Flashing knives and spurting flames dazzle diners as the chefs at Kuma Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar theatrically sear entrees on the tabletop hibachi grills. Equally comfortable with cooking vegetables and meats, the chefs can shuffle a number of them across the grill's iron surface, including scallops, chicken, or filet mignon. Meanwhile, the sushi chefs gingerly slice pieces of fresh salmon and tuna behind their bar—unlike traditional bartenders, who rarely slice bottles into neat sections. Their work does not stop there, however, because they also carefully layer orders of salmon nigiri that can emerge alongside a familiar or inventive sushi roll, which arrives in either six or eight bite-sized pieces.
Bianca's Designs' dessert-decorating instructor Barbara Reed schools students in the wizardly Wilton method of decoration and design. In a single two-hour class, partner pairs from every walk of life, from mothers and sons to best friends to doppelgängers en détente, learn about the intricate art of icing-bag filling and its use in glamorizing cakes and cupcakes before dabbling in fresh fondant. Student pairs are supplied with all the tools and enough icing and fondant to sneak tastes of while constructing their confectionary creations. This introductory class serves as a good first step on the pastry pilgrimage before taking more advanced classes or absorbing the knowledge of a master pastry chef via osmosis.
Itza Taco Sports Grill combines south-of-the-border dishes with a casual atmosphere to create a welcoming spot for noshing on cultured eats and catching the big game. Take in the day's fiercest football, basketball, or spelling-bee matchup while perusing the flavor-filled menu. Rev an appetite engine with the warm and crispy chips and salsa ($2.99) before alighting on the fish tacos ($8.99), served swimming with a school of delicious fixings. Belly up to the spice-filled buffalo-chicken wrap ($6.99) or sate the hunger of a little-league tablemate with a peanut butter and jelly sandwich ($3.99), which tastes even tastier inside the room full of colorful, booming plasma-screen TVs. To complete the feast, snag a pint from the impressive beer selection that provides the ideal sauce for fry dipping should the ketchup run dry.
Itza Sports Bar and Grill's menu of American cuisine brims with numerous seafood dishes, sandwiches, steaks, and beers. Quell appetites' abandonment issues with Itza Chips, homemade potato chips sprinkled with blue-cheese crumbles ($5.50). A wide variety of fish, including salmon, mahi mahi, grouper, and catfish, make appearances on formerly empty plates, and blackened or fried tilapia burrows under flour tortillas, pico de gallo, and sour cream before metamorphosing into fish tacos ($8.99). Pack stomachs tighter than carry-on luggage with slow-roasted baby back ribs ($19.99 for a full rack, $10.99 for a half rack) or Cajun pasta, a spicy fusion of seasoned chicken breast, shrimp, sautéed red and green peppers, alfredo sauce, and Cajun rice ($13.99). While savoring one of the many beers on tap, gaze into the eyes of one of Itza's 25 high-definition TVs, gander at nature on the outdoor patio, or bask in the spectacle of various nightly events and entertainment.