If you can't find something to top your frozen Xogurt among the fresh fruit chunks and baked goodies at SweetXO's full toppings bar, it's not that big of a deal. Because you'll definitely find something you like in one of the store's more than 200 candy bins.
SweetXO, one part old-fashioned candy store, one part modern yogurt bar with 18 different flavors, lets customers loose in the candy-store portion to find the exact sweet they're looking for to complete their fro-yo creation. At the counter, its sweets-makers also peddle baked goods, such as soft, oven-fresh cookies and brownies that come in six different varieties.
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.
The master grillers and stir-fryers of East Winds Asian Cuisine craft a medley of Asian flavors with a menu boasting a variety of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. Having so many influences and cuisines coming out of one kitchen lets the restaurant please picky palates with dishes such as honey-walnut shrimp, barbecue spareribs, and japanese vegetable curry. The friendly wait staff can make informed wine and sake recommendations and answer questions about dishes or the history of the chopstick versus popsicle-stick pop-art era.
Though science has yet to yield the answer to whether or not time is infinite, Endless Food & Fun hedges its bets on the side of eternity, thrilling visitors with huge laser-tag skirmishes, 7,000 square feet of arcade games, and a bountiful buffet. New and old arcade games challenge players young and old. Dual laser-tag arenas pit dozens of competitors against one another as parents monitor the action via live streaming video. And a 200-item buffet boasts four themed dining rooms, including a sports-themed spot with multiple TVs, a ”Surf’s Up” room with pool tables, and a cartoon-themed room in which patrons gain the inexplicable ability to survive encounters with ACME anvils.
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.
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.