When Vietnamese refugees fled to the United States in 1975, there were many things they had to leave behind. The cuisine of their native land, however, was something they took with them. Pho Royal celebrates this singular cuisine with a menu that spotlights pho, a noodle soup that originates in Vietnam. Though its combination of rice noodles, clear broth, and thin cuts of meat might seem simple, the soup at Pho Royal carries some surprisingly complex undertones. Part of this owes to the fact that diners can order unique meats such as brisket, tendon, and tripe. The steamy bowls also come with bean sprouts, herbs, jalapenos, lime, and basil, all of which serve to enhance the flavor.
Gee whiz, Skip, is it true that Cheeburger Cheeburger's been voted Best Burger in 29 Cities? Yup. This is a real 1950s-style hot spot. This is a place that takes pride in serving additive-free, 100% all-natural Angus beef and frothy milk shakes in thousands of possible flavors. Amidst vintage-inspired decor, cooks fry freshly cut Idaho potatoes and onion rings in cholesterol-free peanut oil and top American-bred, vegetarian-fed beef with more than 25 toppings. Modern day soda jerks also add one of more than a dozen syrups to flavored sodas and scoop ice cream into floats fizzing with cola, root beer, Dr. Pepper, or the lesser-known Pepper sibling, Gary, who forever lives in the shadow of his brother's medical degree.
The country of India is comprised of twenty-eight states and seven union territories spread over more than one million square miles. Needless to say, the chefs there have developed more than one style of cooking. The chefs at Punjabi Junction, by comparison, aim to condense the diversity of Indian dishes into a single menu without cheating and using a shrink ray. Every day, they put together a lunch buffet featuring more than 20 different dishes, ranging from tandoori-roasted meats to tropical mango curries. They expand the selection come dinner time, roasting goat to toss it with rice and piling plates with flavorful flatbreads such as garlic naan.
Inside Mahalo Cove, a grass-topped tiki hut looms over the bar and canoes hang from the walls. It's a telling preview for the restaurant's bounty of tropical food and laid-back entertainment. Mahi-mahi sandwiches, shrimp po' boys, and Polynesian pork tacos line the menu, and games—pool, shuffleboard, and darts—combine with televised sports on 11-foot widescreen TVs to add even more leisure to this beachy oasis. At later hours, the restaurant also features regular performances by local bands and the occasional cartoon crustacean.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
Ultrazone Laser Tag might be familiar to fans of The Real World, whose cast members—fed up with drama—blew off steam by ducking colorful laser beams in the sprawling multilevel arena's fog-filled maze. There's enough space for 45 vest-clad players to face off at one time, and plasma monitors let the next wave watch the game as they eagerly await their turn. The expansive recreation center also hosts sleepover parties that grant exclusive overnight use of the laser-tag facilities, the plasma-screen theater, and the room that's inexplicably full of doorknobs. Outside the arena, an arcade keeps synapses ablaze with video games, air hockey, and golf simulators, supplemented with slices of Papa John's pizza from the cafe.