Brentwood Country Club is a case study in effective land reclamation. A spot that was once fallow fields and rice paddies now houses a stunning golf course ringed with palm trees and native plants, where players of all skill levels master the challenges of the landscape’s shifting winds and winding creeks. PGA professionals help visitors select perfectly matched clubs and gear in the pro shop, outfitting golfers with footwear, bags, and casual attire from brands such as Callaway, Polo, Titleist, and Ping. The clubhouse also welcomes players for postround unwinding, inviting them to share stories of their exploits or select from shelves of leatherbound Arnold Palmer fan fiction in a lounge lit by a crackling fireplace. In addition to spotless fairways, the 140-acre facility boasts an extensive tennis and pool complex and a rustic, wood-raftered restaurant ready for weddings and banquets.
When Mike Kantrow founded his original sandwich shop in 1979, he thought the name Byron's looked too boring. So, as he explains on his restaurant's website, he scratched the s and added a z to the end, giving birth to both a local legend with the Big Byronz sandwich and a local controversy over how to pronounce "Byronz." "If you want clarification on how to say it," Mike explains, "don't ask me."
So while regulars may fight over phonetics, few argue over the flavors infused in Bistro Byronz's southern-styled bistro cuisine. Hearty entrees anchor both the lunch and dinner menus, inviting diners to dig into the roasted potatoes that flank a French-cut pork chop marinated in Abita root beer. Comfort dishes soothe the soul, such as tender pot roast that wades in creole gravy and the signature Byronz sandwich with three types of meat, cheeses, dressing, and black olives.
Though Wow Cafe & Wingery has now found a foothold in more than 60 locations throughout the U.S., the chain still offers the same tasty soul food and wings as it did when it was founded by a trio of Louisianan brothers in 2001. The friendly sports pub still broadcasts the day’s games on various televisions, allowing guests to follow multiple sports or Jenga tournaments as they lick one of 17 delectable sauces from their fingers. In addition to these finger-food staples, guests can devour fajitas, burgers resting between slices of texas toast, and classic New Orleans dishes such as gumbo, catfish, and red beans. Spice-covered tongues cool off with signature drinks such as an italian mango bellini or Louisiana's Abita beer.
Tsubaki Hibachi Grill & Sushi's kitchen team sears, fries, and rolls traditional Japanese cuisine on hibachi griddles flanked by seated diners and cataloged on the menu. Sprung from hibachi grills into properly prepared mouths, shrimp ($22) and steak ($22) are scored on skill and landing by a judges' table of soup, house salad, and fried vegetables. Six slices of red snapper ($7)—one for each year it takes to crush a grape with a heavy thought—slink into ponzu sauce, and tofu, seaweed, and green onion soak in miso soup's ($3) soy-bean broth. Diners can also indulge palates' seafood predilections by imbibing the spicy tuna, crab, shrimp, cucumber, asparagus, and masago that unite as roommates in the Ricky roll ($10), an enfolded sheet of soy paper.
The EyeLash Bar’s professional tuft tuggers transform hirsute parts into smooth works of art with abundant waxing services. There is no follicle too wispy or fuzz too peachy to avoid the shop's professional waxen maidens. The careful and pleasant purveyors of slickness will use their years of experience and connection with the dark side to target overgrowth sprouts and diligently bid them adieu. A sideburns ($12+) or chin ($18+) treatment removes emerging mutton chops, and an underarm smoothing ($45+) leaves clients with nothing to hide during the chicken dance. Guests can opt for a full-leg ($90+), back ($65+), or bikini ($45+) wax to ready bodies for summer beach parties and arctic polar-bear plunges.
A homegrown success story with a slew of awards and nearly 40 years of history, Popeyes has introduced its menu of Louisiana eats to taste seekers around the globe. Rather than downloading low-quality, unsatisfying meals through the Internet, packs can pick up Popeyes’ family-style meals, pairing eight pieces of Cajun fried chicken with four buttermilk biscuits and a side of award-winning rice and beans ($16.99). A po boy stuffed with crunchy shrimp ($3.49) makes a splash in lunchboxes, and chicken nuggets ($2.49 for six pieces) surf into mouths on waves of refreshing sweet tea ($2.99/gal.).