Housing whiz-bang activities sprung to life from the mind of owner and game designer J. Richard Oltmann, Enchanted Castle coaxes thrills from the young and young at heart. As bumper cars clunk together and a game room rings with the peal of 250 pay-as-you-play games, Enchanted Castle’s 60,000-square-foot space fills with scenes fit for dream-like days of timeless tomfoolery without a fee for admission. A laser-tag arena hosts light-based combat, a miniature golf course tests putting mettle, and an indoor go-kart track lets driver reenact the time that the Indianapolis 500 was hosted inside a local gymnasium. Platefuls of wings, pizzas, and sandwiches dot tabletops in the dining area, where visitors can feast in front of karaoke, big-screen TVs, and an animatronics stage show featuring in-house band the Jammin’ Jesters.
When it's not hosting weddings and other monumental events in its elegant banquet hall, Villa Nova treats everyday diners to a taste of celebration with a menu of traditional Italian cuisine served in its dedicated restaurant. Beneath the dark beams of a vaulted ceiling, diners cozy up to white-clothed tables to savor steaming platters of saucy pastas, veal and chicken parmigiana, and pizzas adorned with traditional toppings such as tomato and basil or modern ingredients such as barbecue chicken and emoticons. Guinness and Blue Moon pour from taps in the softly lit bar, where drink specials and arcade games keep revelers entertained into the night.
Pita House Restaurant, lauded by Talk of the Town for superior customer service, stuffs pita pockets and adorns platters with warm falafel and piquant zabiha meats. The letters on the menu are arranged to spell out a host of sandwiches, including crisp falafel ($3.65) and turkey shawarma, rotisserie turkey bathing in sauce and put to sleep inside a warm pita pocket ($4.45). The veggie entree unifies hummus, baba gannouj, falafel, and grape leaves ($6.45), while the meaty kefta kebab pairs skewers of minced sirloin with crisp salad and a fluffy bed of rice pilaf ($7.25).
Specializing in thick, deep–style deep-dish pizza, Jet's has indulged palates since 1978, when the eponymous Jetts brothers opened the first joint in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Crusts buckle under the weight of mozzarella cheese and toppings such as grilled chicken and black olives, accompanied by sides such as wings, Cinnamon Stix, or Jet's Bread topped with cheese, garlic, and butter. Stacks of meat and veggies pile onto piping-hot subs, and a variety of healthy salads helps to avoid the wrath of the Food Pyramid's ancient golems armed with giant wooden tongs.
At Viceroy of India Restaurant, culinary craftsmen blend the piquant, regional flavors of northern and southern Indian cuisine with a slew of adroitly seasoned meat and vegetarian dishes. The menu reads like a who's who of Indian edibles, starring such favorites as chicken tikka masala, spicy lamb vindaloo, and assorted vegetarian curries that bathe fresh vegetables in mild or spicy sauces. Appetizing aromas emanate from the eatery's kitchen as leavened naan bread bakes in a traditional clay oven, and an extensive selection of wine, beer, and classic cocktails spill into eager vessels. Each table's presentation of flowers, cushioned wooden chairs, and glowing candles woos guests in search of a venue for a romantic evening, group banquet, or first foray into fire swallowing.