Neon beer signs cast blue, green, and red light across the black ceiling, and tables populate with okra, mushrooms, and cauliflower starters—all deep fried to a golden crunch. An enormous projection TV broadcasts the latest game amid the pulse of a jukebox, and several flat screens promote revelry at the weathered wooden bar.
For more than 20 years, this casual sports bar has unleashed its signature third-pound burgers on Derby, topping them with everything from whole grilled-cheese sandwiches to chili and nacho cheese. After two-handing hot dogs or brisket sandwiches, guests can test their motor skills with the bar's free Xbox 360 with Kinect game base, or improve their coolness quotient by ordering the trendiest new summer drink: water on the rocks.
More than 50 rotating flavors of low-fat and fat-free frozen yogurt flow in creamy rivulets from CherryBerry’s self-serve machines, which work busily beside canisters filled with candy toppings and a cold bar stocked with fresh fruits. At any given time, the 12 pumps stock a kosher-certified cavalcade of flavors such as nonfat cheesecake, low-fat cherry limeade, and no-sugar-added tahitian vanilla. Armadas of almonds and animal cookies join buoyant brownie bites in each tart or mellow sea of yogurt, which contains four types of live active cultures to promote healthy digestion. The CherryBerry crew eschews powdered mixes for handpicked dairy products and fruit purees, gathering their ingredients from a variety of quality sources and abominable-snowman caves.
Without a phone, one feels suddenly helpless and disconnected. Technicians at MobileComm restore broken devices, returning cracked screens to clarity and replacing short-lived batteries. Some phones leap back to life with fresh motherboards, and water-damage repair can restore data after you tell an orca a joke while it is taking a drink. The crew draws on an array of parts and accessories from popular cellular brands such as Apple, Android, and Blackberry, and a burbling chorus of electronics fills the vast showroom of chargers, headphones, and sleek phone cases.
The quick-serving cooks at Spangles engage appetites in a '50s-themed dining environment, having recently bolstered the menu with a saucy taste of the Far East—Wok 'n' Roll Bowls, which come in three flavors ($4.49 each). The sweet chicken teriyaki and sirloin steak spoon with stir-fried carrots and broccoli on a bed of steamed white rice, and diners longing for legumes can sink their teeth careening into the spicy kung pao chicken bowl crowned with peanuts. Keep thirsty mouths from imbibing ketchup packets by dangling a pair of 32-ounce soft drinks in front of them ($1.69 each). Ten varieties are available, such as tropical punch, green-peach tea, Pepsi, and root beer.
The wireless wizards and service providers at AT&T Authorized Retailers equip phones with a wealth of accessories. An iGo green universal wall charger ($49.99) powers up virtually any phone—with corresponding cables, sold separately, and doubles as a battery backup to provide power when wall outlets run dry. Two-packs of screen protectors for the Impulse 4G and Xperia Play ($15) keep displays smudge-free and glare-free. Alternatively, an AGF leather-inlayed rubber case ($30) grants Samsung Galaxy S II's the protection of an iron gauntlet ensconced in a stylish velvet glove, and the Body Glove soft-shell case for Impulse 4G phones ($30) offers a smooth, gel surface that stows easily without attracting pocket lint or bellybutton lint masquerading as pocket lint. Throw a party to celebrate newly acquired phone accessories with entertainment provided by an iHome mini stereo-speaker system, featuring two amplified speakers and vacuum bass expansion with a protective carrying case ($49.99).