Smokin Joes BBQ heaps plates of beef brisket, St. Louis-style ribs, pulled pork and other menu items slathered in sauce that’s at once sweet, tangy, tart, and spicy. Other sauces include the spicy barbecue, sweet and tangy mustard sauce, and the Carolina sauce, which blends vinegar, brown sugar, and a hint of cayenne pepper ideal for whole-hog cooking. Signature milkshakes cool off the tongue with inventively sweet flavors, such as the birthday cake shake with Funfetti cake mix, milk, and vanilla ice cream. Smokin Joes can also cater for events such as company picnics, class reunions, and weddings, especially weddings where they toast with barbecue sauce instead of champagne.
There is an arms race in the world of chicken wings. Any good wing joint will have a sprawling list of sauces, and the more than 40 offerings at Wingin' It are plenty to make the shop a force in that battle. Cooks prepare the sauces, including spicy ranch, honey-garlic, and chipotle-mango, at the shop to get the spices just right and make sure they’ll properly ruin white tuxedos.
Wings aren't their only specialty, though; they also fry fish and chips, stack sandwiches with barbecued beef, and deep-fry Twinkies. Patrons wash away the bite of Hawaiian Lava wing sauce with iced tea or cold beer while watching sports on high-definition televisions or lounging on an outdoor patio.
The choices are nearly endless at It's All Peachy Frozen Yogurt. Staffers switch out 14 dispensers with different flavors frequently, so regulars can try yogurts as varied as cake batter, root-beer float, and strawberry-lemonade sorbet. For those who desire a healthy treat, look no further. Frozen yogurt is loaded with probiotics that may aid in digestion, and they make sure to offer options that are fat-free, sugar-free, and perched just out of reach on a moving treadmill. These flavors can be further enhanced with any combination of 70 toppings, which include fresh fruits, chunks of cheesecake, chocolate candies, and sauces.
Sushi is a complex world of flavors, textures, and colors that may seem intimidating at first. Wasabi Sushi Bar’s spread of more than 90 rolls includes simple california and bluefin rolls for the sushi newbie as well as adventurous items for those delving deeper into the realm of maki.
Yellowfin tuna and cucumber slices fill the more simplistic rolls, and shrimp tempura and avocado cut the delicate brine flavor of barbecued eel in other offerings. The sushi chefs also liberally sprinkle a housemade tempura crunch topping at the sushi bar, and new york strip steaks crackle beneath spicy teriyaki sauces at the grill.
The faintly acidic herbal bite of lemongrass. The earthy spice of green curry. A wide range of aromas drifts from the kitchen at East Moon Asian Bistro & Sushi, where chefs marinate pork chops and stir-fry rice dishes. Inventive ingredients mingle in sushi rolls, which include a maki with shrimp tempura and strawberries, an exotic combination of softness and crunch as well as sweetness and salt. Another roll brims with a verdant combination of cucumber, avocado, and jalapeño that make it beautiful on the outside and inside alike, much like the firemen in a shampoo commercial.
As people walk past the spacious outdoor patio into Hodsons Bar & Grill, they might spy diners devouring sushi rolls, brick-oven pizza, and steaks beneath white canvas umbrellas or sipping brews around the fire pit on gray wicker patio sofas with sleek white cushions. Inside, diners perch on leather chairs and slide into booths beneath an abstract glass chandelier that resembles a flaming sun. The private dining room seats guests beside a floor-to-ceiling wine rack built into the wall, and the glass doors, marked by the face imprints of those who weren’t invited in, can be shut for total privacy.
The upscale, contemporary decor reflects Hodsons’ upscale, contemporary American dishes, such as portobello-and-fig pizza, baked dungeness-crab dip, and Asian nachos with mango, avocado, and chilled chicken. Burgers hoist Colorado Angus beef and buffalo, handcut fillets of Scottish salmon await the grill’s flame licks, and three-cheese macaroni teems with chunks of Maine lobster and applewood bacon.
Signature drinks—including blueberry basil-tinis with Little Black Dress vodka and muddled basil and blueberries—and the food pair better than Elvis and sequins. Servers also pour glasses of wine and tap brews such as Left Hand Sawtooth ale and Angry Orchard cider.