Inside Amy’s Patio Café, it's always springtime. Modeled after a garden patio, the dining room is suffused with the scents of hanging plants and illuminated by rays of sunlight streaming in through the windows. Diners can dig into healthy options that include a gruyere-asparagus omelet or dig into heartier fare, such as customizable burgers. The staff can also prepare meals for pick-up if customers call ahead.
Within its intimate spa space, the professionally trained team of nimble-fingered professionals at Brio assuages weary hands and feet with an indulgent duo of manicure and pedicure services. During the manicure, guests select from a shaken libation of puckered pink-lemonade, blueberry, or apple-martini flavors that tartly unhinges the senses. Finger and toe shields are sufficiently soaked, trimmed, clipped, and filed before they are topped with an armored color of choice. Set aside an hour with your mates or cabin boys to rove Brio's seas of undulated relaxation, where you can share cocktails while spreading unsubstantiated rumors.
Some chefs attend faraway schools or universities to learn how to cook, but for Emma Sue Miller McWhorter—the inspiration behind Big Mama's Rib Shack & Soul Foods—it was natural. Though she's gone to the big kitchen in the sky, a little bit of her soul can be seen today in the restaurant's hot links, saucy ribs, and fried chicken, which the Los Angeles Times called "beautifully cooked; moist, flavorful."
Bubbling pots of gumbo and jambalaya fill the eatery's air with rich smells and fill mouths with equally rich flavors when paired with sides such as corn bread, fried okra, or mac 'n' cheese served in the southern tradition of adding dairy to everything. Guests can enjoy live music on Tuesday nights, which ranges in musical style from jazz and R&B to soul and rock 'n' roll.
Founded in 1983 as a delivery-focused business, Pinocchio's Pizza began crafting New York–style pizzas in its current high-ceilinged home three years ago. As topping-strewn pies and house-made pastas travel from the kitchen into the wood-paneled dining room, guests monitor nearby flat-screen TVs tuned to football and professional staring leagues and sip wine and beer in a semi-enclosed arched bar area. As the notes of live jazz float over tables on Saturday nights, private shindigs take place in a nearby banquet room, where chandeliers look down benevolently at special events.