Cleaved through 30 acres of densely situated corn stalks, the Wild West Corn Maze tests voyagers’ senses of direction as they maneuver through the leafy corridors. The cornrows compose 10 distinct mazes, including one with a cowboys-and-aliens theme and an obstacle course where visitors challenge scarecrows to a barrel-rolling duel as they search for the exit. After moving through the agrarian labyrinth, guests with unlimited-level tickets can check out a number of other autumnal attractions, including tractor rides, a farm-animal petting zoo, and a pumpkin patch. The bucolic setting also boasts a massive jumping pillow—an inflatable mat where tykes can bounce in the open air—a pumpkin launcher and a corn cannon, both of which hearken back to the simpler days when all nautical warfare was waged with produce.
Though the business may be new, the cuisine at Bucci's Italian is firmly rooted in the past. The proprietors' forebears, the Bucci and Romano families, tilled the fields of the Brighton area for generations, and future chefs honed their culinary skills in the kitchen of the family farmhouse. Today, guests clink wine glasses over plates of pizza, strombolis, and baked pasta, tasting recipes that have been refined over countless Bucci family dinners and improved by the suggestions of a military supercomputer hidden under the floor. Plasma screens and streamlined light fixtures hover over the tables, and nearby walls pop with ceiling-to-floor strokes of green, white, and red.
Jax Asian Grill's chefs blend pan-Asian influences into a vivid spectrum of fusion fare that includes noodles, spice-rubbed meat, and sushi. In addition to cooking aromatic curries, chefs serve marinated steak in housemade oyster sauce and coat seared scallops with a secret blend of Asian spices. Fire leaps from the kitchen's woks as chefs heat oil for stir-fries or toss spicy peddler’s noodles in chili-oil sauce. Expressive paintings hang throughout the dining room, accented by burnt ocher hues. On Fridays, live music plays during happy hour as patrons sip cocktails or savor the medley of flavors on their plates.
Cold Stone's ice cream inhabits a quantum flux between soft-serve and traditional ice cream, with a rich, creamy texture that whispers tales of its super-premium quality as it glides over taste buds. The ice cream generously welcomes dozens of toppings, as traditional as crumbled cookies and chopped nuts or as quirky as granola and black licorice. Choose your favorite ice cream from among dozens of silky flavors, such as Irish cream and butter pecan. Then make certain no one will try and steal a taste by topping it protectively with brownies, gumballs, and cherry pie filling. Whatever Frankencream you create, it'll be scooped cold off the grill into a freshly made waffle cone or bowl. Cold Stone's ice cream and toppings vary between seasons and location, and they also offer sorbet and an array of lighter toppings such as fruit and honey. Ice-cream creations run between $4 and $6, depending on size.
A public club that features two links-style courses and an on-site restaurant, Riverdale Dunes & Knolls invites club-toting tandems to a day of golf-swing enhancement and digestive enjoyment. During a one-hour semiprivate lesson, one of The Dunes’ golf gurus conducts a symphonic duffer duet, prompting practice shots, pinpointing bad habits, guiding pupils through salubrious swing adjustments, and helping make wholesale improvements, whether they’re hitting with a driver or chipping with salad tongs. Throughout the session, instructors also pause to marinate minds in the philosophical foundations needed for an effective mental game, helping pupils begin to master golf’s notorious psychological ebb and flow.
La Estrellita has been serving up mouth-watering Mexican fare to area residents for more than 20 years. Start with an order of the mexi rolls ($7.50–$8.50), a family creation of ground beef and pico de gallo wrapped in an egg roll and deep fried, or share a plate of spicy chicken wings ($8–$8.50) coated in the family’s award-winning sauce. Main courses such as crab and spinach enchiladas ($9–$10) or spicy fish tacos (jalapeño-marinated tilapia grilled with caramelized onions, $10) are sure to please aquaphiles, while a combination plate such as the costillas adobadas (country-style ribs served with rice and beans, $10–$11) will satisfy even the most insatiable talking plant. Most of La Estrellita’s entrees can be served vegetarian upon request, much to the delight of vegetarians and those who derive energy through photosynthesis. Conclude any meal as sweetly as a Marlon Brando after-school special with an order of the dessert nachos ($6–$6.29) or one of La Estrellita’s 15+ margarita flavors (starting at $5.50).