A group of resident ducks waddle across The Carriage House's grassy front yard, hoping to be fed a few crumbs as diners shuffle in to fill up on homestyle meals or shuffle out— delightfully sated—possibly with a purchased bag of duck food in hand. Interacting with the environment is just one of the pleasant surprises at the restaurant—where diners enjoy meals at tables in the main dining area or in one of the private rooms overlooking a lake while enjoying entrees such as deviled crab, veal parmigiana, or Delmonico steak.
Lunch and Friday-night dinner buffets feature discounted daily cuisine specials, and sunset dinners every Tuesday–Saturday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. feature lighter entree portions with soup, a salad, sides, and housemade desserts such as apple crisp or bread pudding. A traditional three-course afternoon tea service brings an air of yesteryear as guests dine on sandwiches and scones on fine china. Guests can also book party rooms for celebrations such as birthdays, baby showers, or bathing in presents.
Tilt Studio's tenure as a family fun center dates back to 1972, a time when the menacing Pac-Man ghosts were still very much alive. Today, the 27,000 square-foot facility greets gamers with scores of arcade and ticket-redemption games plus spacious private-event rooms for corporate gatherings and birthday parties. Visitors receive a game card that works like a debit card, replacing cumbersome quarters that could otherwise be used to enter speed-drying competitions at the laundromat. In the arcade, up to four players can experience high-octane Formula One action, careening down a simulated Indy Motor Speedway, or land strikes on four lanes of virtual bowling, with backdrops depicting Rome, Japan, and Yosemite National Park.
The grill masters at Wildfire BBQ Co. sear marinated meat over open flames for their loyal legion of customers and a number of specially catered events. For those seeking the restaurant experience, seats at the counter or inside a cozy booth are prime placement for the enjoyment of hearty helpings of barbecued comfort food. Biscuits and gravy, grits, and house-made corned-beef hash energize early risers, and lunchtime guests receive platters of baby-back ribs and beef brisket. House-made rice and bread puddings cool mouths after smoky meals, whereas four catering packages hush the howls of stomachs striving to be heard over the small talk at parties or the sounds of synergy at corporate functions.
Over the course of three courses, A Little Café's chef-owner Marianne Powell leads adventurous forks through a gourmet garden of forking paths with her prix-fixe menu. Start the repast with crab cigarettes—one of the cafe's signature dishes, which rolls crab meat in crispy, thin crêpes paired with a spicy chili sauce. Once you've inhaled your last cigarette and exhaled a cloud of crustacean ghosts, chase it with a soup or salad, such as a spinach salad with gorgonzola or French onion soup. Savory seafoods—such as the Norwegian salmon crusted with walnuts and drizzled in a banana berry brown butter sauce—and redder meats—like Marianne's veal meatloaf stuffed with red peppers, spinach, and provolone cheese in a wild mushroom marsala demiglace—await unsuspecting palates in the third course. For the final course, your server will describe in loving, almost obscene detail the night's assortment of desserts, then bring you the one most likely to keep your belly's sweet tooth from jabbing you in the liver. A Little Café is BYOB, so take the opportunity to show off the homemade wine you fermented out of old baseball cards.
Lorenzo's pizza purveyors stack disks of fresh dough with a panoply of gourmet ingredients before sliding them into brick ovens to seal in a smoky redolence. Classic pies such as the sweet Hawaiian and the basil-infused margherita send taste buds back in time more quickly than wormhole-flavored toothpaste, and innovative recipes set palates ablaze with creations such as the spicy buffalo-chicken pizza adorned with wing sauce and blue cheese. Chefs saddle up the Ranchero with bacon, spinach, and tomatoes in melty mozzarella and cool ranch dressing. Greener eats include the eggplant-parmesan pizza and the Mediterranean, which flaunts its sauceless façade with roasted peppers, spinach, olives, and garlic. A savory side of garlic knots and a two-liter bottle of Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, or Sprite accompany pizzas shared inside the eatery or savored at home in front of shamed frozen pizzas.
Wade Cohen is on a mission. Not content to merely fill mugs and bellies, he and his team at Coffee Works Too have crafted a community-oriented space designed to nurture creativity, advocacy, and friendship. An events calendar packed with open mic nights, live music, and karaoke helps bring these values to life, but it's Wade's personality that really drives the caf?'s positive energy. He's a dad and a Renaissance man, toastmaster, a music lover and karaoke fan who's constantly adding new hobbies to his repertoire. Wade's open-mindedness, and the priority he places on growth and evolution in personal life, lends to Thursday's Spiritual Grounds night, which features noted authors and professionals to enlighten the atmosphere. Of course, he doesn't forget the shop's commitment to serving delicious coffee, hand-crafted soups, salads, and gluten-free dishes, or the element of surprise. Coffee Works Too has seen legendary recording artists pop in to take the stage, which has caused some to say "you never know who will be walking through the door."