The Idiot Box Comedy Club has a smart focus: to nurture local comedians. That's why it keeps area comics on its roster, giving them ample opportunity to share the stage with national headliners such as Last Comic Standing finalist Myq Kaplan. The club also hosts weekly improv shows starring the award-winning Idiot Boxers, a community-based troupe that's been crafting extemporaneous comedy scenes for more than 10 years. And to help keep their ranks growing, these improvisors hold classes to teach burgeoning funny people and kids who accidentally broke a window how to think on their feet.
Fat Dog's Grille & Pub serves fresh, made-to-order, quality pub food?think wings, lean ground beef burgers, and sandwiches?in a lively casual atmosphere. Big screen TVs broadcast all major sporting events and tournaments, allowing fans to root for their team over a basket of spicy, savory hot wings and krinkle fries, while an outdoor patio comes alive during warm weather months, so guests can bask in the sun as they sample from Fat Dog's 60+ beer selection.
La Fiesta Restaurante Mexicano?s classic dishes have earned the eatery a long-standing award proudly displayed on the website: Best Mexican Restaurant nine years in a row, as voted by readers of the Times-News. At the start of each workday, the restaurant?s chefs fry the popular tortilla chips and whip up bowls of salsa. Then they get to work on such dishes as chicken simmered in a chipotle cream, char-grilled steak tacos, and spinach burritos.
The Tap Room delights diners with classic pub fare, including sandwiches ($8.50), salads ($7.95), and wraps ($8.95) served in a cozy atmosphere. Sink incisors into a beefy burger ($8.95), made of cowering patties seeking shelter in the reassuring embrace of a bun-like blanket. Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as drawing a perfect circle, skydiving straight into space, or teaching a pack of wild dogs how to sing the complete soundtrack from Cats, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured one of The Tap Room's meals. The neighborhood watering hole is lined in dusky, bottle-bedecked exposed wood and soaring windows. It also features occasional live music and hosts events for a bounty of burger-worthy affairs, including NCAA tournament games and holidays. Free WiFi allows diners to check their email and salads to achieve improved connectivity.
At each Tropical Smoothie Cafe location, healthy choices abound with drinks consisting of fresh fruit and snacks loaded with veggies and premium meats and cheeses. The caf??s colorful repertoire of smoothies runs the gamut from creamy, dessert-based indulgent creations to light and refreshing low-fat fruit options or frosty drinks boosted with supplements. Strawberries, bananas, and peaches mingle with exotic a?a? and goji berries to form mouthwatering concoctions designed to deliver health-boosting antioxidants, essential nutrients and laser-vision-inducing vitamins. Drinks pair with ciabatta and griddled flatbread during breakfast and lunch, as well as with made-to-order salads and a host of wraps and sandwiches.
Taking its name from the succulent famously used to create tequila, Blue Agave Mexican Bar & Grill treats diners to an authentic taste of bold, regional Mexican cooking. Take the guacamole, for instance: servers blend the piquant dip tableside. Iconic flavors can also be found in dishes such as the grilled shrimp, accented with the smoky flavor of chipotle pepper sauce, as well as the Mexico City-style tacos filled with thin-sliced carne asada or marinated pork and grilled pineapple. Even the drink menu embraces tradition. Drafts of imported beer appear alongside homemade sangria and fruity margaritas served by the glass, pitcher, or eyedropper.