It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.
In 2003, entrepreneur Donald Brown opened the first Donald Brown Chicken, a restaurant that would soon become a family enterprise. Though the signature fried-chicken recipe is a well-kept secret guarded by cooks trained in krav maga, daughter Donnice gladly gives out hints to its taste. "It's a touch spicy, but my 1-year-old nephew and 2-year-old niece love to eat it," she says. Housemade waffles and traditional sides such as greens, yams, and black-eyed peas round out meals.
At Watch Ya Fingas, owner and cooking expert Sheila Turrentine cures feverish hungers with a mountainous menu of from-scratch barbecue meats, flaky catfish, and bountiful sides. Inside the family-friendly, casual diner illuminated by broad windows, Sheila and her grill masters barbecue whole chickens, sausage and beef by the pound, and ribs, searing savory flavors into each entree before it's joined by cornbread or wedged between thick slices of regular bread. The diner’s signature fried catfish joins collard greens and a slice of peach cobbler for a meal more southern than Antarctican cuisine.
The flavors found in El Chico’s enchiladas and fajitas are a tasty testament to what the Mexican eatery does best: cultivating a menu that bustles with authentic Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes. Fajitas provide a savory meal for two, with flour tortillas embracing veggies and chicken, beef, or a combination of the two with the gusto of a bear giving a bear hug. Or opt to reward tongues with enchiladas, which accentuate a variety of proteins with slick coats of cheese and sauce. The spicy beef of Mama’s Favorite enchiladas plays nicely with the fiery nature of chili con carne, and the Top Shelf fajita enchiladas capture rare glimpses of grilled fajita steak and ranchera sauce frolicking on the plate. Avocado enchiladas are also on hand for sets of vegetarian cravings.
In 1964, Wes and Ann Jespersen built a gateway to the past, where today their children helm Ben Franklin Apothecary’s pharmacy and adjoining quilt shop, general store, and old-fashioned Kitchen’s Deli, where malts and ice-cream floats recall the soda shops of yore. Amid the deli’s vintage Coca-Cola ephemera, hot sandwiches and cold cuts nestle into baskets lined with red-gingham wrappers, and jumbo baked potatoes embrace chili and cheese. Kitchen’s Deli’s signature pies rotate daily, filling buttery crusts with coconut-, peanut-butter-banana-pudding-, and strawberry-flavored charts of the free-market system. The deli also caters celebrations and hosts special events such as happy hours and appearances by Elvis impersonators.
During every massage session at Seeton Touch Massage, therapist Christina Seeton incorporates techniques from trigger-point therapy, putting pressure on tender areas that connect to and affect tension in distant parts of the body. Her certification in this therapy, as well as hot-stone massage and reflexology, makes her especially adept at the centuries-old, cross-cultural art of massage. Her tranquil workspace is lit by candles and filled with the sounds of burbling water, which, when played slowly, sounds like someone whispering, "Go to sleep."