The Greek-inspired eats at Olea Mezze Grill are quick and easy thanks to the eatery's ordering system, which lets diners customize their own bowls, pita wraps, and salads. Once they pick one of these bases, diners can add spreads such as tzatziki sauce or roasted-red-pepper hummus, followed by gyro meat, chicken, falafel, or greek meatballs. The last stage is the toppings, which includes everything from kalamata olives to pita crisps. As the name implies, Olea also offers mezze such as greek yogurt and grape leaves, which complement meals or suffice as their own snack.
Sarah Riefke took her first cake-decorating class in 2008. Instantly hooked, she soon became a decorating instructor herself, eventually enrolling as a student in the prestigious French Pastry School in Chicago. She went on to start Sweeter Than The Rest, where she has created a jaw-dropping assortment of specialty cakes and three-dimensional masterpieces that are nearly too pretty to eat, but just pretty enough to chew on.
Roosters Club N' Grille packs its menu with an array of dishes inspired from cuisines across the globe, from the tastes of the Mediterranean to Southeast Asian flavor. Begin the taste-bud temptation with an order of firecracker calamari, lightly breaded and fried, then tossed with sweet cherry peppers, garlic, tomatoes, and Roosters' signature herb blend ($9). Or, sample Roosters' spin on a traditional Greek stuffed pepper, a fire-roasted red pepper filled with Feta, spinach, cous cous, and raisins ($8). Noontime noshers can select from an expansive selection of sandwiches, burgers, and skewers, ranging from lamb and beef gyros ($7) to New York–style pastrami ($7). Dinner diners can span the globe with Roosters' Moroccan–style scallops and pineapple-clove cous cous ($24) and thai-basil chicken with pineapple, lime, and panang curry piled on white rice and seasoned with frequent flyer miles ($17).
If you vow to try a new piece of sushi, maki, or shasimi every month at Sakari Sushi, make sure you aren't moving any time in the next three years. That’s because the sushi chefs, who boast more than 40 years of combined experience, artfully plate more than 30 varieties. They assemble classic ingredients to create innovative combinations, such as the Mount Fuji roll with spicy crawfish coated in tempura flakes, the Mexican roll with shrimp tempura, cream cheese and jalapeno, and a California roll uniquely crowned with baked scallops.
Beyond the sushi bar, Sakari's culinary team prepares meats, seafood, and veggies in traditional style, such as tempura, teppan, and teriyaki. They even serve thinly sliced, marinated portions of pork or ribeye over a hot stone slab decked out with onions. Hot and cold sakes, imported Japanese beer, and an extensive wine selection complement meals, which unfold inside Sakari's hardwood dining room, as well as on an outdoor patio in the event of warm weather or an apocalyptic solar flare.
Laughter fills the air as kids zip down slides and caper about a jungle of wall-to-wall inflatables and obstacle courses within Monkey Joe?s play center. Kids 12 and under romp throughout the air-conditioned playscape?s obstacles, and tykes 3 and under stretch their imaginations on the softer and smaller attractions in the toddler play area. An orchestra of electronic beeps fills the arcade, the scents of savory pizza waft from a concessions stand, and a redemption center filled with gadgets and plush toys awaits kids ready to redeem their tickets. Colorful balloons and cakes pack party rooms, where birthday boys and girls unwrap presents and brand-new imaginary friends.
Safety is paramount to Monkey Joe?s. The well-lit play areas are supervised by trained staff, and a child security system tracks visitors through identity bracelets and video monitoring. These safety measures?combined with thorough cleaning and sanitizing?put parents at ease.