The chefs at HuHot Mongolian Grill stand around a giant, round grill, preparing sizzling heaps of stir-fry. Unlike at other restaurants, every serving is different because, instead of the kitchen staff, the customer preps each bowl. The bowls may be brimming with chopped vegetables, seafood, and noodles, or they may be composed entirely of water chestnuts. The spice level of each dish varies based on the eater's preferences; MSG-free sauces range from barbecue to sweet teriyaki to five-alarm Kung Pao … Yow! Since HuHot Mongolian Grill is an all-you-can-eat affair, diners get the chance to mix and match different ingredients with each trip to the grill.
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).
Throughout the week, Bounce-N-Around buzzes with activity as kids scramble and jump over the springy landscapes of inflatable bouncers. Arcade games test hand-eye coordination and aptitude at space invading, and electric kiddie rides—such as horses, cars, and helicopters—bob back and forth in their own area. A mini movie theater provides a scaled-down, all-ages cinema experience, complete with tiered seating.
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.
Try It Racing puts raceway rabble-rousers in the passenger or driver's seat of authentic stock cars while cruising along professional speedways. With the Ultimate Ride package, aspiring rubber-burners buckle up alongside a licensed driver to race around the track at full speed. At the short tracks of Orange County Speedway or Langley Speedway, passengers will circle the track for five full laps, plus warm-up and cool-down runs, for the full oval-inspired experience. Those choosing to motor around the 3/8-mile Old Dominion Speedway can follow in the tire marks of its past drivers, including Richard Petty, Darrell Waltrip, and Bobby Allison.
Every dish at Showside Grill & Bakery passes through the gaping mouth of a four-eyed beast. The playfully painted service window is one of the many quirky design elements of the eatery's lime-green 75-seat dining room, a fitting backdrop for its eclectic cuisine and variety of live shows. Chefs Michael and Art Ward whip up burgers and hot dogs, seafood, and classic country-style favorites such as the open-face hot turkey on texas toast with gravy. The Monday-night Breakfast at Dinner event flip-flops the usual routine with a spread of eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. The prodigious dessert menu, like a slow-loris telethon, seems to stretch on interminably, running the toothsome gamut from truffles to mousse to classic cobblers and cakes as well as a long list of pies both traditional and inventive. Weekends add live entertainment to the mix, kicking off with Thursday-night karaoke followed by the beats of live local bands on Friday and Saturday.
Cattails Restaurant's executive chef Brian Schaaf dazzles palates with sophisticated culinary combinations and inspired presentation. Customers can kick-start meals with crispy duck confit on a bed of creamy, sweet pea risotto ($9). Crème fraiche floats along the surface of the sweet-potato bisque ($6) by clinging to a sage crouton, and walnut-crusted goat cheese climbs to the top of a salad of baby spinach, sliced pears, and an orange vinaigrette ($7). Dive mouth first into dinner entrees such as the grilled hickory-smoked pork chops served with potato-scallion cake, braised red cabbage, and an apple cider pork jus ($19) or the roasted cornish game hen ($18), chock-full of country ham and gruyere cheese and side-kicked by potato gnocchi and sage cream sauce. Cattails' dining room is perched high atop Five County Stadium, with a view of the field where the Carolina Mudcats play and weepily reenact scenes from Field of Dreams.