Chuck E. Cheese thrills young sprouts with a panoply of games, rides, prizes, and fresh-baked pizzas. Token-devouring amusements such as high-tech simulator rides, arcade-style games, and high-maintenance wishing wells dazzle the senses and reward players with congratulatory tickets following each round. Attendants exchange tickets for marked prizes ranging from a simple spider ring to a deluxe Slinky made of enlarged fusilli noodles. With joystick-imprinted hands, children and their guardians dig into a large one-topping pizza before washing down the doughy disk with four barrel-sized drinks. Additional brain stimulation comes from Chuck E. Cheese’s animated musical act, which performs its well-practiced set roughly every 10 minutes.
Southwestern flavors—spicy ones, namely—marry traditional Mexican dishes on the menu at Bandidos Border Grill. Fresh jalapenos jolt the carne asada, grilled peppers accompany the fajitas, and the eatery's signature salsa tops burritos so large that local farmers have stood them up and used them as structurally unsound silos. But when it comes to structural integrity, the restaurant's exposed cobblestone surrounds guests as they sample savory meats rolled inside tortillas—shrimp, barbacoa, and slow-cooked pork to name a few. Visits to Bandidos Border Grill might conclude with traditional Mexican desserts such as flan and ice cream.