The aroma of barbecue wafts well beyond Chicago Ribs' kitchen. A hint of yeast mingles with the scent of smoked meats, emerging from roaring ovens that bake pizzas with medium-thick crusts. In addition to freshly made pizzas, the menu lists two specialties—barbecued baby-back and beef-back ribs—and a "world famous Chicago feast" that brings these ribs to one platter with wings, shrimp, onion rings, and beer-battered train passes.
Midnight Muncheez's delivery people zip late-night nourishment to residents of Newport Beach, Costa Mesa, and Huntington Beach until 3 a.m. on weeknights and 4 a.m. on weekends. Callers quell after-hours belly rumblings with carne-asada tacos and 14-inch Hawaiian pizzas. Beer and wine are also available for delivery.
Slimm Yogurt's sweet-tooth-appeasing staff builds swirly mountains of fro-yo and percolates steaming cups of joe. Customize 10 flavors of self-serve frozen yogurt ($0.35/ounce) with a variety of toppings, or sip on the 'cicle shavings of a snow ice ($3.79–$4.89). Cupcakes ($2.19 each) earn their name by fitting snugly in empty mugs of mocha or latte ($2.99–$3.39), and brick toast ($3.59) can be used to wolf-proof any porcine residence.
Pouring beer is an art form: glasses need to be titled just so or they’ll fill with foam. Fortunately, it’s a skill that’s easy to learn, especially at Tap House, where brews gush forth from 94 taps. Bartenders decant 60 beers in the main room and pour from 12 taps in the downstairs area. Alternatively, patrons who wish to take a hands-on approach can fill their own glasses at a beer wall with 12 self-pouring taps and at a self-serve 10-tap system on the outdoor patio.
Served at a frosty 29 degrees, beers—from light ales to double IPAs—can complement Tap House’s upscale bar food. As tap masters fill pints, cooks in the kitchen top locally farmed Angus burgers with ingredients such as shredded pork and A1 sauce. They also coat swordfish steaks in garlic lemon butter and flavor ribs with house dry rub and BBQ sauce marinated in citrus wheat beer.
These meals unfold in Tap House's elevated dining room, where more than 50 televisions always stay tuned to the night's biggest sports games, never to the night’s biggest mathematical lectures. Bands and DJs take to the main floor's stage on weekends, when the restaurant also hosts Sunday brunches with bottomless champagne and Budweiser.
Brunch, lunch, and dinner are served seven days a week at Bodhi Tree Vegetarian Cafe, where the menu offers numerous healthy ways to break bread sans MSG, cholesterol, and non-vegetarian ingredients. Ignore the allure of seductive chickens with an appetizer of eggless egg rolls (four for $4.95; eight for $8.95), sip curry noodle soup ($7.95), or savor sizzling black pepper steak ($11.95). All entrees are vegan, which means that diners can lock their lips on crispy “chicken” sandwiches ($6.95) or slurp pho ($7.95) without worrying about them not being vegan.
Like a skilled yet benevolent warlock, Oni plies her purportedly magical fingers to mix her own organic facial products, using elements such as raw honey, apple-cider vinegar, and coffee. She gently administers a range of soothing treatments with these housemade elixirs, massaging faces and applying masks. Oni also specializes in waxing, during which she minimizes pain while maximizing the number of unwanted hairs she sends to an early retirement—probably in a warm state such as Hairizona.