While steaks and burgers come to mind first when talking about American food, the country’s culinary repertoire is as wide as the span between its coasts. Here are a few of Bahrain’s iconic venues serving quintessential fare from the Land of Liberty.
Ric’s Kountry Kitchen
One of the oldest and most-loved dining spots in Juffair, Ric’s Kountry Kitchen serves hearty American food that satisfies the senses and satiates the appetite. The restaurant has continued to woo guests with homemade tastes and fine ingredients, building a loyal fanbase over the years. With Yankee crowd pleasers like burritos, Southern style fried chicken and Cajun meatloaf served in generous portions and reasonable prices, no wonder this venue has stood the test of time on the island.
Call 17 725-550.
Big Texas Barbeque & Waffle House
Big Texas claims to stand out from other restaurants in Bahrain due to the painstaking attention to detail that is given to its slow-smoked meats. The secret to the venue’s success is simple – homestyle recipes that involve long cooking times of over 14 hours at a low temperature, with 100 per cent wood smoke and great quality meat. The restaurant also prides itself with offering guests great value for money, with prices significantly lower than other venues. Besides steaks, guests also make a beeline for delicious chicken wings, with a choice of seven flavours to pick from.
Call 17 360-063.
CUT by Wolfgang Puck
Located at the Four Seasons Bahrain Bay, CUT is a sleek and modern American steak restaurant that delivers innovation at every level through its unique culinary, service and design combination. The menu of this acclaimed restaurant features the widest and best selection of beef available, from prime dry- and wet-aged beef, along with premium shellfish and whole fresh fish. Guests are treated to a view of the chef’s state-of-the-art kitchen and a striking panorama that extends over the pool and across the hotel’s lush grounds to the city of Manama. Besides a delicious Filet Mignon and New York Striploin, the menu features interesting dishes like Steamed Loup De Mer ‘Hong Kong Style’, Veal Schnitzel, and Local Sikken Ceviche. Desserts include mouthwatering sweet treats to round off the sumptuous meal.
Call 17 115-044.
Black Tap Craft Burgers & Shakes
Black Tap is an homage to the great American luncheonette experience. The menu features burgers ranging from the classic All-American to The Vegan Burger, along with burger salad options, wings and sides. The wagyu beef Greg Norman Burger won “People’s Choice” at the New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash competition three years in a row, from 2015-17. Black Tap’s signature CrazyShake™ milkshakes have reached worldwide acclaim with their whimsical and over-the-top decorations and flavours such as The Cotton Candy Shake and The Brooklyn Blackout Shake.
Call 17 100-363.
From the very first outlet of T.G. I Fridays on Third Avenue in downtown New York, the American eatery has come a long way to become a name synonymous with great food and beverages packed with authentic American flavours. The menu offers a smart choice of steaks and ribs, accompanied with lip smacking sides and sauces. Succulent burgers and main course items vie for equal attention, as do pasta, seafood and Tex-Mex dishes. And of course, desserts and milkshakes at T.G.I.F are a must-try!
Call 17 827-009.
For the last two decades, Bennigans has wowed the crowds with the big, bold flavours of American cuisine, with a distinct Irish twist. With two branches conveniently located in Juffair and Amwaj, the outlet has earned a great reputation with locals and expats alike. From breakfast to lunch, dinner and everything in between, Bennigans has something for everyone. The venues have regular dining promotions and special offers that keep customers coming back for more, besides the delicious fare served. With show-stopper sandwiches, pub bites, prime burgers, thirst-quenching coolers and much more, a meal at Bennigans is not to be missed.
Call Juffair at 17 813-750 and Amwaj at 16 030-104/05.
Black Angus Bahrain
Located in Seef, Black Angus offers a unique ambience spread over two floors to complement some outstanding American fare. Diners can dig in to top-quality certified Angus Beef and other steak cuts, as well as a wide variety of scrumptious dishes, appetisers, signature mocktails and desserts. Other popular dishes include the Tomahawk steak, barbeque ribs, grills, Buffalo Wings and seafood. With its warm hospitality, and skilled team, the venue is a perfect setting for a spontaneous lunch, weeknight dinners, as well as an unforgettable experience that’s worthy of special occasions.
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The Cheesecake Factory
An American icon, The Cheesecake Factory’s menu boasts over 250 selections made fresh from scratch daily, including Small Plates & Snacks, Appetizers, Pastas, Fish and Seafood, Steaks, Salads, Sandwiches and Pizzas.
Guests can also choose from a lower-calorie SkinnyLicious™ Menu. The eatery is famous for its generous portions– but be sure to save room for dessert! Be spoilt for choice with a selection of over 30 legendary cheesecakes and speciality desserts like the Oreo® Dream Extreme Cheesecake, Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake, and Linda’s Fudge Cake. The Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake, which is topped with glazed fresh strawberries, has proved to be the most popular flavour for over 40 years.
Call 17 110-600.