The River Café Trattoria serves wood-burning brick-oven pizza and fresh Italian favorites in a family-friendly atmosphere. Start dinner with a taste of Tuscany antipasti, a culinary welcoming committee of fresh mozzarella, sopressata, artichokes, roasted peppers, fried eggplant, and Sicilian olives ($12). Inside the fiery brick oven, quattro stagionia pizzas bake and bubble around a mouth-watering compilation of prosciutto, artichokes, mushrooms, and black olives ($15.95 for a 14” pie). A classic margherita hits the fresh-basil spot ($12.95 for a 14” pizza), though fork-holding green thumbs may find their herb fix with the gnocchi al pesto ($13). Glasses of fresh juices ($3.50) or canned colas ($1.30) can be poured directly into gullets or mixed together with bring-your-own beverages. A pizza alla Nutella topped with bananas, strawberries, and powdered sugar ($10) finishes the meal if traditional Italian deserts such as tiramisu ($4) don’t get there first.
True to its name, Just Grapes Lounge focuses on wines, with more than 30 vintages poured by the glass and 18 more varieties sequestered on a reserve bottle list. Microbrews, champagnes, and ports round out the lounge's full bar, complementing a Mediterranean-tinged tapas menu. Small plates, ranging from hummus and crostini to stuffed baked clams, are ideal for smothering appetites or boosting a tiny table's self-esteem. Three styles of rustic pizza artfully pair tomatoes with cheese, whereas molten fondue, served in a bread bowl, comes in varieties including gorgonzola and double-cream brie.
Murals depict giant hot dogs and hamburgers on the sides of Steve's Burgers, a quaint roadside eatery built from red and white wooden planks. Inside, owner and chef Stephen Chrisomalis brings the images to life, grilling up hand-sculpted burgers and hot dogs that he'll crown with housemade chili, sauerkraut, and other toppings. Much to the chagrin of intergalactic bounty hunters, he never freezes his burgers, making them fresh each day so they retain their savory juices. He also serves up philly cheesesteaks and fries smothered with gravy or cheese.
Ropa vieja slow-simmered in garlic and spices from Old San Juan transports taste buds to the island of Puerto Rico, but not just the well-known tourist attractions. The menu delivers authentic tastes of Puerto Rico from its well-trod beaches to its tropical jungles. To set the scene, an indoor tree spreads its branches over the dining room and cave-like stone shelves store glasses and flatware. Servers blend cocktail mixes with BYOB libations at a bar that's offset by a wall of water trickling over stacked gray stones. Flat-screen TVs play sports highlights or the tree's favorite talk shows, and karaoke offers live entertainment once a month.
Brushed Tanning Studio's skilled spray-gun wielders provide a healthy alternative to traditional sun worship with UV-free sunless-tanning treatments. Using an FDA approved, 100% organic formula derived from raw sugar cane, certified technicians carefully cover every curve and contour with a golden glow that gradually appears over the course of 24 hours. The entire process takes as little as 10 minutes and lasts an average of 7–10 days, though results can last up to two weeks for clients who exfoliate sparingly or are particularly adept at time travel.
Cooks at Fuzion Restaurant & Bar mingle Latin American recipes with Asian, American, and Italian flavors, creating an eclectic menu of international fusion cuisine. They top chicken burgers with chipotle-spiced mayonnaise and american cheese, as well as craft three types of corn tortilla tacos brimming with churrasco and guacamole, chicken and pico de gallo, or tilapia battered in Cajun-style tempura. While kitchen staffers plate these culinary amalgamations, bartenders shake up specialty cocktails, such as a traditional mojito or the fruit-garnished Cruzan Confuzion, which features coconut rum, mango rum, and pineapple juice.
Patrons can dine on an outdoor patio during warm weather or toasty apocalyptic firestorms, and dance to DJ-spawned beats on the weekends.