Amidst Bella’s 15,000 square feet of dance floors and VIP booths, a triad of marble, granite, and hardwood accents fills out the lounge’s two-story facility. Throughout the night, a sound system blasts house beats as lights dance to the rhythms of The Nutcracker Suite stuck in patrons’ heads. At the elevated VIP area, a private bar and bottle service keep drinks within reach at all times, and a rooftop patio offers an oasis from the party below with a separate sound system, LCD TVs, and fireplaces.
Sweet Tomatoes silences grousing stomachs by serving up a buffet of healthy eats, allowing guests to collate a customized meal from daily selections of soup, salad, baked goods, and pasta. Upon entering the restaurant, cavernous appetites will find a 55-foot-long salad bar holding welcoming portions of verdant salad greens, including tossed varieties such as Wonton Chicken Happiness and caesar asiago, unlimited vegetables, and toppings. After anointing vacant plates with gardeny sculptures of Aristotle, guests will purchase their meal ($8.59/lunch, $9.99/dinner) and then roam to one of Sweet Tomatoes' other food bars.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar’s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
Slow-grilled all-beef hot dogs, house-made condiments, and fresh baked buns abound at this hot-dog haven tucked into the North Hills Shopping Center. Top Dog's four-page menu exhibits the restaurant's enthusiasm for naturally-encased meats organized according to flavorful regions of America. Laud local fare by biting into the Georgia Dog ($4.95), a spicy jumbo red hot topped with chow chow, spicy chili, house-made pimento cheese, and cole slaw. Top Dog's southern-style onion rings with Cajun dipping sauce ($3.50) make palate pals with strangers' sausages, such as the NY Deli Dog wrapped in swiss, horseradish mustard, sauerkraut, and hot pastrami ($6.75), or the Cubs Dog topped with mustard, relish, onion, cucumber sport peppers, tomato, pickle, and celery salt ($3.75). Creative customers can cover up naked dogs ($2.65–$4.50) with bakery-style bolillo buns and their choice of more than 40 different toppings, sheltering them from confusion caused by lookalike links and the baton-snatching hands of passing relay racers.
Long hailed for a mastery of ham far beyond the skills of mere mortal meat cookers, the meat mavens at HoneyBaked Ham invite you to put their newly honed turkey skills to the test with today's Groupon: a whole roasted turkey breast for $12 (an up to $25 value). Get your moist turkey breast unadulterated, or let the HoneyBaked masters finish your bird with crackling sweet glaze, which may or may not be cooled by having volunteer glaze-pixies fan it with their wings. Call one of HoneyBaked's participating locations (found here and in the sidebar to the right) to reserve your order, and pick up your juicy bird.
Inspiration from Iran
The dishes at 1001 Nights Persian Cuisine are based on the family recipes that owner Ali Reza Morshed ate growing up in Iran, inspiring him to land a career in the restaurant business before deciding to open his own venture. With the flavors of home as his inspiration, the kitchen makes traditional specialties such as mizra ghasemi?smoked roasted eggplant mixed with garlic and tomatoes?and myriad kabobs skewered and charbroiled to perfection. The chefs use only halal-certified meats and fresh, local ingredients to prepare their traditional dishes, which also include ample vegetarian options.
Views of the Night Sky
The restaurant sprawls into three dining rooms?which seat a total of 350 people?elegantly appointed with white tablecloths and sheer white draperies. Above, a recessed dome is painted with a fresco of the night sky, and a chandelier hangs down from the center. The setting's floor-to-ceiling windows offer an even more realistic view into the evening air. Though the atmosphere here is typically elegant and serene, the mood is livelier on Friday and Saturday nights, which host Persian music performances.