BackStreet Grille and Sports Bar's grill artists forge an array of flame-kissed dishes, which patrons tear into beneath a projection screen at the restaurant's bar. Half-pound USDA-certified burgers ($8.99–$9.99) waltz from the char grill sporting appetite-enhancing accessories as impressive as a boutonnière made of string cheese. The caesar burger brims with parmesan, bacon, and dressing ($9.99), and the South of the Border burger flaunts a crown of guacamole and salsa ($9.49). Diners spelunk the sauce-covered cliffs of wings ($9.99 for 10), which chefs bake and then fry in rice-bran oil, or boneless chicken tenders prone to avalanches in flavors such as Superman hot, teriyaki, and raspberry ($7.99). Grilled mahi mahi executes solo synchronized swimming routines through warm currents of Malibu rum sauce ($15.99) as diners recline in the restaurant's vast expanses of polished wood and earth-toned furnishings.
At the center of Playtown Cafe’s child-size indoor town, servers escort gourmet sandwiches, wraps, and flatbreads to parents and kids seated at café tables. As their parents continue to munch and mingle, children frolic in and out of small storefronts painted in bright colors, pretending to run a bakery, create masterpieces in an art gallery, and shoplift from La Boutique. Youngsters dress up as superheroes and princesses in the boutique; play air hockey, arcade games, and dual Nintendo Wiis inside the garage; and manipulate a train set in the building zone, which is designed to resemble an unfinished house.
To burn off boundless stores of energy, kids can cross the play-city’s traffic-free road to cavort in a turf-floored indoor park, where staffers monitor them as they scale climbing walls, cross blue climbing bars, and shoot down wavy orange slides. Playtown’s staffers show an additional commitment to safety as they oversee a separate play area and ball pit designed just for toddlers, which is free of boogie monsters.
Though you may not garner it from the name, the menu at Bagelworks goes far beyond their eponymous doughy diameter. Onion and honey whole-wheat bagels, made onsite, hold up on their own with a schmear of cream cheese but work just as well bolstering deli fare such as house salads, eggy breakfast dishes, and fish platters. Other items on the expansive menu include grilled cheese, pastrami paninis, and pancakes.
Lucille's Bad to the Bone BBQ slathers on the delicious with its signature grilled dishes. Its roughshod renegade chili ($5.25) or luscious split pea soup with pulled pork ($4.25) will warm up the palate enough for it to take off its tear-away windbreaker, and the crispy chicken salad, with its buttermilk-battered chicken, crispy noodles, bacon, and honey barbecue dressing, will exercise crunch muscles ($10.99). The best of both worlds, combining half a rack of baby back with half a rack of St. Louis–style ribs, will coat taste buds in its toothsome sauciness ($19.99), and the variety of blackened, grilled, or fried fish will transport the sea's savoriness to local stomachs ($13.99+). Barbecue buffs who like to protect their fingers from an onslaught of sauce with shields of wheat can chomp on the buffalo chicken wrap with blue cheese ($8.99), the mahi Reuben ($9.99), or the barbecue sandwich in one of three ways: pulled pork, beef brisket, or pulled chicken ($8.99).
Chefs at The Village Mediterranean Restaurant & Pastries prepare a full menu of Mediterranean specialties including lamb, beef, and shrimp kebabs and eight kinds of savory pie bundled in housemade dough. But the restaurant is probably most popular for its traditional Middle Eastern pastries. An in-house pastry chef prepares more than 100 different desserts from scratch. Sticky triangles of cashew, walnut, and almond baklava form one pillar of the pastry roster, while maamoul walnut cookies and namoura—squares of semolina cake soaked in sugar syrup and topped with almonds—are available by the platter should you need to host a party or lure a nest of honeybees away from your stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh.
Boca Muse serves up pub fare with hearty sides of nightly entertainment. The menu includes chicken tenders, spinach dip, and mahi mahi sandwiches, all of which pair nicely with drinks from the full bar. Open mic night is every Wednesday, trivia contests take place every Thursday, and Jesse Young and Shauna Sweeney play live acoustic music every Saturday.