Upon entering the doors of Simple Smoothie Cafe, visitors are greeted by the sounds of lively chatter and whirring blenders. Though they regularly play host to real fruits, fresh juices, and tart yogurts, these blenders never see artificial syrups or added sugars. Blueberry, pineapple, and banana smoothies pair nicely with paninis that burst with homemade chicken salad, smoked turkey, and mozzarella cheese. In addition to the regular menu, a selection of made-from-scratch soups rotates with the speed of a slow-motion roulette wheel to showcase a new special daily.
True to its name, Road Trip American Ale House assembles tasty bar bites from throughout the 50 states. Here, cooks craft everything from New Orleans?style jambalayas and Philadelphia cheesesteaks to Minnesota-inspired burgers stuffed with bacon and aged cheddar. To help wash down meals, bartenders pour craft beers from 52 taps. Brews aside, they whip up plenty of cocktails and martinis too, including a vodka, melon, and raspberry blend served in glasses rimmed with Pop Rocks candy. Feasts unfold in a 3,100-square-foot exposed-stone dining room adorned with framed photos of famous American skylines, plus 44 TVs showing the day's biggest games.
A brick oven, a collection of classic Italian recipes, and a slew of fresh ingredients. Those are a few of the things that make meals special at Boccone Pizzeria & Ristorante, but they're far from the only ones. Many come simply for the family-friendly atmosphere, knowing they can relax and share laughs across plates of linguine and veal marsala. Arguably, one of the main focuses in the kitchen is on specialty pizzas that range from the traditional Grandma pie to the inventive Seafood Oreganata with scampi sauce, shrimp, and clams.
Vito?s of Port Jeff pairs housemade Italian entrees with one of the world?s best side dishes: live music. Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, performers such as opera virtuoso Carmelo Raccuglia and lounge singer Randy Berlient serenade diners with their silky-smooth vocals. Elvis impersonator Rick Virga also swings by the dining room to perform the King?s hit tracks and recite transcripts of his best-loved takeout orders.
Though these performers? catchy ditties set toes to tapping, the restaurant?s old-world cooking still manages to steal the spotlight every night. Vito?s seasoned chefs sauce delicate cuts of seafood or hearty portions of chicken and veal, and they bake stuffed pastas until they bubble over with cheese and marinara.
Brightly colored pennants embellish the ceiling at Port Jeff Bowl, but bowling skills demonstrated in the lanes below are what attract attention. Players hurl balls toward pins for fun or team up with peers to play in one of many leagues, divided by age and whether or not a player is tall enough to ride a roller coaster. On Tuesday nights from 9:30 to midnight, athletes enjoy an unlimited amount of fun during Bottomless Bowling. And after hours spent satiating competitive impulses built up over years of being benched during tag, patrons can quench thirsts and appetites with a beer and bite at Splitz Sports Bar. The alley also hosts parties and private events for up to 200 guests, which lets partygoers pair play with pizza, soda, or buffet fare in the 11th Frame Lounge.
Working behind his traditional, glass-front sushi bar, Chef Sho makes believers out of discriminating palates by forging an alluring Japanese menu of delicately fried delights and richly flavored fish straight from the sea. Warm, exotic appetizers such as broiled squid fire gustatory starting pistols before diners delve into heartier entrees from the kitchen, including beef marinated in teriyaki sauce, pork sautéed in ginger sauce, and vegetable tempura.
Ranked first of 177 Zagat rated sushi restaurants, Takara Japanese Restaurant’s sushi bar showcases Sho’s knack for marrying unique flavors, as tasted in the Love lobster roll, whose spicy mayo adds a tangy zest to sweet crustacean flavors. Rather than swallowing a television remote, diners can mute growling stomachs with the Oz roll’s blend of tuna and buttery avocado sliced with laser-like precision. Takara Japanese Restaurant offers catering for private and holiday events, please contact for more information.