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When a school of music also contains a live-performance venue, it’s an indicator that the lessons stick. Such is the case with the Columbia Academy of Music, where private practice rooms sit just steps from The Bridge, a club accustomed to welcoming musical talent from down the street and around the country. A stage within range of instruction can inspire even the most stage-frightened students to step into the spotlight, where they’ll get the hands-on, feet-on stage experience that renders books worthless.
The academy’s tuneful staffers are no strangers to this kind of public performance—some instructors have shared the stage with the likes of Chuck Berry, Sting, and Hank Williams III—but many also are experts in what goes on behind the music. In lessons tailored for all ages, skill sets, and music-making manners, the school strengthens the confidence of budding musicians in once-a-week sessions. Instrument instruction infuses students with techniques across a range of musical genres; audio-production and engineering courses teach students how to make solid records and tolerate most singers’ misguided requests for more Steak-Umms in the monitor.
Cafe Berlin fills its kitchen with vegetables, coffee, dairy, free-range eggs, and other natural and organic foods from local farms, including Patchwork Family Farms, Green Hills Harvest Dairy, and Lakota Coffee Company. Breakfast, which is served all day, includes dishes such as Turkish-style eggs, french toast, and pancake burritos—a large pancake that enfolds two scrambled eggs and Patchwork bacon, served with maple syrup. Black-bean quesadillas, burgers with local, organic beef, and housemade soups crown the lunch menu and pair with an array of alcoholic and nonalcoholic drinks.
Plastic dinosaurs and Godzilla figures dot the sunny dining room, where they hang from the rafters, sit on the counter, and gnaw on table legs. Patrons can gaze at the eclectic decor while listening to live music or tales from the Porch Light storytelling series.
Midway One Stop Diner's staff takes its homestyle comfort cuisine seriously, especially when it comes to the Big 70 challenge. This platter of seven biscuits, four slices of bacon, two servings of hash browns, and 70 ounces of
creamy sausage gravy is so hearty that it has only been finished by three people. Not to worry, though—the majority of visitors who aren't up to the task have a range of diner classics to choose from, all of which are served 24 hours a day. Three-egg omelets and hot cakes are crafted fresh throughout the day and night alongside platters of grilled or fried pork, steak, or chicken. Another signature dish is the monster burger, a 1-pound patty smothered in cheese and other toppings.
Kostaki’s Pizzeria’s cooks hand-toss their dough, lending it an airy texture before stuffing it with mozzarella and cutting it into St. Louis-style squares within its Cherry Hill kitchen. They can customize pizzas with gyro meat, banana peppers, and the piquant sauces that also flavor their chicken wings. They also whip up a 14 specialty pies, such as a BBQ Chicken, Hawaiian, and the Flagstone, which hoists hefty toppings of peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, ham, and italian sausage. The restaurant rounds out its menu with chicken wings, half-pound Angus beef burgers, gyros, and beers from Boulevard and Leinenkugel.
B&B Bagel's name refers to the traditional process of making a bagel: boiling and baking. Whereas many places skip the boiling step, B&B considers it crucial ("If it's not boiled, it's not a bagel," their website states definitively).
It's hard to argue with the results. Any of the shop's classic bagels can be topped with flavored cream cheeses or breakfast meats; there's even a pizza bagel that comes with melted cheese and pepperonis. Of course, bagels aren't the only items on the menu. The shop also serves cinnamon rolls and traditional sandwiches, neither of which are boiled.
There's always something happening this eclectic bar, from standup to trivia to karaoke. Theme nights run Monday–Saturday and draw a diverse and friendly crowd that sips microbrews while playing board games, swigs PBR while dancing the night away, or quaffs other adult libations out of the bar's rentable drinking horns. Two dartboards, a pinball machine, and a jukebox add a vintage element to the spot, and free WiFi keeps patrons connected to the present. Eastside Tavern does not serve food, but folks are encouraged to take advantage of the BYO eats policy.
After 30 years of curating and perfecting recipes, founders Linda and Julie unleashed their culinary powers to create a Roly Poly menu of more than 50 rolls and sandwiches, plus a tempting selection of desserts. Slinging sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the sandwich artisans envelop a variety of inventive ingredients inside warm, floury tortillas, from scrambled eggs to pesto chicken to mustard-splashed tuna. Customized sandwiches may also be rolled to suit various diets, preferences, or carbo-loading competitive mimes.
Working within a lofty stone structure, Geisha Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar’s chefs sear Asian entrees on hibachi grills and tuck French-inspired tidbits into specialty sushi. Across the chic, plum-hued dining room, they’ll sizzle succulent hibachi meats, fresh vegetables, and incriminating tax documents atop slick grill tables. Otherwise, they can pull from a dinner menu filled with fusion entrees such as shrimp and lobster risotto, and Jekyll-and-Hyde pad thai.
Seated among framed photos and wood wainscoting, visitors to The Gathering Place Café munch on hearty servings of daily specials that range from beef burritos to chicken-fried steaks. Serving up kansas city strip steaks every Saturday night and biscuits and gravy each morning, The Gathering Place continuously satiates diners with all local beef and farm-fresh, free-range eggs that wander into the kitchen.
Q's Chinese Restaurant sates hungering lunch and dinner diners with its seafood, chicken, pork, beef, and vegetarian offerings. Evening eaters can consult the expansive dinner menu to kick off any edible festivities, starting with orders of crab rangoon ($2.29) or pot stickers ($3.99) and moving on to more lucrative plate real estate with curry-cream shrimp ($12.99), Szechuan chicken ($8.99), and black bean 'n' beef ($9.99). Herbivores and those with smaller appetites can please palates and stomach-bound crowds with Q's wide array of vegetarian and lighter fare––slimmer servings cooked with no oil and adorned with steamed rice and soup—such as the steamed shrimp ($12.99) or the snow pea 'n' mushroom ($9.99). Noontime noshers can opt for Q's condensed lunch menu, which consists of 20 options, all of which come with a side of steamed or fried rice and a choice of soup and appetizer.
From its perch atop the Bridge Hotel, Carmen's pairs wide-open oceanfront views and city vistas with fresh seasonal cuisine conceived by chef Dudley Rich, who has cooked privately for U.S. presidents. Starters from the dinner menu make apt preludes or small plates, with options such as the eggplant-and-goat-cheese ravioli swirled in a thyme cream sauce ($12). Sizzling with meats sourced from Harris Ranch, veal chops arrive drizzled in truffle butter ($45), and charbroiled filet mignon ($40) fairly accuses its port-wine-and-shallot reduction of smothering it. The entree menu also sates seafood yens with selections such as the peppercorn-crusted swordfish, sauced in a morel-mushroom dressing ($28).
Lee Street Deli has lured college students and loyal locals to its underground sandwich sanctuary and corner store for more than eight decades. Rile up your nostalgia muscles and order a Frito pie ($2.50) off the historic deli's chalkboard menu, or delve further into the flaming penguin juicyburger ($1.85), a loose meat burger blazing with pepperjack cheese, Willies hot sauce, and jalapenos. The sandwich shop stays open until 3 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, which allows you to cure pains of early morning hunger or haziness with a horsey ham and beef sandwich ($4.67) stacked high with ham, roast beef, cheddar cheese, onions, black olives, and horseradish. Tantalize taste buddies with the pepper turkey melt ($4.67) with pepperjack cheese, bacon, and honey mustard caressed in the arms of warm slices of sourdough.
Kampai populates chopsticks with a menu of Japanese flavors, which culinary craftsmen roll into sushi, stir-fry with noodles, and brush onto grilled meats. Appetizer-hounds can nibble on spicy gyoza dumplings ($5) or feast on octopus salad ($5) until they ingest enough suction cups to hang from the rear window of their car. For one-bite wonders, diners can mouth-dive into the Norwegian mackerel sashimi ($13), the dynamite maki roll with spicy salmon and pickle radish ($8), or the specialty kampai roll's bundle of tempura shrimp, avocado, smelt roe, and spicy tuna ($9). In addition to mini sushi morsels, the kitchen employs skilled giants to prepare larger entrees such as gyu yaki soba noodles with shrimp ($12).
Using old family recipes, La Siesta offers fresh, homemade Mexican comfort food. Start out with chicken nachos ($7.95) and queso fundido peppered with chorizo and poblanos ($6.50), or feed a fleet of mouth ships from a la carte items, including cheese enchiladas ($2.50 each), steak tacos ($3.50 each), and chiles rellenos ($3.50 each).
Special entrees such as shrimp fajitas ($14.95) and sautéed tilapia with white wine, black olives, and other veggies ($13.95) fire up tongue ovens, while deep-fried chimichangas combine shredded chicken or ground beef with pico de gallo, rice, and beans in a blanket of cheese, ranchero sauce, and sour cream ($9.95). Knock out lunchtime stomach rumbles with the huevos rancheros burrito, a combo of scrambled eggs and peppers alongside tomatoes, beans, and cheese ($5.95), or lure sweet teeth with flan and fried ice cream (both $3.95).
Anthony's Italian Restaurant's menu bursts with traditional Italian eats, and its signature sweet sauce swathes a bounty of traditional pastas and pizzas. Whether craving a hearty double crust ($11.25+/small) or a deep-dish Chicago-style pie ($11.50+/small), decorate carbohydrate canvases with a potpourri of savory toppings. Or pick a preordained specialty pizza such as the chicken bacon ranch ($11.50–$18.50) or a BLT pie ($10.25–$18). Passionate pasta patrons can twirl forkfuls of fettuccine alfredo (half order, $7.75; full order, $8.75) and unlock rich ricotta-cheese treasures trapped within the large seashell pasta ($8.50), while the hearty italian sub ($6.75) perks up palates with a combo of salami, provolone, ham, and mozzarella. To prime patrons for unbridled noodle consumption, Anthony's polishes palates with a beverage menu featuring Delicato Vineyards white zinfandel and BV Cellar's select merlot ($5/glass), as well as the suds-centric Italian brew Peroni ($3).