Brown Bag Café's griddle masters whip up an extensive menu of casual, American-style fare for breakfast, lunch, and Tuesday dinner. Greet the morning sun by looking it straight in the eye and enjoying a double stack of fluffy pancakes ($4.49) or a grilled croissant sandwich loaded with egg, bacon, and cheddar ($3.49). Midday stacked specialties tower over blue and orange booths with fried green tomato BLTs topped with applewood-smoked bacon ($7.99). Cajun-style mahi-mahi tacos ($7.99) wear crowns of pepper jack cheese and mango salsa, and the cheesy cheeseburger ($6.99) fills stomachs with cheddar, swiss, provolone, and house-made pimento melted over a half-pound patty and served with fresh-cut pub chips and a softly spoken ode to Wisconsin.
It's been more than a half-century since the first Char-Grill opened its doors on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh, but not much has changed at this beloved local chain. Whether in the original cinderblock building or one of the 10 locations that have been added since, people still approach the counter to jot down orders, pass them through the window, and then look on as cooks grill half- and quarter-pound steak patties over charcoal flames.
In addition to the signature smoky-flavored burgers, Char-Grill also fires up grilled chicken, chili dogs, and pulled-pork sandwiches. Milkshakes and fries add to the eatery's classic feel, helping land it on USA Today's list of 51 Great Burgers and reminding guests of simpler times when hamburgers were used as currency.
During the signature mani-pedi, one of Simply Nails' experienced technicians files nail edges before trimming and cleaning unruly cuticles. OPI polish in the customer's chosen color spills onto keratin canvases before a 7-minute foot massage eases paws' stresses from outrunning cartoon coyotes. The deluxe mani-pedi bestows the aforementioned nail trimming, cleaning, and coloring as well as a skin-nourishing foot mask, infusing human hooves with nutrients that replace toxins evicted by the deluxe's extended 15-minute foot massage. Finally, a hot-stone massage warms troublesome areas, ripening them to optimal kneadability for a muscle-mending massage therapist or near-perfect Stretch Armstrong impersonations.
Domino's recently reformulated its pizza recipe, which puts the buyer in command of a plentitude of pie-personalizing possibilities. Test the sturdiness of a hand-tossed thin crust with mounds of hearty marinara, ham, chicken, green peppers, black olives, and spinach, or fill a deep-dish foundation with alfredo sauce, bacon, onions, jalapeños, fresh mushrooms, and banana peppers. While delicious design options stretch into infinity like a taffy pull in a black hole, the eatery's specialty pizzas make choosing more manageable. Peruse pies like the MeatZZa Feast, which is piled high with pepperoni, ham, italian sausage, beef, and extra mozzarella, and the Pacific Veggie, a flashy West Coast–concoction of roasted red peppers, spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives, feta, mozzarella, and provolone.
Strap in for speed and follow the fast-tracked wisdom of NASCAR-licensed drivers at Stock Car Driving Experience. Ultimate Ride Package guests will take a seat beside a veteran stockcar speed demon and encircle the full track at Old Dominion Speedway for five heart-pounding laps, in addition to laps for warm up, cool down, and victory. Stock cars are capable of reaching speeds in excess of 200 mph, and because you'll be on a speedway track, your dashboard speedometer is sure to get plenty of exercise. If you opt for the Extreme Driving Experience, you'll fly through the same shotgun ride of the Ultimate Ride, and, to fulfill your insatiable throttling thirst, you'll take the driver's seat for a full 15 laps of automotive bliss. All instruction is done onsite, so guests don't have to worry about buying their own stock car or mail-order driver in advance.
Jac’s Grill serves up a dinner menu packed with gourmet seafood, steak, salads, and pasta. Field greens take on a new persona when disguised in spiced walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, roasted-black-peppered apples, a blond wig, and a sweet maple vinaigrette ($5–$7). Parmesan fried oysters served over cheese grits ($10) leave diners eager to move onto main-meal events, such as pecan-crusted grouper, which is baked, dressed in a red-pepper coulis, and served with parmesan risotto and asparagus ($24). Jac’s à la carte meat market gives diners a choice of various cuts of steak, chicken, or pork chops, all served with sides, inventive sauces, and an affirmation of free will. A 12-ounce New York strip steak may pair with a roasted sweet potato, wilted spinach, and a smoked-gouda cream sauce ($24), and a loaded potato cake, broccolini, and Jac’s own barbeque sauce can accompany tender chicken to the plate ($13).