Opening a closet at a restaurant typically means finding a mop bucket, but opening A Dash of Panache’s vanity closet means entering a costume wonderland. Stocked with jewelry, boas, and pastel-hued sunglasses, the lilac-walled closet brims with costumes clients can don for tea in the French-deco tea room, named “Best Tea House” by the A-List—among many accolades. The eatery serves more than 50 flavors of tea to tables draped in black tablecloths and white doilies, complementing their brews with petite sandwiches, scones and pastries on crystal plates. The 1920’s-era building also houses a family café, where visitors can nosh on sandwiches, salads and soups, and ice cream, rather than the typical family meal—the contents of a minivan glovebox. Beyond the family cafe, the back of the building has been converted into a party room, ideal for themed kid’s birthday parties.
Though a child's imagination can turn any setting into a wondrous landscape, Party Place gives visitors a creative boost with hand-painted murals in each of its themed rooms. These include The Park, which is painted from floor to ceiling to provide guests with the experience of dining in a redwood forest without being pressured to save some pizza for John Muir. Party Place also organizes packages for parents, such as the Premium Pizza Party, with six extra-large pizzas; the Big Screen Bash, with a movie streaming from a large projector; and the Picasso Party, with painting instruction from artist Robert Lindsey.
Voted Best BBQ by Sacramento’s CBS affiliate five years in a row, Texas West BBQ treats palates to an array of tender cuts hand-rubbed in spices and slow-cooked to exude a signature smoky flavor. The menu foregrounds Texas West’s barbecue platters of tri-tip steak ($13.99) and sliced beef brisket ($11.99). Each dish is laid aside texas toast, and guests can then feel free to use two homemade sides to dress the beefy bundles of joy in coleslaw onesies and top them with macaroni-salad bonnets before holding an optional sweet shower of fresh-baked peach cobbler ($3.99). Meanwhile, parents concerned about televisions hypnotizing their children and convincing them to eat violent video games can treat kids to safe, savory portions such as corn dogs and fries ($4.99).
In 1962, Alberto Heredia and his wife, Carmen, flung open the doors of Carmelita's Restaurant, introducing a menu of tried and true family recipes from Puebla, Mexico. Now, a third generation of the Heredia family helps simmer carnitas and blend avocados into guacamole at two Carmelita's locations. The dining rooms, which are bedecked in vibrant knickknacks and paintings, let diners bask in bright colors without getting yelled at by a judge for bringing a kaleidoscope to court. Against the electrically hued backdrop, mariachi bands play on special occasions, their trumpets rising in warm spirals above fiddles and guitars.
On the radio the DJ is a tastemaker, but the DJs at DJ Circle Entertainment only care about one person’s taste—yours. For each event—from weddings and sweet 16s to bar and bat mitzvahs—hosts and guests make their own soundtracks using DJ Circle Entertainment’s massive music library. Equipped with wireless microphones and dance floor lighting, the DJs move seamlessly from spinning tunes to making announcements or MCing games and giveaways.
Along with music and MC duties, DJ Circle Entertainment offers video and lighting services ranging from crowd cams to CO2 cannons, which blast cool air at guests fresh from the dance floor. Besides ensuring a fun time in the moment, DJ Circle Entertainment preserves memories from each soiree with its photo booths. Stamped with a custom logo by DJ Circle Entertainment’s in-house design team, photos emerge from a printer in 7.5 seconds, roughly the time it takes The Flash to take his picture in 100 photo booths.