Goes ‘Behind the Menu’ in March for American Cuisine Goes 'Behind the Menu' in March for American CuisineArlington Heights, IL  (  American cuisine is a culinary carnival, as diverse and entertaining as its people. It is a fusion of different cultures, regions and personalities that produces gastronomical delights to please every palate.

So what are some specific examples of American cuisine? Ask a half-dozen restaurants and you’ll likely get a half-dozen different answers. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes? Mac ‘n’ cheese? A sizzling steak? Barbecue? Apple pie or a root beer float? proudly announces its March edition of “Behind the Menu,” starring seven restaurants specializing in American cuisine (

“We’re excited to showcase seven great restaurants that dish up American cuisine,” says Cary Chessick, president and CEO. “When I think of cuisine that’s distinctly American, I think of comfort food. And all these restaurants serve creative fare that makes me hungry just looking at the menus. They’re very deserving of this recognition.”

This month’s featured restaurants include: Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern at the Kennebunk Inn in Kennebunk, Maine; BeaterVille Café in Portland, Ore.; Garry’s Grill & Catering in Severna Park, Md.; Georgia Rib Company in Marietta, Ga.; The Ugly Mug & Roc Bar in Minneapolis, Minn.; Deno’s Mountain Bistro in Winter Park, Colo.; and Jimmy Love’s in San Diego, Calif.

“We’re thrilled to be honored by for our distinct American fare,” said Shanna Horner O’Hea, chef and owner (along with husband, Brian) of Academe Maine Brasserie & Tavern. “ introduces us to new patrons and we introduce them to our unique dishes.” O’Hea’s lobster pot pie was featured recently on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate: Reinvented Classics.

BeaterVille Café is an old timey style café that serves a big breakfast in the midst of outlandish decór that’s a mash-up of old car parts, yard art and what lesser minds might dismiss as junk. “We have hearty food, huge helpings and more traffic thanks to,” says owner Bill Lockner. “We like the recognition and the customers brings us.”

Every month “Behind the Menu” focuses on a culinary theme that defines and inspires restaurants across the country, then celebrates the restaurants that bring that theme to life. The monthly “Behind the Menu” theme is selected based on cultural relevance and seasonality, and the restaurants are chosen on how they relate to the theme based on criteria including the restaurant’s popularity with diners, high standards for service, unique cuisine, memorable ambiance and more. is passionate about recognizing the wonderful cuisines and characteristics of its restaurant partners, and is dedicated to helping its restaurant partners create an emotional connection with their patrons. While “Behind the Menu” celebrates American cuisine in the March edition, last month “BTM” featured romantic restaurants in honor of Valentine’s Day.

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