While many restaurants serve as one of several stops on a date-night agenda, Eclipse di Luna accomplishes the tricky task of melding dinner, drinks, entertainment, and dancing into one lively experience. Every night, live acts—ranging from international DJs to acoustic guitar—provide a festive background for samplings of the original and thoughtfully plated tapas departing from the kitchen. Spanish–cheese samplings feature a 12-month-aged manchego and 3-month-aged queso ibores, and grilled hanger steak rests atop a bed of chickpea mashed potatoes. Classics such as paella and calamari share menu space with less-traditional twists such as lightly fried chesapeake oysters and seared tuna carpaccio. In catering to all its clientele, the kitchen staff also prepares items from gluten-free and vegan menus. To bring out the flavors of each dish, the wait staff recommends selections from a wine lists that features varieties from California, Spain, Chile, Germany, Italy, and Portugal, to name a few. Exposed-brick walls surround the eclectic and Wonderland-esque dining room, where chairs hang from the ceiling among strings of sparkling lights. Tall candles light the tables, both clothed and bare, the inhabitants of which drink specialty cocktails and admire colorful, Spanish–inspired artwork. TKTK Park Place location: While many restaurants serve as one of several stops on a date-night agenda, Eclipse di Luna accomplishes the tricky task of melding dinner, drinks, entertainment, and dancing into one lively experience. Every night, live acts—ranging from flamenco guitarists to DJs and professional belly dancers—provide a festive background for samplings of the original and thoughtfully plated tapas departing from the kitchen. Mojo and aioli dipping sauces accompany fried yucca root, and aged balsamic vinegar flavors Spanish–style ribs. Classics such as lightly fried calamari share menu space with less-traditional twists such as a black, squid-ink paella and seared tuna carpaccio. To bring out the flavors of each dish, the wait staff recommends selections from a wine list that features varieties from California, Spain, Chile, Germany, Italy, and Portugal, to name a few. A natural stone floor and hanging, star-shaped lanterns serve as the base and apex of the dining room, where studio lighting illuminates abstract paintings and full-sized windows to give the space a funky vibe. Bare wood constructs both the tables and the bar, where specialty cocktails fuel bouts on the dance floor.
The Southern cooking sages at Café Le Rue hearken to the bayous of Louisiana while conjuring up the robust dishes that adorn their menu of authentic Cajun delicacies. Appetizers roust slumbering appetites more efficiently than donning a belly shirt in a blizzard, with selections such as sweet corn and jalapeño hush puppies ($6.99), or fried oysters sidled up next to a spicy rémoulade sauce ($11.99). Po boys and wraps ($9.99) extinguish hand-held hunger pangs, while shrimp and crawfish étouffe snuggles together two types of shellfish on a bed of rice ($10.99). Sautéed sausage anoints the hot n spicy red beans and rice ($10.99), affording diners the privilege of sampling the flavors of the Gulf without robbing a museum of Louis Armstrong's lunch pail.
The Savannah Walks leads newcomers and locals alike through the shadowy, moss-laden squares of Savannah’s historic colonial district during informative guided tours. Each outing provides a unique twist on the city and its unmistakable charm, covering topics such as Savannah during the Civil War, historic fine homes, majestic gates and gardens, and local pubs. Tour guides all boast scholastic bona fides, including among them three published authors and three college professors. The Savannah Walks easily accommodates school groups, civic organizations, corporations, celebrities, and animals standing on each other's shoulders under an overcoat.
Chef Chris Borden has sliced, diced, and sizzled up countless gourmet dishes for more than 17 years. A master of making fine food on a tight caloric budget, Borden's career spans work at establishments ranging from luxurious country clubs to diet-conscious healthcare facilities. At Fresh 'n Fit Cuisine, he's backed by a highly trained culinary team and a registered dietitian, all of whom work to make the finest meals no matter what the client's nutritional needs. Borden uses fresh ingredients, shying away from the frozen, dehydrated, or astronaut-friendly ones often used in other premade meals.
The menus rotate regularly, and meet the guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the American Dietetic Association, and the American Cancer Society. After Chef Borden and his team prepare the dishes within a USDA-approved kitchen, they’ll prep them for pickup at one of Fresh ‘n Fit’s 79 area locations.
Thai Heaven enraptures palates with a plentiful menu of authentic dishes served in a stylish, exotic setting. Color-coordinate outfits with traditional specialties such as green curry—a spicy concoction of bell peppers, green beans, basil leaves, and bamboo strips—and mild yellow curry, with potatoes and onions ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). The drunken noodle entree—rice noodles fried and stirred with jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, and sweet basil—weaves enticingly around the room before stumbling headfirst into diners’ mouths ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). Thai Heaven's Virginia Avenue location complements cooked fare with a wide-ranging sushi menu, allowing mouths to house fishy inhabitants such as the Super Crunch, tempura topped with smoked salmon and eel sauce ($8.50), the spicy tuna roll ($8.50), or pieces of nigiri and sashimi ($3.95–$6).