The sound of jingling arcade games. The jostling of bumper cars. The smiling horses of a carousel. The sights and sounds of childhood abound at Pojos Family Fun Center, where games and rides have been helping kids make life-long memories since 1974. Whether they're coming for a birthday party of just spending a Saturday afternoon together, families can enjoy themselves with the center's timeless (and affordable) all-ages attractions. After a hard day of play, they can even retreat to Pojos' Carousel Caf?, where cooked-to-order pizzas, burgers, and sandwiches recharge even the most depleted of human batteries.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti such as spicy italian sausage, bacon, and unlimited invisible meats; or build a basic hawaiian with ham and pineapple. Omnivores can record results from a grilled-chicken-and-green-pepper experiment on a napkin spreadsheet; veggie traditionalists can plant tongues on the savory flavors of artichoke hearts and sun-dried tomatoes. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
Red chairs pop against the classic black-and-white checkered floor tiles at Korner Bistro. The green plants that fleck the interior offer an aesthetic touch similar to the foam art found atop hot espresso drinks. The balance of the elegant yet cozy ambience matches the balance of the menu. Grilled paninis, 6- to 13-inch sandwiches, and an array of pastries complement a full slate of hot and iced café beverages.
Executive chef and owner Wesley T. Beard draws from his travels in America and abroad to craft internationally inspired upscale eats, which focus on fresh ingredients, high-quality proteins, and multisensory experiences. Glazed, golden hues slather walls that stand guard around a relaxed dining space, where guests nibble and admire décor inspired by metropolitan areas such as New York and Chicago. When they're not distinguishing their entrees with French techniques or Latin-American sauces, the skilled kitchen crew whips up internationally themed dinners that spotlight smorgasbords from such nations as Italy, Russia, and Thailand. The restaurant suggests a wine pairing for each entree to help guide guests to harmonious flavor combinations without hiring a children's choir to sing the menu in its entirety.
Denali Pizza Company sparks sputtering hunger engines with its selection of specialty and build-your-own pizzas, as well as pastas, sandwiches, and more. Each of Denali’s delectable disks dons a foundation of homemade dough and can be adorned with 21 stylish toppings (such as sweet peppers, chorizo, and reindeer sausage) and 4 prismatic sauces (red, white, blue, or green). Diners can erect their own pizzascape or pick from a preconcocted selection of 10 specialty pies, such as the Owyhee, whose heavily pestoed terrain comes littered with chorizo, onion, and tomato ($15.95+).
Located in the Davenport district, in the same refurbished brick building as the Montvale Hotel, Scratch Restaurant & Lounge blends contemporary cooking with a refined atmosphere. Fresh aromas waft out of the open kitchen, where, true to the restaurant's name, chefs craft inventive dishes entirely from scratch. They draw on caches of seasonal ingredients such as herbs that only grow in a groundhog's shadow in February. Their USDA prime Angus steaks soak up flavors of smoked bacon and rosemary compound butter, while flaky halibut filets grill over flames.
Within the dining room, servers draw Washington and California wines from the rack that lines one exposed-brick wall. To further compliment the fresh fare, bartenders can shake or stir 32 specialty martinis.