Subdued lighting and the click of rolling pool balls set a classic pub scene inside Dog's Breath Tavern, a neighborhood spot with cold drinks and satisfying eats. Patrons sip beer or cocktails as they nosh on burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas from nearby Cousin Vinny's Pizza. If they're not playing pool or listening to live bands play, guests can also watch sports games on seven 42-inch flat-screen televisions and three flat-screen televisions that broadcast at a whopping 120 inches.
The founders of Eclipse Coffee and Tea sought to create a more personal and welcoming space than what they found in franchised coffee shops. So they invite their patrons to curl up on one of their couches with a coffee drink made with beans from Cincinnati roaster Seven Hills Coffee. The baristas craft hot and cold beverages, including signature lattes flavored with milk chocolate, caramel, almond, coconut, and even peanut butter, making for a drink that's sweeter and more convenient than stirring a cappucino with a candy bar. At lunch, patrons enjoy specialty paninis or the create-your-own sandwich option, directing staff to build custom sandwiches with Boar's Head cold cuts. Baked goods from Ashley's Pastry Shop, which has served the area for about 30 years, are made fresh daily for breakfast or dessert.
T-Willy's Yogurt doesn't just want its patrons to savor its decadent, health-conscious treats?it encourages them to tap into their artistic side. The self-serve frozen yogurt joint lets guests mix and match 15 ever-rotating flavors of sweet and tart yogurt or sorbet, then adorn them with toppings, such as caramel, coconut, or chocolate-covered pretzels. The inevitable deliciousness of each creation belies its healthy nature; each 4-ounce serving contains as little as 100 calories, and all of the frozen-yogurt varieties comply with the National Yogurt Association's Live and Active Culture Program and feature high counts of live and active cultures.
Club 51 Fitness covers every fitness base with group exercises, a 40,000-square-foot workout room, and personal training. Top weight-machine brands such as Life Fitness, Nebula, and Hammer Strength make appearances alongside cardio machines, and hardwood-floored classrooms flooded with natural light host yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. The club also boasts childcare services and a women-only workout area, useful for avoiding pickup lines from randy treadmills. After workouts, guests can lounge in the locker rooms' dry saunas and steam rooms or in the onsite day spa.
For nearly 30 years, the stain-ousters at Quality Dry Cleaning have relinquished apparel and linens of grime and fabric-marring spots. During cleanings, delicate items such as blouses and scarves receive careful attention, and two-piece suits and neckties regain their fresh, presentable appeal after business-meeting coffee fights. An Ugg boot cleaning spruces up footwear weathered from stomping through snow, slush, and salted sidewalks, and a comforter cleaning expunges regular or down bedding of spills from late-night snacking or the ever-clumsy Sandman.
Amelia's Bistro calls its particular bend of Old World and modern American recipes "rustic comfort food." That label might sound a little less flashy than Amelia's can be, however?as anyone knows who's ordered the brie flamb?, its bourbon glaze set aflame tableside to caramelize its brown-sugar, walnut, and cranberry toppings. Entrees such as seared scallops atop a bed of creamy pumpkin risotto attest that comfort can coexist quite easily with creativity. But if you're in the mood for a true supper-club feel, chefs also grill hearty steaks and top them with boozy sauces such as whiskey butter. Meanwhile, vegetarians are welcomed with fruit- and cheese-packed salads and breaded or curried eggplant.
For dessert, cheesecake is practically mandatory?a sweet way to extend the evening if you want to linger and listen to the occasional live music. Inside is all soft lighting and graceful wrought iron, while outdoors a patio beckons during the warmer months and on the one day in January when the sun passes in front of the solar system's massive magnifying glass.
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