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.
Tropical Smoothie Café cools down overheated inner-beings with its all-natural smoothies—forged from real fruit and bursting at its sippable seams with energy. Plunge into a 24-ounce, low-fat fruit smoothie ($4.29), sweetened with your choice of turbinado sugar or Splenda. Flavors include the strawberry/banana/pineapple blend of Paradise Point, the blueberry/strawberry/banana oasis of Blue Lagoon, and the delicious dawnbreak of Sunny Day, which is packed with mango, banana, orange, and kiwi. If teeth start to grumble about having nothing to do, guests can chomp a satisfyingly solid slab of sustenance with one of Tropical Smoothie Café's sandwiches, wraps, or salads. Tear into a bistro sandwich ($6.49) such as the turkey guacamole, or gnaw on a grilled flatbread ($3.99) such as the Caribbean Luau, which is bedecked in chicken, mozzarella, pineapple, romaine, and Jamaican jerk sauce. Make amends with your mouth for last summer's exhausting gum-chewing marathon with the Paradise Combo ($9.99)—which throws down the gauntlet of appetizing with a smoothie of your choice and any toasted wrap, bistro sandwich, or gourmet salad plus chips or fruit. Menus and prices may vary slightly at different locations.
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.
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.
Saxbys Coffee delights taste buds with coffees brewed from small-batch roasted beans. Green coffee beans journey from their country of origin to Saxbys' roasting facility, where the master roaster employs traditional European techniques to carefully roast each small batch of beans, giving them a light, medium, or dark flavor profile.
In-store baristas spice up cups of java with more than 200 flavorings, such as coconut and toasted marshmallow, that imbue brews with an extra kick. Saxbys Coffee is just as meticulous with the environment as it is with its beverages—all of the shop's lids, java jackets, napkins, and cups are 100% recyclable and 100% welcomed by billy goats attempting to curb their tin-can addictions.
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.