Name something you don't like about going to the gym, and chances are good that Brickhouse Cardio Club has done something to fix it. For one, members build a personal connection with their instructors, since every instructor is full--time and leads classes at the same time every week. Even before they join, members engage with the staff in a preliminary one-on-one session to go over their health history and determine their fitness goals. Even the studios have been meticulously designed to give students their best workout ever: the specialized hardwood floors are easy on the joints, and powerful sound systems help energize students and drown out the tiny cries of calories burning. The formula has worked well, as the club has established locations in nearly two dozen US states, plus one in Ontario.
Though The Frisco Bar initially opened to provide the people of Frisco with a neighborhood hangout, the eatery is far from a typical bar. Sure, the menu is dotted with traditional bar food, such as burgers, pizza, and fish and chips, but these hearty meals also share page-space with more upscale feasts, including fish and tenderloin tacos, sweet-potato fries, and lumpia rolls packed with ground pork, carrots, and sprouts. To complement meals, bartenders pour glasses of cabernet, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio, and concoct nine unconventionally flavored martinis, from chocolate-covered raspberry to cinnamon apple pie. During their visit, patrons can sink into the eatery’s soft leather and velvet seating, play shuffleboard and darts, or test new pick-up lines on sports announcers broadcasted across the bar's collection 50-inch HD TVs.
The staff at The Dive Bar & Grill work hard to cultivate a versatile, laid-back atmosphere, accommodating large parties of revelers and small, relaxed groups of friends. With a friendly, unrushed attitude, servers present the eatery’s duo of flexible menus—one for the bar and another for the restaurant. At the bar, diners pair beer and wine with chorizo-seasoned potato croquettes, seafood-stuffed quesadillas, and strawberry-studded salads served in portions designed for sharing with friends and gregarious diners at the next table. Meanwhile, The Dive Bar & Grill’s restaurant menu plays to a variety of tastes with a crispy pan-fried beet slider, glazed and grilled cuts of mahi mahi, and seafood pasta perfumed with precious saffron.
Pool tables, 12 televisions, weekly poker nights, and a menu compiled of traditional Irish fare make this establishment a neighborhood institution. Start the evening with an order of Rover Nuts, breaded and fried orbs of mashed potatoes, onions, cheese, bacon bits, and jalapeños ($6 for six). A Rover Rueben piles sauerkraut, thousand-island dressing, melted swiss, and corned beef or turkey on marbled rye ($9), and the shepherd's pie tucks away seasoned ground beef and vegetables in a savory gravy-topped crust suitcase ($12). Though beverages are not included in this Groupon, Irish Rover also boasts 39 draft beers and additional bottled options.
Twisted Pelican’s hearty American fare encourages families and friends to congregate around succulent burgers, sandwiches, and specialty entrees within a festive nosh haven peppered with flat-screen TVs. For game-day gatherings, the restaurant fuels fans with a pre-assembled spread, which kicks off with piquant scoops of salsa that adorn crunchy chips or double as body paint. Slices of cheese, hawaiian, or barbecue-chicken pizza transport fresh toppings to taste repositories, and a platter of 20 wings coats hands and lucky foam fingers in buffalo sauce, lemon pepper, or teriyaki glaze. Feasters who forego the game-day celebrations can graze Twisted Pelican’s diverse menu, where meaty platters such as filet mignon ($16.95) and chicken-fried steak ($10.95) wait to high-step across taste-bud goal lines.
Despite being the singular martini the upscale eatery and bar is named for, the Blue martini is actually just one of approximately 40 painstakingly crafted martinis. Bartenders stir up cocktails such as the Cake Pop martini swirling with flavors of vanilla, champagne, cranberry, and chocolate, and the Down and Dirty martini doused in olive juice and Russian Standard Platinum vodka. A menu of upscale plates starring fresh seafood, flatbreads, and lemon-pepper chicken complement drinks from the bar, while the luxurious ambience at all 12 locations is enhanced by romantic lighting, energetic live music, and a VIP lounge for martini glasses once owned by US presidents or celebrities.