Take a quick glance over iSushi Cafe's menu, and you may feel as though you've accidentally picked up the brochure for a local aquarium. Seafood of all kinds pack into tightly rolled maki and balls of rice, mixed with crisp vegetables. Pieces of fresh yellowtail, octopus, tuna, and shrimp find their way into a diverse slate of dishes. And house special rolls feature creative combinations, with spicy flavors and ingredients as unexpected but useful as the Internet was in the American Revolution.
More than 19 big-screen TVs hang above tables lined with burgers, nachos, and build-your-own pizzas at Sidelines Sports Pubs. Sirloin and rib-eye steaks sizzle on the grill, as do portions of chicken and salmon. Liquid nourishment including beer on tap matches with karaoke, free poker, pool, and games such as bags and bowling to foster a more entertaining meal than eating a steak in the rafters of an opera house.
The kid-approved cadet menu at Heroes makes it family-friendly, while its military theme gives the classic pizzeria and deli fare an air of official sanction. Go directly to the top of the food chain with the general: a sausage, pepperoni, bacon, ham, and ground beef pizza floating in a sea of cheese ($12.99 for a 12-inch). Heroes' crew of hunger fighters sends appetites off the radar with navy subs; try the commander, chicken strips topped with melted mozzarella and provolone cheese ($6.29), or its airborne cousin, the aviator ($6.29), which takes off on wings of marinated beef with melted cheese and sautéed peppers and onions.
N'awlins Creole Café is authentic to the cuisine and culture of the Big Easy, right down to the zydeco band living inside the soda machine. The restaurant ships in all its seafood from New Orleans, giving customers the freshest catches from the baitsmiths of the bayou. Menu items include several 6-inch po' boy sandwiches, including the classic shrimp po' boy ($8) and an alligator sausage variety, as well as traditional Crescent City jambalaya ($8.50) with chicken and hot, smoked sausage. Seafood plates (with one side, French bread, and house or potato salad) include a dozen fried shrimp or oysters ($12), and a seafood platter ($14) contains the tasty troika of shrimp, oysters, and catfish. Indecisive fleur-de-lis fanatics can opt for N'awlins Creole Café's sampler platter ($12), featuring jambalaya, red beans, rice, and the choice between gumbo with crawfish or shrimp étouffée.
The first thing you want to do with a hot pizza is dig in, but if you're so inclined, go ahead and count the pepperoni first. Donatos promises that every pepperoni pizza, sized large or larger, will have at least 100 slices of lean pepperoni spread across the pie. That's just one of the many flourishes that Donatos, founded in 1963, has used to distinguish itself from the rest. There's also its Edge to Edge promise: a guarantee that every pie will be loaded from one end to the other with toppings, from said pepperoni slices to family-recipe sausage to fresh, hand-cut veggies. Donatos' formula seems to have worked, as the once small Italian eatery now spans the nation with more than 150 locations.
Beyond its classic pizzas, Donatos offers many specialty pies, including its chicken spinach mozzarella and Mariachi beef. Each is framed with naturally smoked, aged provolone cheese on top and cornmeal-encrusted dough, from a 50-year old recipe, below. Donatos even offers gluten-free pizzas on its signature Udi's crust. For those searching out other Italian fare, the menu features robust stromboli stuffed with meats and cheeses, and hearty subs. And for dessert, Donatos creates its warm cinnamon brick-street bread, an oven-baked loaf of artisan pull-apart bread with cinnamon spread, streusel, and vanilla icing.
As the baby yawns and wiggles his or her fingers, a chorus of coos fills the room. As she peeks in on her child months before his or her birth, the mother-to-be points out similarities between her own nose and the tiny one that's displayed in the 3D image onscreen. The technician smiles and moves the ultrasound device to reveal a more complete view of the baby's face as family and friends look on.
Precious Peek 4D Ultrasound hosts these seemingly miraculous occurrences five days a week. With scanning technology similar to that of traditional 2D ultrasounds, the staff can give eager parents a real-time 3D glimpse of their babies. They preserve records of the session with photographs in a variety of packages, which range in complexity from 2D pictures that disclose the child's gender to bundles that include CDs, DVDs, and a press-conference reporter to jot down the baby's first statement. Based on the expectant mom's due date, a Peek Calendar determines the optimum time for an appointment, during which up to 12 guests can gather to view the images as they are projected theater-style.