If customers happen to notice that Royal Limousine operates with military-level precision, it's for good reason. A team of former armed-services personnel run the company, bringing to the limo business the same attention-to-detail and punctuality that they picked up in the service. The courteous chauffers arrive promptly at their appointed destinations at the helm of a stretch limousine, party bus, or even a double-decker bus, whom they've taught to say, "Yes, sir!" Once the human cargo is safely and snugly on board, the drivers navigate traffic en route to any number of destinations around the city, from wedding chapel to wine country.
The gastropub dishes at @ Elm Street Grill meld locally sourced and organic ingredients. Steak and seafood headline the culinary selection, but there's no shortage of burgers and other sandwiches. There are even options from non-American traditions, such as the Indian-Styled Chicken Tikka Masala. Beyond grilling cuisine, as the eatery's name hints, the chefs can smoke salmon, though, since its salmon, the smoke will waft downward toward the floor rather than up to the ceiling.
The clacking of pool balls is the nightly soundtrack at Gate City Billiards Club. Public and private rooms feature 11 Brunswick Gold Crown tables and 3 Diamond tables, which allow for open-play and league games?as well as lessons helmed by experienced instructors. Though pool is the main attraction, the space also welcomes casual play with a ping pong table, dart boards, and foosball tables, and camaraderie around live sports shown on eight flat-screen TVs. An on-site bar serves more than 50 beers and spirits.
At any given time, the Rioja! WineKeeper's handsome wooden casing houses 12 bottles in a temperature-controlled setting. These conditions keep the wines fresh and result in a full-flavored pour. A quick flick of the tap and a crisp white or bold red streams into Riedel crystal, the only glassware used at Rioja! A Wine Bar. Between these sophisticated pouring and storing methods, and the sheer immensity of the full selection—some 800 wines—Rioja!'s dedication to the appreciation of wine is palpable.
Their tapas menu was designed with elegant pairings in mind and—much like playing "spin the bottle" at the UN—highlights flavors from around the world. Prosciutto bruschetta, stuffed dates, and a chorizo and manchego plate show off the kitchen's Mediterranean leanings. South African-style jerky, on the other hand, indicates a willingness to infuse an Old World dining tradition with New World recipes. The bartenders also keep a healthy selection of craft beers from brewers such as Bell's, Duck Rabbit, and Founders.