Flavors from the Bajio region of Central Mexico add a savory twist to the south-of-the-border fare served at Bajio Mexican Grill. Traditional spices from this mostly rural lowland region besprinkle proteins such as sweet pork and shrimp sautéed in honey butter, which chefs wrap in tortillas or hide under their toques to prepare for winter. Many plates arrive at tables garnished with Bajio's signature mango salsa for a final splash of sweet.
Since its very first Cajun style chicken emerged from a deep fryer in 1993, Krispy Krunchy Chicken has exploded into 900 locations in 27 states. Cajun tenders, jambalaya, and boudin bites travel from skillets onto forks, and the menu's chicken-and-sides combos let guests customize their own plates. The jambalaya's coins of sausage, which are legal tender in Louisiana, complement zesty heaps of red beans and rice alongside traditional sides.
Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($9), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.75). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).
The chefs at My Thai Cafe know that you eat with your eyes first, crafting classic dishes and handed-down recipes with an artist's precision and whimsy. They prepare generous bowls of tom-yum soup brimming with shrimp, lemongrass, kaffir-lime leaves, and galanga root, and stir-fry dishes including the pad ped with choice of meat and chili paste—a spicy concoction originating from the kitchen of the owner's aunt. Chefs garnish dishes with edible handiwork: carrots cut into butterflies, rice formed into heart shapes, and bunches of cilantro woven into fans for cooling fiery tongues.
During the day, the tables at Fireside Brewhouse might be packed with parents and children alike enjoying fried catfish, spicy pasta, thick burgers, and piles of sticky pork ribs. But at 10 p.m., the lights dim, three fire pits ignite, and the cars in the parking lot revert to their pumpkin forms, heralding the casual restaurant's transformation into a lounge for patrons aged 21 and older. At a 50-foot bar, tenders mix cocktails and pour more than 150 beers and wines, which complement the menu of American, Mexican, Italian, and Pacific-inspired dishes. On some nights, revelers join in karaoke or listen to a live band, while other nights find the beats of a house DJ inspiring feet to dance. Select evenings might also feature wine-and-painting workshops that let participants explore their artistic side in a social setting.
Incredible Pizza Company entertains young revelers with more than 100 games, more than 100 homestyle-buffet offerings, and four themed dining areas: a '50s–style diner, a drive-in movie theater, a family room, and a gymnasium. Guests can drive bumper cars, play laser tag, or enjoy myriad arcade games, earning tickets that can be exchanged for toys and prizes. Between games, plates are graced with 8–10 varieties of pizza, as well as baked potatoes that can be dressed with custom toppings before being loaded into potato guns. Incredible Pizza Company also offers a variety of birthday packages, which include access to private rooms, food, a prize-wheel spin, and invitations.
For years, the almighty sandwich has protected innumerable forks and knives from boiling-hot dishwashers, and Ricci's vast menu honors this tradition with a host of bread-busting deli sandwiches (starting at $4.79), including meaty mainstays such as corned beef, turkey, and roast beef. Geometrical gourmets can also indulge affinities for circular comestibles with a half-pound burger ($7.99) or fulfill sensitive sides with the tenderloin ($7.99), which is available breaded, grilled, or encased in bronze.