Giving gifts is its own reward, but at The Gifted Ferret, get-well cards, trinkets and candles accompany a robust collection of boutique wines so gift-givers can reward themselves as well. The shop's wine racks brim with vino crafted by vintners who treat winemaking not just as a business but also as a passion as well as the best way to teach grapes a lesson. During onsite wine classes, industry experts regale attendees with information while pouring samples from among the shop's dozens of varietals. For those seeking an intoxicant-free fix, the staff brews Newman's Own coffee and Green Mountain Naturals apple cider. In the gift area, patrons peruse handmade cards and Arthur Court pewter home-decor items alongside gift bags and an expanded array of gourmet food items.
After nearly 20 years in the restaurant business, Oswald Morgan gambled his career, finances, and reputation on Kozmo Gastro Pub. After years developing and working in swanky restaurants such as The Globe, Oswald had the notion that a restaurant with the right combination of creative cuisine and vivacious atmosphere could lure adventurous diners through its doors?even if it resided in the suburbs. The hopeful restaurateur worked to make Kozmo in the image of metropolitan eateries, outfitting the dining room with a slick and airy wall of windows and bar-height tables coupled with brushed-aluminum chairs. Perched at their seats, diners can sip from the extensive list of beer and cocktails or share small plates of immaculately presented duck confit or risotto balls as they people-watch and toast their reflections for their impeccable style.
Games of Keno or Texas hold'em add a bit of risk to a night at Locals Bar & Grill—unlike the menu of comfort-food classics, such as hand-cut fries piled next to similarly handcrafted burgers. Ten-inch personal pizzas come with custom toppings that range from bacon to banana peppers. Chicken wings are served by the pound and are also customizable, featuring lemon-pepper, honey-barbecue, and other sauces. Tacos, nachos supreme, deviled eggs, and homemade chili round out the menu.
The Derby Sports Grille Pub's crew of cuisine crafters delivers a capacious menu of pub favorites and beverages. An appetizing arrangement of cheese sticks bathes in a marinara concoction ($6.50), and battered buffalo shrimp inhabit oceans of mild, medium, or hot sauce ($6.95). The deft cooks stack up the Derby Melt, an 8-ounce burger cushioned by marble-rye bread and melted swiss cheese ($8.95), and diners can dollop mounds of barbecue-infused pulled pork and coleslaw on waiting buns ($7.95). Order a mealtime multiplicity of wings engulfed in sauces both classic and inventive, such as teriyaki, lemon-pepper, or sweet and sour⎯all served bone in or out ($6.99 for 6, $7.99 for 10, $13.99 for 20). Any of these meals can be enjoyed with a mug of beer, a glass of wine, or a derby hat filled with cognac.
At first glance, it’s hard to believe that The Roswell Tap’s building is more than 100 years old. Pals and business partners Sean McDonough, Michael Rozmajzl, and Ron Harvey have worked hard to restore the two-story home, enhancing its original wood beams and hardwoods and adding modern touches such as a second-floor lounge and an expansive deck out back. Today, refurbished red stairs lead to the front door, where the Tap's skilled kitchen staff prepares comfort food from neighborhoods across the states. Smoked salmon board, fish-n-chips, Tap Pittsburgh salad, and southern sliders topped with collard greens and friend green tomatoes grace the vast dinner menu. At lunch, an express service simplifies things with sandwich-and-salad combos as well as half a dozen wings dressed eight ways.
The Roswell Tap encourages patrons to stick around after dinner with plenty of late-night snacks and weekly events, including a singer-songwriter series. Held every Tuesday, the series welcomes crooners to take the stage and compete for cash prizes or the chance to receive a firm, satisfying handshake and a gig for a Friday or Saturday night at the Tap. As others perform, customers can kick back with a signature tap tea drink, infused with tequila or vodka or an irish coffee.
Drawing upon his 16 years of experience cooking Asian and Mediterranean cuisines, Chef Zhe fills Tokyo Boat 2's menu with an eclectic array of dishes that draws inspiration from Korea, Thailand, and Japan. The Japanese influences are the most readily apparent, as evidenced the extensive selection of sushi rolls and the broiled meats in housemade teriyaki sauce. Even the hibachi chefs combine traditional cooking techniques with a bit of modern showmanship as they sear orders of red snapper, steak, or vegetables on tabletop grills while a small audience of diners watches the impressive displays of dexterity.
Although the occasional burst of flame erupts from the hibachi stations' grill surfaces, the areas are mostly lit by a modern collection of blue pendant lamps that dangle above the diners. The sleek metal surfaces and exhaust hoods stand in contrast to the simple wooden shelving of the sushi bar, which lies just behind a jet-black counter where guests can sit and watch as the chefs slice nigiri, roll maki, and mold rice into snowmen during the warmer seasons.