A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Peals of laughter rise from families around the granite tabletops at which hibachi chefs crack jokes and flip shrimp over the grill. At Ichiban Steakhouse, expert grillers don black chef suits and show off their skill at slicing and searing chicken, steak, and seafood. Flanked by dark wood walls, nearby sushi chefs slice fresh fish to wrap tightly in specialty rolls. Five tatami rooms provide semiprivate spaces for business meals, romantic outings, or discreet transformations into a werewolf.
Swirls Cafe elates taste buds with a cavalcade of cupcakes crafted fresh daily in a panoply of inventive flavors. Customers can wrangle a dozen cupcakes from the 12–15 different varieties in each day’s rotation, such as strawberry cheesecake, lemon cake blooming with blueberries, and german-chocolate cupcake with coconut-pecan frosting. The apple-pie-spice cupcake draws inspiration from its sister dessert, apple pie, and the classic red velvet sports a tiara of silky cream cheese bejeweled with pecans, coconut, or cinnamon. Alternately, party planners can splendorize the skyline of any birthday, baby shower, or mime-school graduation with a cupcake tower, which assembles 18 sugary girders into a pinnacle of pastry architecture adorned with custom decorations
The family-owned Toarmina's has served up its signature sweet sauce and gullet-stuffing, 24-inch pies since 1987. The menu boasts traditional pizzas ranging from the small one-topping ($8.99) to the two-footer with three toppings ($24.39)—a favorite at giant-division ultimate frisbee leagues. The casual eatery's aromatic ovens also cook up deep dish ($11.99–$13.99) and specialty picks such as the steak and cheese ($12.49–$28.99), which blankets melted mozzarella and american cheese over steak, mushrooms, onions, and golden italian dressing, and the veggie ($11.49–$25.99), a garden party of mushrooms, black olives, diced green peppers, and onions.
Joined by her husband and close friends, founder Denise Mehl sought to create a space where parents could enjoy a good cup of coffee while watching their children play in a safe and soft environment. The result is Jungle Java, where tykes traipse through a well-padded multilevel maze of forest huts and treehouses. Toddlers can take time away from the fray in a separate safari area equipped with soft tunnels, slides, and age-appropriate cryptograms. As children romp, parents plunk themselves in the soft folds of a leather couch or power through some work on the free WiFi network. Jungle Java's café carries a menu of coffee drinks, smoothies, and snacks that include all-beef hot dogs and turkey and avocado sandwiches on eight-grain bread.
A bright neon sign greets diners as they enter Elite Pizzeria, where pizzas rise within brick ovens and sandwiches swell with certified Saad Halal meats. Chefs adorn burgers with hearty toppings of grilled mushrooms, bacon, and eggs, while whipping up a menu of traditional Mediterranean gyros and shawarma. Upon request, the dexterous bakers can sculpt their brick-oven pizzas into the shape of a heart, the silhouette of a kitty cat, or the profile of Susan B. Anthony.
Further cultivating Elite's fun, whimsical reputation, the restaurant's burger challenge has enticed nearly 150 intrepid contestants with a lofty tower of beef patties, mushrooms, bacon, onion rings, and sauerkraut. This surfeit of merriment all occurs within the warm embrace of red walls that shine down onto the restaurant's casual, WiFi-saturated dining area and tabletops that bask beneath the sun on an outdoor patio.