In 1978, brothers Eugene and John Jetts lent their name to the sign above their pizza shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan. In the more than 30 years that followed, they?ve lost one of the Ts but gained more than 300 franchises across the country. Jet?s Pizza churns out thin-crust rounds and signature square-shaped pies in hearty deep-dish form. The eight-corner deep-dish style lets each member of a dining octet enjoy a slice of corner crust without fearing the paper cuts inherent in triangle slices. After loading pizzas with heaps of meats and veggies, guests have the liberty of flavorizing their crust for free, choosing from eight options such as garlic, sesame seed, Cajun, or poppy seed. To augment pies, Jet's chefs whip up triple-cheese turbo sticks filled with mozzarella, cheddar, and romano as well as regular and boneless wings draped in hot or sweet sauces.
Play It! Game Center strives to facilitate an interactive atmosphere for bedroom-bound gamers, curating communal button mashing between friends and foes in the glow of 18 high-speed Alienware PCs and 15 Xbox 360s. The center's widescreen HDTVs broadcast players' digital derring-dos in renowned series such as Call of Duty and Halo, with linked consoles that enable multiplayer action without requiring access to competitors' implanted brain ports. In the midst of the flickering screens, wizard-capped card sharks assemble around 18 card tables for high-stakes Magic the Gathering and Heroscape tourneys. In addition to in-store gaming, Play It!'s for-sale selection of cards, accessories, and board games stands ready to help players nullify their n00b status.
Vines sprout from the red soil, twisting along their supports and craning toward the sun. Bunches of native Muscadine grapes weigh these gnarled vines down until they are harvested by a member of the Cauble family. Generations of Caubles have recreated this scene, overseeing 36 acres of land that is watered by natural underground springs. With the native grapes, the Caubles create exquisite varieties??such as the semi-dry Phyllis Ann, the floral Rosetta, and the barely peppery Monroe??to suit any meal or palate. Guests swing by the vineyard for tastings, art exhibits, and yoga classes held amid the vines. Each year, the setting also hosts numerous weddings as well as a concert series featuring local and nationally renowned artists.
The cooks at Eastfield Bar & Grill cook up specialty burgers, hot dogs, and American favorites to complement their selection of bottled and draft beers. Eastfield's signature burgers stake their reputation on their locally acquired, grass-fed beef stored in a Hamburglar-proof vault. The Crooked carolina burger glistens with a layer of blueberry-chipotle barbecue sauce, and the Christmas dinner burger makes taste buds nostalgic for the holidays with its turkey patty and cranberry mayo.
Like any dutiful sports bar, the eatery boasts TVs that screen games. Those walls also feature wood trim that borders exposed-brick walls, and whimsical plaques and signs impart the authentic bar-and-grill aesthetic. Eastfield Bar & Grill also hosts live music on Thursdays, and its well-padded booths ensure you don't to bring your own upholstery kit and couch stuffing.
Though the food may be wholesome—made with all-natural chicken and grass-fed, American Kobe beef—Bad Dog American Pub knows how to have fun. Plates of queso-filled pretzel bites and texas burgers topped with jalapeño cream cheese, caramelized onions, and applewood bacon dot tables during lunch and dinner; but once the sun goes down, Bad Dog transforms into an electric party destination worthy of even the wildest librarian. It’s not uncommon to find the pub packed wall to wall with partiers taking advantage of Bad Dog’s nightly drink specials. The pub’s nightlife is soundtracked by live music or DJs spinning top-40 hits, and come daybreak Bad Dog welcomes its guests to cheer on Sunday football games and other sports matches broadcast on flat-screen TVs with crystal-clear surround sound.
FireWater Restaurant & Bar's spacious, multi-level dining room encompasses many large tables and a bar, but thanks to some smart partitioning and plentiful columns, it all feels pretty private. While the venue suits a casual evening out, the menu contains some artfully plated treats. Snacks include everything from Vietnamese-style chicken wings to pimento dip and mussels in beer broth, and entrees are even more elaborate. Chefs prepare seared-tuna medleys with a green and wax-bean salad, cheesy penne pasta with shrimp, and filet mignon plated snugly with mashed potatoes that soak up excess juiciness.