their delicious desserts, like their dessert nachos, with four scoops of vanilla ice cream a top a cinnamon and sugar crust, a few cheesecake bites for sharing and chocolate and caramel sauce to top it all off. Are you drooling yet?

Gluten Free? No Problem.

June 25, 2015 by abigail  |  No Comments

We know that while sticking to a gluten free diet, it can be hard to find good restaurants and enjoyable meals. With the number of people with Celiac and those who are gluten-intolerant rising, why should you be forced to stay at home and cook when you can go out and dine on the town? We have compiled a list of our favorite restaurants that have gluten-free menus with not only edible, but delicious. Continue Reading »

Welcome to NoWait – Fat Heads Brewery and Saloon Cleveland!

June 24, 2015 by sam  |  No Comments

Let your inner fat self rejoice as our mecca has finally arrived on NoWait! Scour through the Fat Heads menu and you’ll find that any craving you may possibly have (no matter how strange) can be satisfied here. From plump, juicy wings that can be smothered in over 15 different sauces, to the 5 napkin minimum munchies, and how could I forget headwiches, which are sandwiches that are literally the size of your head. Can you believe that this is only the beginning? That’s right. You certainly don’t want to miss out on a half-pound of beefy goodness in a triple bypass burger, the thick rick, or the parma sutra which is a bacon cheeseburger topped with a pierogie! Then take a look at the wide array of stone oven pizzas, burritos, and big fat melts to sink your teeth into. Continue Reading »

National Martini Day

June 19, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

“One martini is all right.  Two is too many, and three is not enough.” – James Thurber

The dry martini has become a timeless American classic; it’s strong, sophisticated, and sexy (which is what I certainly try to embody while ordering one). The traditional martini is made with gin and vermouth, but martinis made with vodka have become popularized by its most famous proponent James Bond. Today, in honor of the lore of this classic cocktail, we composed a list of the top 10 places to sit back, and sip on a beloved martini. Continue Reading »

Eat With Your Entourage

June 18, 2015 by sam  |  Comments Off

Want to eat like the Entourage quartet? Live the glamorous life of the rich, the famous, and the beautiful? Well you can! We’ve compiled a list of the top five hot spots where you may very well run into Entourage crew with your very own entourage! Wine and dine like E, Turtle, Johnny Drama, Vince, and our beloved Ari Gold. These places have your fingers on the pulse of the chic, bougie, and trendy restaurants to dine out at. Continue Reading »

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