The ScrubOaks menu, like the restaurant itself, is paradoxically upscale yet casual—combining sumptuous surf and turf with classic comfort foods such as deep-fried pickles ($8) and homemade onion rings in boom boom sauce ($8). With a single word or telepathic shout to your server, they'll load down the black tablecloth of your table with a hearty 12 oz. rib-eye steak ($21) or deep-fried sea scallops reclining comfortably on a bed of chicken salad ($18) as news of the latest football highlights and golf riots wash over you from the restaurant's eight TV screens. Although today's deal is not valid for alcohol, ScrubOaks's regular drinks specials make it easy for patrons to partake of the restaurant's 22 beers and 18 wines.
Squire's Pub attracts patrons with British-style fare and a distinctive pub atmosphere, both of which have helped it win several of The Pilot's Best of Moore County awards, including the All-Around Restaurant and Burger categories. The Squire Pub's owners honor their English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry with authentic artifacts and antiques throughout the establishment, including a 1719 map of Kent, photos of Trafalgar Square, and William Shakespeare's cherished childhood Nintendo. The stained glass, mirrors, and dark woods of the interior take eyes on a historical journey as patrons sip on cold pints of beer, and hanging dartboards, backgammon, and cribbage games are available from the barkeep to keep hands busy.
Strafe Gaming Lounge pairs the excitement of an arcade with the laid-back social characteristics of a lounge. Game gourmands choose from hundreds of titles for Wii, Xbox, and PS3, setting up camp in semiprivate gaming rooms with rocking chairs, couches, and 42" high-definition TVs. A family-friendly environment, Strafe Gaming Lounge holds special hours for preschool gamers, while of-age console commandos can imbibe responsibly by BYOBing after 8 p.m. A high-def 100" projector is also available for stadium-sized gaming, such as Rock Band 2, or Blu-ray movie viewing. Choose unlimited gaming for a day or month, or take over the entire lounge for a three-hour birthday party, bringing cake and gaming together more effectively than your failed Atari title Baker Time.
When Scotsman Archibald Leslie settled in Holly Springs, North Carolina, in the early 19th century, he built a 180-acre estate right by the town’s freshwater springs. These days, only the estate’s springs and main house—a nationally registered historic site known as the Leslie-Alford-Mims House—remain. But with their pub, the proprietor’s of Archibald’s Tavern make sure the settler’s name lives on as well.
The tavern’s cooks specialize in staples of American bar food, such as hot wings, wraps filled with philly cheesesteak fixings, and burgers crowned with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños. Selections from an ever-expanding beer list pair perfectly with feasts, which patrons can complement by taking in that day’s game on flat-screen TVs mounted around the bar.
Located a stone’s throw from Symphony Lake, Koka Booth Amphitheatre emerges out of 14 acres of hardwoods and pines to offer up its stage to traveling national acts, theatrical productions, and movie screenings. Although its wood and earth-toned beams camouflage the venue within its natural surroundings, passersby can notice its sleek exterior glistening in the moonlight during nighttime performances. The outdoor amphitheater––designed by William Rawn Associates of Boston, which also constructed the Cambridge Public Library––seats up to 7,000 people on its spacious lawn, crescent deck, or loft bird nests.
An Aveda concept salon with a retro edge, The Hair and Face Lounge sets itself apart with complimentary beverages, vintage posters of Hollywood starlets, and yellow leather couches that look as if they were time-warped from the 1960s. Even when faced with such eye-popping décor, it doesn’t take clients long to hone in on what matters: a team of licensed stylists who craft flattering looks with haircuts and coloring treatments. Professional Aveda products feature prominently on the menu, popping up in everything from exfoliating facials to smoothing hair treatments.