Below Elite Cigar Cafe's black tin ceiling, teeth-clenched stogies smolder and reach for the sky with aromatic plumes. The humidor stocks 90 cigar varieties, from everyday indulgences to high-end smokes such as the Serie 1926 from Padron, which has earned a spot on Cigar Aficionado's yearly list of The 25 Best Cigars on more than one occasion. Alongside the leather-appointed smoking lounge is a full bar and café replete with wide-screen televisions, southwestern cuisine, and a healthy selection of bottled and free-range beers.
Celebrity photos, including a portrait of former regular Mickey Mantle, line the wood paneled walls of Jaxx Steakhouse, known for its flavorful steaks, seafood, and pasta and its 1930s-style decor. Inside the kitchen, Chef Marcelino grills juicy pepper steaks with brandy demi-glace and pairs crabmeat-stuffed jumbo shrimp with tender filet mignon and garlic mashed potatoes. Lighter fare includes pan-seared ahi tuna, zero-gravity tossed salads, and low-carb lemon-basil chicken. An extensive wine list stands by to add accompaniment to meals, while single-malt scotch and espresso drinks tap in to finish off dinners along with a tag-team of desserts, such as white-chocolate bread pudding and crème brûlée.
The 500, Inc.'s name stems from its very first fundraising campaign in 1965. Setting out to raise $5,000 for the Dallas Civic Opera, founder Polly Lou Moore convinced 500 individuals to each donate $10. It took only three months to collect every dollar. Since then, The 500, Inc. has aided more than 40 of the area's visual-, theatrical-, and musical-arts organizations by raising more than $12 million in donations and countless hours of volunteer support—all helping to honor the legacy of those first 500 mustaches doodled over Alexander Hamilton’s portrait.
Self-proclaimed "Seafood King" Chef Chicho prepares authentic Peruvian ceviches and fish entrees alongside traditional accompaniments such as rice, yucca, and fries. The menu also delves into traditional land-based dishes, such as grilled chicken and sauteed beef steak. On Friday nights, the strains of Latin karaoke fill the air while Saturdays and Sundays bring salsa, merengue, and bachata moves to the dance floor.
Framed jerseys line slate-gray walls inside The Hub's spacious dining room, whose black furniture mirrors a high, black ceiling striped with exposed piping. Eight HD projectors and 28 HD televisions beam athletic endeavors toward sports fans savoring burgers and sandwiches available until midnight, when the kitchen transforms back into a pumpkin. If not brandishing a cue at one of the pool tables, patrons to grab a club for virtual golf, whose blue sky and green field span an entire wall.