Since 1941, the Dickey family has been churning out Texas-style barbecue and tasty family-style sandwiches, sides, salads, and baked taters. Dickey’s lets customers choose from eight USDA-prime meats—all cooked slowly to smoky perfection over a hot hickory-fire pit every night—including Southern pulled pork, tender turkey breast, and Virginia-style ham. Start by slamming a quick cow workout with some sliced beef brisket on The Big Barbecue Sandwich ($4.75), served with pickles, onions, and Dickey's famous sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, which took three years, two fist-fights, and one small kitchen fire to develop. Otherwise, go with The Quarter Plate ($7), a quarter-pound of your favorite meat served with pickles, onions, a roll, corn on the cob and one other homestyle side (which are $1.95 each when purchased separately). Choose from options such as fried okra, green beans with bacon, or mac & cheese. Diners with more than one mouth to feed can play hot potato with a giant stuffed baker ($3.50) before stuffing their head's two other mouths with the picnic pack ($19), which includes a pound of meat, two pint-sized sides, four rolls, and barbecue sauce.
In 1946, John Kinder opened his first meat market in the Bay Area town of San Pablo. More than 65 years later, Kinder continues to oversee daily operations at more than 15 neighborhood locations. He owes his continued success, in part, to the second- and third-generation family members who have leant their own tireless dedication to the company.
This dedication has certainly paid off. The Kinder family’s barbecue sauces, marinades, and rubs consistently take first-place ribbons from judges across the country and have earned the market a loyal following of cowboys and outlaws alike. In a 2008 article on what to order at Major League ballparks, the New York Times hailed the ball-tip steak sandwich and its "mess of Kinder's smoky-sweet sauce" as a much-welcome relief from the fried menu items at McAfee Coliseum. :m]]
Although Arka Indian Restaurant is named for the sun, it's more directly powered by the vision of its consulting chef, Sachin Chopra. Named in Esquire's Top US Chefs to Watch in 2011, he works with his culinary team to devise classics from India's Northern flatlands and Southern coast. The North is reflected in tandoori kebabs and biryani with with bone-in goat, whereas the South gets a lift from rice and lentil dosas stuffed with tangy potatoes or eggplant. To top it all off, the house's specialty cocktails—such as the Tropical Sun-Ray with tequila, Midori, and pineapple juice—tend to evoke the feeling of warm climates, just like a glass full of mini-umbrellas.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arenas launch socked striplings into the air with a plethora of kid-friendly bounce pads. Staffers supervise fun-filled visits, during which adult counterparts leap around with their kids through gargantuan bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an inflated obstacle course.
The colorful venue also hosts custom birthday parties and private team parties, each themed to please the partygoers in question. These soirees immerse children in a schedule of interactive activities befitting a pirate or a superhero while melting off youthful energy faster than ice cubes thrown into a running DVD player. The birthday boy or girl even gets to blow out the candles on their cake seated in their blow-up throne. Occasionally, the staffers switch off the lights, arming the roomful of players with glow sticks and bracelets as they navigate the air-cushioned obstaclescape. Relying on the staffers' vigilant, watchful eyes, guardians can rest assured that their charges will stay safe, and each piece of the inflatable playground is held to the floor and ceiling by a complex series of anchors installed according to strict safety standards.
A giant inflatable Superman towers above Bounce-a-Rama's indoor playground, whose air-filled attractions accommodate children eager to slide, climb, and explore. Tunnels and popups wind through a Batman-themed inflatable, and a steep, two-story slide lets kids safely experience free fall. Characters like Dora the Explorer and Scooby-Doo preside over other bouncers in areas specifically designed with younger children in mind. For noninflatable fun, Bounce-a-Rama stocks its game area with arcade staples such as Deal or No Deal and skee-ball. To reenergize youngsters after playtime, the facility's aviation-themed Fly 'n' Dine restaurant serves treats such as chicken nuggets and slices of housemade pizza.
More than 13,000 square feet of fitness splendor greets each prospective corpus contortionist at the India Community Center's welcoming health club. Dozens of modern cardio-equipment machines await the lovable limbs and torsos of hopeful hardbodies, including ellipticals, treadmills, rowing machines, life-sized Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, and exercise bicycles. Each apparatus features its own personal television and coin-operated hugging device. If the support of fellow flexers is desired for muscular motivation, the center hosts more than 50 group classes per week for exercisers four and up, including yoga, Zumba, group cycling, step aerobics, and Bollywood CardioDance. Before a session in the free-weight area, bodybuilding parents can feel free to drop off kids aged three months to 12 years ($3.50 per session or $15 per month) at the Play Care area for controlled Tonka truck lifting and stationary cycles with training wheels.