Taylor Street Pizza dishes out succulent Italian-American fare in a family-friendly sports-bar atmosphere. Gather friends to watch a football game or an emotional rerun of the Airwolf finale while noshing on a bouquet of crusty breadsticks or a platter of spicy or barbecue chicken wings. A large handmade pizza arrives doused in Taylor Street's signature tomato sauce and festooned with two toppings, including options such as canadian bacon, anchovies, eggplant, and giardiniera. Sips of fizzy, refreshing soda clear palates and extinguish spicy mouth fires. Diners can indulge in their delicious bounty in a Taylor Street Pizza dining room, carry their meals home, or request for it to be delivered to the inflatable ballpit of their choosing.
Contained entirely inside a 60,000-square-foot arena, CoCo Key Water Resort keeps its air temperature at a constant 84 degrees to complement its tropical-themed attractions. A trio of four-story waterslides dares bare feet forward, before the calm waters of the winding Coconut Grove Adventure River calmly buoy them. Parrot's Perch interactive play island and Coral Reef Cavern activity pool reel in splashers with an interactive hanging net and a tipping bucket, eschewing less popular activities, such as maritime trade negotiations. Guests can also pursue ample on-land activities in an indoor-outdoor spa or navigate 10,000 square feet of prize games at the Key Quest Arcade. In an effort to lessen energy consumption, visitors must bring their own towels, though staffers organize and provide supplies for children's birthday parties.
With the original chefs from Banducci’s opening day still tirelessly creating Chicago-style and thin crust pizzas, pastas, and sandwiches almost 20 years later, Banducci’s menu has been tried and tested. Hand-tossed double dough, thin crust, Chicago-style deep dish, and Sicilian stuffed pizzas act as vehicles for sauce, cheese, and toppings—specialty pizzas include the Banducci ($10 for 10", $22 for 18"), which combines pepperoni with pineapple and jalapeños, remaining neutral in the age-old battle between spicy and sweet. The Veggie Delight pizza ($10 for 10", $22 for 18") can be topped with any four vegetables or delights including spinach, artichoke hearts, young love, fresh garlic, and olives. The homemade baked lasagna layers ingredients into an edible cross-section of the earth’s core and is served with a small salad and a garlic breadstick ($7.50) or with meatballs or sausage ($9.50).
Café Belwah presents inventive cuisine and sophisticated adult beverages in a refined yet relaxed atmosphere. Hearty breakfast choices, such as pancakes topped with sautéed apples, bananas, and homemade butter-pecan syrup ($7), imbue diners with the strength to speed-read encyclopedias or move mountains just a touch to the left. Lunchtime arrives with salads, soups, and sandwiches, including the croissant-borne crab-cake sandwich with chipotle tartar sauce ($10). Café Belwah's wines, specialty cocktails, martinis, and beers flirt with the brain's happy centers and the knees' wobble buttons, and dependable menu standbys are frequently crafted with local ingredients, including the likes of roasted duck with cranberry chutney ($24) and mushroom ravioli genovese ($17).
Zumba classes. Drumming sessions. Poetry slam workshops. A monthly handmade arts fair called HoneyCraft Market. Though these events may seem disparate, they do have one thing in common—they all take place at Mixin Mingle.
Naté Grindeland opened up the space in 2011, and far from a typical community house, Mixin Mingle adds high-street elegance to events with the help of hardwood floors, and black leather antique-style couches. The storefront serves as an all-purpose space for a variety of organizations and artists of all stripes. Perched on the square featured in Groundhog Day, Mixin Mingle boasts sprawling rooms that can host a wealth of activities including private parties, journaling sessions, handmade soap-making seminars, kickboxing classes, and henna demonstrations.
In 1883, inventor Henry Ferris garnered plenty of attention for his new creation: the hay carrier. Perhaps most of the atttention came from Harvard, IL hardware store owners Charles Hunt and Nathan Helm, who urged him to move into their shop. The store became the Starline Factory, and in the following decades, the trio thrived on patents for cutting-edge farm equipment. Even so, their venture couldn't last forever. Around the turn of the 21st century, the building was abandoned and slated for demolition. That is, until a similarly minded entrepreneur, Orrin Kinney, intervened. Since then, Kinney has given the old, four block-wide building new life as a series of art studios and exhibition spaces. Now the creative home for more than 20 artists, the Gallery hosts regular events such as public paint-and-draw sessions, 4th Fridays open houses, and sleepovers where artists can gossip about the hottest new paints. An open floor plan allows for lavish events?from corporate parties to weddings?for up to 500 guests.