Within the colorful walls of The Academy for the Performing Arts' 10,000-square-foot facility, enthusiastic instructors instill confidence in the leaders and creative thinkers of tomorrow. Kids benefit from small class sizes and a high teacher-to-student ratio during dance classes such as tap, ballet, hip-hop, and cheerleading, or half-day preschool programs that incorporate dance, music, and visual art. Kids aged 2?4 fine-tune their gross motor and social skills while older children can prepare for recitals or become members of the center's dance company.
The academy also keeps parents in shape with adult fitness classes such as boot-camp sessions led by a personal trainer or high-energy Zumba workouts. The crew hosts children during a bimonthly parents' night out that allows adults to take some well-deserved time for themselves and finally engage in a critical debate of Kung Fu Panda.
Instead of rubbing elbows with strangers, diners at Hibachi Xpress enjoy all the speed and flavor of communal hibachi cooking from the comfort of private tables. The locally owned and operated restaurant's expert chefs create high-quality, made-to-order hibachi cuisine and sushi sans showboating, thrusting their savory creations into the spotlight all on their own. Hibachi entrees such as the chicken and mixed vegetables are cooked with teriyaki sauce, fried or white rice, and zucchini and onions ($7.75), and tempura dishes such as the shrimp and vegetables take a dip into the hot-oil hot tub ($8).
Chippy's takes its name from the British term for french fries, a dish that the eatery knows a little something about. Chippy's offers five types of fries, including bacon-cheese, curry, and sweet potato. These crunchy favorites accompany beer-battered cod filet in the fish-and-chips platter, and sit next to pulled pork sandwiches and bratwurst. On the weekends, Chippy's throws its hat into the brunch ring with breakfast sandwiches and strawberry french toast.
There's nothing pretentious about a gyro from Greek Garden.?The foil-wrapped sandwich is served on a white plastic plate, but this casual presentation doesn't stop it from being the eatery's most popular dish. After all, when a sandwich has tender slices of lamb and steak, crisp veggies, and cucumber sauce going for it, it doesn't need much else. Regulars at Greek Garden have also fallen in love with the falafel patties, the housemade hummus, and the flaky slices of baklava (made from scratch, of course).
Beltline Brew Tours has all of the Capital City's breweries in their back pocket. On exclusive tours spanning across 18 Triangle-area breweries, guests learn about the local craft beer scene while sipping multiple sample of award-winning brews. Private tours are also available for large groups.