Owner Jeff Fryer has spent more than 40 years perfecting his signature smoked salmon. He started making it for family and friends in his backyard and, eventually, started shipping nationwide. Out of the Fire Café opened in 2007. In addition to the famous fish dish, the BYOB restaurant offers lots of other seafood, such as pan-seared jumbo lump crab and prosciutto-wrapped monkfish. Want some deliciousness to go? Some of the eatery’s most beloved creations — including salmon, roasted mushroom soup, homemade dill sauce and a variety of hummus and dressings — are packed and ready for carry-out.
Hollywood Gardens/Brixton Brewing, 169 Pinney St., Rochester
You won’t find TVs at this long-time Rochester watering hole, but there’s plenty of live music and good conversation to go with your deep fried chicken thighs (available in 10 different flavors)! Since 1958, the place has been the locals’ go-to for burgers, sandwiches, wraps, mac and cheese, cheese boards and weekly fish frys. In 2015, Brixton Brewing began selling its beers — named after loyal customers and friends — on-site alongside more than 300 bottled libations.
Melt Bar & Grilled, multiple locations, Ohio
In 2006, musician and chef Matt Fish opened a little punk rock joint in Lakewood, Ohio that specialized in grilled cheesiness. Today, he is the ruler of an ooey-gooey empire. At Melt’s five in-state eateries, folks can choose from an array of WTF?! grilled cheese sandwiches — the Cowabunga, for instance, features deep-fried, atomically hot cheese pizza rolls, marinara sauce, basil pesto, herb cream cheese, provolone and romano — and other gut-busting selections. Some folks are so ravenous about these eats, they’ve had the logo tattooed on their bodies, giving them a 25 percent discount for life! There are more than 700 members of the Melt Tattoo Family.
Buddy Lou’s, 11 E. Main St., Hancock, MD 21750
Located in historic Hancock, Md., Buddy Lou’s is an antique shop that just so happens to dish out incredible eats. The bottom floor is jam-packed with an ever-changing array of treasures ranging from shabby chic furnishings to one-of-a-kind knickknacks. After shopping, head upstairs for some decadent apps, ranging from fresh-cut fries topped with lump crab meat, white cheddar and garlic aioli to lobster mac and cheese.
The Log Cabin Inn, 430 Perry Highway, Harmony, PA 16037
You don’t need a DeLorean to drive back in time. Just head up Route 19 to The Log Cabin Inn. Built around a cabin that dates from the 1800s, this rustic restaurant in Harmony, Pa., specializes in Black Angus beef, seafood, sandwiches, salads and desserts made daily by the in-house pastry chef. You’ll even find seafood battered in Yuengling. The colonial decor and rural setting (there’s a deck overlooking the woods!) will make you say, “Great Scott!”