Despite its inland locale, Pappy's Grill on 79 models itself after a seaside paradise in the Florida Keys. The dining room's walls open wide to let in evening breezes, which intermingle with the aromas of seafood and bar classics. In the kitchen, he hand-breads shrimp, beer-batters frog legs, and tops thick-cut bologna sandwiches with a sauce forged from a secret recipe known only to the spies hidden behind his grill. His bartending staff whip up island-style cocktails and fill 120-ounce towers with beer, which patrons can imbibe while keeping abreast of the latest Buckeye games or sporting events.
Demetri’s Deli serves up mouthwatering sandwiches and Greek-inspired lunch and dinner eats in a casual, welcoming atmosphere. Loaded potato skins fill spud canoes with cheddar, bacon bits, chives, and chopped-pepperoni cargo ($4.99), and the Reuben, Demetri’s specialty, tops USDA Choice corned-beef brisket with thousand-island dressing, sauerkraut, and swiss cheese ($7.99). Brazen taste explorers can vanquish scrumptious new ground with the Demetri burger, a 10-ounce fresh patty topped with salami, capicola, swiss and provolone cheeses, and tzatziki sauce ($8.25). Vegetable and Platonic enthusiasts alike may find fine rumination with a large greek salad served with a side of homemade dressing, grilled pita, and tzatziki sauce ($5.99) or the sedimentary layers of seasoned ground beef, macaroni, and béchamel sauce in the Pastitsio ($9). Diners can enjoy meals while watching TV or conducting Rorschach tests using the eatery's patterned walls and tiled bar.
Intense Paintball lives up to its moniker with two distinct battlegrounds?one indoor and one outdoor. The indoor field emulates a long-abandoned warehouse, consisting of an open floor cluttered by formations of barrels and inflatable blocks. Outdoors, trigger fingers get a workout among a 125' x 200' field populated by similar obstacles. To arm its players, Intense Paintball rents out Tippmann markers, paint, and accessories.
C.J. O'Malley's tap pullers pour hoppy pints of domestic and imported brews amid a festive Irish decor. Finicky palates judge assorted pints of draft beers, based on flavor, hoppiness, and how it looks in an evening gown. Popular 22-ounce brews such as Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA ($7), Guinness ($6.25), and LandShark ($5) bolster a lineup of classic and craft brewery products.
Though it opened without the draw of liquor or advertising, Karma Kafe always had one thing going for it: more than 30 hookah flavors. Word of mouth quickly spread about the wide selection, which ranges from cinnamon spice and gummy bear to double apple, a tasty take on apple pie smothered in applesauce. To supplement the hookah frenzy, Karma Kafe has since added a concise sampling of domestic and imported beers alongside cocktails such a Long Island Iced Tea. Savvy servers also soothe taste buds with an assortment of green teas and herbal tea infusions such as the Calm blend, a caffeine-free mix of relaxing herbs including chamomile.
Under the sprawling roof of First Niagara Pavilion, music greats such as Billy Joel, Rush, and Jimmy Buffett have all taken over the stage as fans throughout the amphitheater space watch, transfixed. Whether enjoying the show from the open-air pavilion or the verdant lawn, concertgoers demonstrate their love for the performers by dancing along to the music or holding up lighters engraved with the lead singer’s astrological sign.