A feast of family-friendly amusement, Fun Town Factory teems with arcade games, inflatables, a kids dance floor, and a panoply of pizza and confections. Like pigtailed popcorn kernels, children can bounce and tumble within the buoyant walls of an inflatable house or swoosh down a safe, air-filled incline. Tykes can scale a climbing wall to finally overcome their fear of walls or zap boredom with air hockey, skee-ball, and interactive video games in the arcade arena.
With lube and service centers spread across America, Valvoline Instant Oil Change ensures that roads from coast to coast teem with automotive vigor. Certified technicians perform a roster of services, including quick in-and-out oil changes that allow motorists to arrive without an appointment and remain in their car while Valvoline oils forge a truce between metal parts. Facilities also encourage odometers to reach up to 300,000 miles with an engine-guarantee program that helps motors live long enough to see tow trucks go extinct. Valvoline extends its care to cars of all makes and models as well as charitable organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Fun House Pizza’s cooks have been tossing craving-satisfying pizzas since 1964, catering to families with their shareable fare and friendly staff. Gooey pizzas arrive topped with Fun House Pizza’s secret sauce recipe, sprinkled with toppings that include kraut, mushrooms, and Italian or Polish sausage. The kitchen crew gets creative with their specialty pizzas, which play dress up to create pies of the taco, bacon cheeseburger, and mexican variety. The restaurants cater to kids with a slew of entertainment options, from Thomas the Tank Engine rides to game rooms with air hockey and video games to the cheerful servers who are ready and willing to eat homework assignments.
Corn tortillas filled with meat, lettuce, tomatoes, and cheese rest peacefully on a plate, unsuspecting of the fate that awaits them, when suddenly they find themselves in the hot embrace of a deep-fryer. What emerges is not merely a taco, but Lucia’s Famous Taco, a crunchy confection and, like many of Lucia’s dishes, a twist on a classic Mexican dish.
Housed under the culinary umbrella of McClain Restaurant Group, four of Independence Square's brightest culinary stars amuse diners with a range of flavors and funky dining spaces. For a historic meal overlooking the Square, choose a sit-down lunch at Ophelia's Restaurant & Inn, where plates include the twisted quesadillas, which meld together cranberries, onions, peppers, and asiago cheese ($8). Ophelia's dinner menu, which can be sung aloud over live jazz, features the peppered K.C. strip jerky, a classic composition of soft pretzel bread, hot cracklins, and Boulevard Wheat mustard ($6), and the 16-ounce horseradish crusted rib eye, grilled to order and drizzled with port-wine reduction ($24).
The grills in El Maguey's kitchen are ablaze from noon until nightfall, sizzling up the meat, seafood, and vegetables of authentic Mexican dishes. Chefs assemble burritos, tacos, and enchiladas into 30 different combination plates and slice up a lengthy list of Mexican-style steaks. The kitchen also offers a full vegetarian menu, appropriate for eaters with no emotional attachment to bell peppers. Meanwhile, bartenders dole out pitchers of colorful margaritas, along with mugs of draft mexican beers.