When diners step into The Pomegranate and see kebabs, rice, and flatbreads decorating the menu, they might expect a typical Mediterranean meal. But the scent in the air should soon convince them otherwise. In the kitchen, chefs surprise nostrils and taste buds with Persian cooking's subtle combinations of herbs and mild spices, such as dried lime, rose water, pomegranate paste, and mint, combined according to secret family recipes in order to create a delicate, full flavor that dances across the palate. Their stews—including the signature chicken stew with walnut and pomegranate—simmer for hours, and house marinades result in tender, tongue-mesmerizing kebabs from fresh chicken, beef, and lamb. Yet not all the magic happens out of sight. The chefs grill their meats over an open flame before diners' eyes, hypnotizing, beckoning, and grabbing their attention without using cartoon hands made out of smoke. To maintain its authenticity, The Pomegranate imports its basmati rice and stocks the kitchen with fresh and healthy ingredients, which it transforms into meals for meat lovers and vegetarians alike.
With its wood-fired brick oven, mural of a seaside Italian village, and traditional recipes passed down through generations, Carmine?s Italiano re-creates the charm of Sicilian dining. Familiar staples such as baked lasagna and stuffed eggplant parmesan benefit from Old-World flair: handmade meatballs, mediterranean olives, and rich italian cheeses. At the same time, the Cajun pan-seared sirloin and barbecue-chicken pizza pay tribute to the restaurant?s American home so that chefs don?t have to stab a flag into each plate of spaghetti.
While sinking into a medley of shrimp, clams, and scallops or surprising tongues with the chicken Bryan?s sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, guests absorb the comfort of their surroundings. Blue-padded chairs, sandy walls, and crisp white tablecloths contribute to a family-friendly ambiance, whereas private parties and wedding receptions benefit from the curtained skylights of a special dining area. Rectangular planters blossom with leafy greens around the room?s half walls, adding a splash of color to the space?s earth and wood tones.
Ever since Cindy Barrett opened Comfort Zone Cafe in 1997, she and her family have worked tirelessly to meet her vision of what a coffee house should be. From the fair-trade Arabica coffee to the free WiFi, everything is geared to make patrons feel welcome.
In the mornings, cooks prepare sandwiches and toast bagels for breakfast served all day. They then begin grilling paninis and simmering made-from-scratch soups as morning ages into afternoon. Guests can sip caf? drinks such as the Almond Joy latte or the Emerald Champagne?a medley of pineapple, celery, and fruit juice served over ice.
The menu of old-fashioned fare, such as made-to-order subs atop just-baked bread, is as fresh as a caveman emerging from a block of ice. The café's long list of namesake sandwiches come in three sizes to accommodate munchers of every magnitude, ranging from classic turkey ($5.59 for a medium), tuna ($5.59 for a medium), and veggie ($4.49 for a medium) varieties to gussied-up grub such as meatballs in marinara with mozzarella ($5.99 for a medium). Those raised by a family of cured meats can reunite with a savory surrogate Godfather, which is piled high with genoa salami, capicola, and spicy ham ($5.99 for a medium).
Frog Hair's golf simulators (starting at $20 per hour for non-prime-time public simulators and valued at up to $32 per hour for private, prime-time use) use Doppler radar to measure everything from shot distance to swing accuracy. When using the simulators, golfers set ground, weather, and wind conditions, rivaling Zeus and teenage mutant witch covens alike with precise control of the elements. With eight simulators and around 30 realistic courses to choose from, you can determine the difficulty of the course, as well as the landscape you'll play on. A round of 18 holes on a simulator usually takes an hour per player. Once you're athletically sated, check out Frog Hair's seasonal menu for after-green fare such as the feta-laden Greek wrap ($8.95) or the Kobe beef burger ($12.95, $13.50 with cheese). Select items are available in perfect portions, so diners who fear leaving leftovers on top of the car can opt for a smaller serving of the roast turkey Caesar sandwich ($5.75 for perfect portion size) or the Cajun-infused fajita salad ($7.95 for perfect portion size).
Japanese artwork speckles the sleek, modern interior of Shogun Buffalo, which splits its space and menu between hibachi-style dining and sushi. At hibachi tables, diners watch in awe as chefs chop, flip, and grill morsels of calamari, steak seasoned with soy and lemon, or thin-cut sirloin accented with apple-teriyaki sauce. They also serve up a variety of succulent seafood, including lobster. Patrons can also enjoy a Japanese beer or cocktail at the bar, topped with a wooden awning reminiscent of a pagoda's roof.