Holding the honor of AZ Central’s 2012 Critics’ Pick for Best Korean Restaurant, Chodang Tofu & BBQ keeps bellies warm and sated with piping hot vessels of tofu soup and other specialties. Guests come for that soup––a tribute to the Korean town of Chodang, a locale known for its tofu––as much as for the banchan, or side dishes that accompany the meal, such as kimchi, apple slaw, and seaweed salad. As for the rest of the menu, guests can dig into platters of bulgogi or plates of steamed dumplings or delve into hot stone bowls of the much-lauded dolsat bibimbap.
In 1983 Nord Brue and Mike Dressell decided that it didn't matter how far Burlington, Vermont was from New York City; no distance was too great to limit their access to New York-style bagels. So they spent 2.5 years apprenticing with a professional bagel baker from the city until they mastered the technique. Once they were comfortable with their skills and had accepted that it doesn't actually hurt the bagel to bite it, they opened their first Bruegger's Bagels, a casual bakery and café. Today, they have more than 300 eateries across the United States and Canada, each hawking freshly baked bagels, cream cheeses, sandwiches, coffee, and desserts.
At Foot Spa's locations in Plano and Richardson, the precise application of controlled pressure figures into every holistic treatment. Reflexologists stir mint flavored salt into soaking tubs, immersing clients' feet in the infused water before applying a therapeutic massage to the feet, hands, and ears. Acupressure massages are similar in spirit to acupuncture, except therapists use their fingers to target specific points along the body that stimulate natural healing processes and save their needles for hunting wild balloon animals.
Cultures mingle at Takamatsu Restaurant. While you sizzle marinated meats at tabletop grills, you can catch football, baseball, and other pro sports on the many TVs. Sake bombs keep the atmosphere lively, and helpful staffers will take over grilling duties in case you want to focus on the game.
From the creators of casual-dining chain P.F. Chang’s comes Pei Wei, a fast-casual spot that’s dedicated to serving Asian-style food on the go. The restaurant’s ramen selection may not be extensive, but it makes up for this with a litany of lunchtime dishes inspired by Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Thai traditions.