At The Coffee Brake Company, the wafting aromas of fresh coffee do not deceive: the staff freshly roasts beans onsite. They select local and artisan beans to blend into java drinks that can be served hot, cold, or by a dance crew from a nearby movie set.
The Post Road Recreation Center provides fun-seekers with a multifaceted diversionary depot full of family-friendly activities and eerie entertainment. Stumble through Slaughterhaus's more than 6,000 square feet of repellent real estate, and then enter the haunted woods for a shadowy game of high-tech tag sure to distract laser-loving poltergeists from their subdued cribbage tournaments. Full-throttled speed-wheeling for up to two hours can be spent cruising with unlimited 10-minute rides on an indoor slick track from behind the wheel of a Deuce Coupe kart, navigating the twists and turns of an outdoor street track in a Formula K racer, or (with VIP passes only) setting off a symphony of sonic booms on an outdoor fast track with the help of a pep-powered Fast Kart.
The Grill’s culinary pros craft an expansive menu of contemporary pub fare served in a racing-centric atmosphere bedecked in Indy 500 memorabilia and HD televisions. To avoid stomach sprains, guests can warm up by bench-pressing beer-battered mozzarella sticks ($5.99) before diving mouth-first into a hand-breaded tenderloin sandwich ($8.79) that spans the circumference of the plate. Main-course meals such as the 8-ounce sirloin steak ($10.99) or barbecue baby back ribs ($14.99/$17.99) come with a choice of two sides, and nine massive half- and full-pound burgers ($6.99¬–$8.99) challenge the Hamburglar's pickpocketing skills. The Grill also boasts a full bar and a jam-packed schedule of live music, which tickles patrons’ cochleae on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.
Where the air was once filled with the pounding of hammers and the smell of hot iron, the sizzle of burgers and the scent of maple syrup now reign. Cafe Audrey resides in a historic former blacksmith’s shop whose interior delivers just about what the quaint brick building promises: white-painted wooden chairs and tables, lamps that resemble old kerosene lanterns, and walls lined with vintage photographs. There, families start the day or take a lunch break with soul-food staples such as shrimp po' boys and plates of broaster chicken—named with a portmanteau of “broken” and “toaster”—dipped in crisp, fluffy batter. On the all-day breakfast menu, huevos rancheros and chicken quesadillas add a touch of spice to the morning.
The Post-Tribune highlighted Cafe Audrey as part of the resurgence of the Fort Ben area. Owner Tammy Cunningham didn’t land there by accident: “I wanted a local feel. I wanted to be a part of the community,” she told the paper, adding that the café has built a fan base of “a lot of great word-of-mouth customers” since its 2011 opening.
Every day, the chefs at Cool River Pizza whip up a fresh batch of dough and bake it into pizzas, with gluten-free options available, topped with Real California Cheese and house-made sauce infused with more than seven herbs and spices. Freshly sliced vegetables and gourmet meats also crown specialty pies such as the Cool Ranch chicken, which plays hooky behind the oven to show off its ranch sauce and garlic chicken. To wash down the pies, pasta dishes, and salads, bartenders pour pints and pitchers of brews such as Coors Light, Sam Adams, and Blue Moon as diners watch sports games on large-screen TVs, play Wii on a 100-in. TV screen, hang out on the open patio, or live out fantasies of ancient gladiators' quiet evenings at home with a collection of board games.
Vienna Frozen Custard has something of a magnetic quality. Out for a summer stroll, individuals often find that their feet have suddenly carried them directly to the ice-cream stand. Whether it’s the 20 different flavors that range from classics such as chocolate to unique treats such as pineapple choco chip, the tasty toppings that go on top, or a mysterious dessert-powered tractor beam that draws people in, Vienna Frozen Custard serves as a refuge during the summer heat. The stand also serves snacks that include nachos, pizza, and hot dogs.