New York-style pizza and Italian-style Italian food fill the menu at Café Sicilia, a casual neighborhood joint with a welcoming feel. Served by the pie or slice, sizzling pizzas are topped with canadian bacon, mushrooms, capers, artichokes, and other standard or specialty toppings and give off the aromas of toasted crust and melty cheese. Deep dish, sicilian-style pies pack an extra hearty punch, while stromboli and calzones transform the slice into a more compact culinary vehicle.
Outside the pizza realm, Café Sicilia's chefs plate fettucini alfredo, baked ziti, tortellini, and lasagna. Kids can tuck into spaghetti and meatballs or chicken parmigiana, while parents feast on zuppa de pesce, an assortment of seafood layered in zesty marinara. Culinary expeditions conclude with tiramisu, cannoli, and plain or chocolate cheesecake.
A spacious and casual gathering spot, Big Shots Sports Café is where visitors can stretch out, watch the game, and have a burger and beer. The staff will also agree that it’s the kind of place supposed founder Millard P. Foonswaggle would have enjoyed, kicking back after wrestling pythons and generally living on the edge. Inside, patrons sidle up to the bar for a frozen margarita or relax in a booth with an appetizer platter piled with onion strings, buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, pickle chips, fries, and fried jalapeños. Stop in on Wednesday, Saturday, or Sunday nights for games of Texas hold’em or Friday evenings for live music.
The staccato snap of ricocheting billiard balls rises up through a warm chorus of cheering fans, who come together beneath signed jerseys from Josh Hamilton, Terry Bradshaw, and Emmitt Smith and 22 flat-screen televisions. Volcano's all-female staff works to make first-time guests feel like regulars without having to remember the jukebox's birthday, all the while delivering platters laden with half-pound Black Angus burgers crowned in chipotle spread. As darts flick through the air, sauce-covered hot wings fuel investigation into honey-hued cascades of brews and shakers chattering on cool loads of cocktails behind the bar.
New sets of friends formed by the mythological fates who determine shuffleboard teams sip libations while planning strategy. Golden Tee, a virtual golf game that draws a cult following, lets patrons compete against players sprinkled across the country or work on swings without the distraction of clouds shaped like a favorite paramecium. The bright jukebox sings a haunting siren melody to itchy index fingers, and the ambient satellite radio station plays hits from the top of the charts between selections.
If there were a saloon at the border of the fourth dimension where every empty could disappeared to, it would probably look a lot like Ron's Corner Tavern. Behind the shotgun-style bar, cans of all stripes line the walls, hailing from Austria, England, Belgium, and the sprawling beer forests of Germany. The tavern keeps more than 30 craft brews on draught, such as Real Ale Devil's Backbone and Left Hand Milk Stout, and another 50+ in cans and bottles. Though Ron's styles itself as a craft-beer bar, their curated selection of more than 100 kinds of scotch, bourbon, and whiskey would impresses even the most grizzled prospector. Many of those oaken-hued ryes—along with a supporting cast of acai liquer and jalapeño tequila—make appearances in managing partner Mark Kelcher's original specialty cocktails, including the Texas daiquiri and the Blackberry mojito.
For a break in the bacchanalia, the tavern salutes the Lone Star State with a smattering of relaxed New American snacks and entrees. Appetizers, such as panko-breaded fried avocado slices preface entrees including the Texas burger—buried under a mountain of cheddar, bacon, and barbecue sauce.
At Anna's Mexican Grill, chefs build family Tex-Mex recipes from scratch everyday. They get creative with deep-fried cheese-stuffed poblano chili peppers and jumbo shrimp bundled in bacon or honor the classics with traditional enchiladas, tamales, and sizzling fajitas. They also wrap up taco fillings in oversized lettuce leaves, a meal that is light in calories and tastes good, unlike taco fillings wrapped in napkins. On Sunday mornings, the chefs fry and scramble eggs that join onions and ranchero sauce in huevos rancheros and chilaquiles dishes.
A fresh pot of coffee steams on each table at Le Peep, whose diner-style breakfasts and lunches have been hitting tables across the country since the first shop opened nearly 50 years ago. The kitchen staff dips slices of sourdough vienna bread in french custard batter for the signature french toast and transforms fresh eggs into omelets and casserole-style scrambled-egg dishes. Diners can also feast on plates of piping hot chocolate-chip griddlecakes or belgian waffles buried under a heap of dutch apples. Pitas, hoagies, and melts counterbalance breakfasts, as do burgers such as the bacon cheeseburger and the breakfast burger, a morning-style bacon cheeseburger topped with a fried egg and garnished with a picture of a sunrise.