Landscaped holes sprawl across the grounds of Putt-Putt Fun Center's three locations, challenging visitors to take hold of putters and test their short game. Besides putt-putt golf, the fun havens fight boredom with batting cages that hurl baseballs and the occasional tomato at various speeds. During the summer months, all three locations host summer camps that engage children in age- appropriate activities that inspire learning while incorporating the facilities attractions.
Walls lined with school memorabilia and local trinkets envelop patrons with a warm neighborhood vibe at the independently owned Buck n' Loons, and the welcoming embrace extends to their varied menu of homespun comfort cuisine. Nosh a half-pound slab of juicy steak burgers like the green chile-covered New Mexico ($7.99) and the bacon cheeseburger ($8.49), or wield a knife and fork and tame a growling stomach with the decadent one-pound Animal Burger, which sports double meat and cheese topped with a sliced hot dog, chili, and Frito's ($10.99). A rivulet of gravy floats alongside a shoreline of chicken fried steak ($10.99), while mountains of mashed taters and vegetables round out the protein topography of the meat loaf dinner ($9.99). Personable staff members help idle hands find solace in wholesome handhelds like the breaded pickles and jalapenos ($5.49) or the loaded Irish chicken nachos ($8.99).
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The training, experience, and passion of certified retail tobacconist Cher Thornton and cigar enthusiast Matt Thornton shine through at Perfecto Cigar, the pair's well-stocked stogie emporium. The Thorntons purvey cigars and accessories of all types and brands as well as hookah rentals and supplies. A walk-in humidor formed of spanish cedar enables the secluded crafting of smoke rings, and two lounging areas make the shop a perfect place for puffing with pals. To bolster Perfecto’s welcoming atmosphere and foster a community of cigar connoisseurs, Cher and Matt host an ever-changing lineup of monthly events that include tastings and informative lectures pertaining to the art of smoking.:m]]
Aspiring bartenders learn the ropes of mixing, stirring, and shaking under the tutelage of ABC’s experienced instructors. Thirty-two hours of comprehensive training schools bartenders-to-be with extensive instruction and hands-on practice in alcohol alchemy, teaching students to blend liquors and mixers into sippable sensations. Pupils step behind a professional-grade bar as adult beverage experts dole out advice on proper mixing techniques, basic recipes, and attracting generous tips with industrial magnets. The curriculum also covers business basics such as money handling, customer service, and job-interview techniques. Graduates enjoy a lifetime of free refresher courses, job-placement assistance, and access to a Cheers dimension that currently, due to spatial fluctuations, contains only Cliff Clavin.
More than 325 bottles of international wine fill Zambrano Wine Cellar’s shelves and its climate-controlled wine cellar, arranged by chef, wine enthusiast, and owner Cef Zambrano. When not hobnobbing with celebrities such as Harrison Ford, Nolan Ryan, and Katie Couric, Zambrano coordinates a menu of bistro fare to harmonize with his library of wine selections, which received the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence in 2009. Zambrano presents updated takes on Mediterranean favorites, crafting small plates of escargot broiled in garlic butter and shallots, as well as four types of bruschetta topped with tomato, chicken, duck, or fillet tips. Diners can dive into shared nibbles with custom plates of international meats and cheeses or pizzas topped margherita-style or with signature spanish ham.
Zambrano’s prized glass wine cellar sits behind a smooth stone bar, inlaid with variegated amethyst that glows as it catches the light better than an outfielder with a magnifying glass. While perched at its high-backed leather banquettes, diners can sip from the 50-plus list of wines by the glass while gazing at a flat-screen TV in the corner or admiring the custom art on the dining room’s exposed-brick walls. In the front of the dining room, gauzy orange curtains frame sheets of sunlight that illuminate simple wooden tables, each adorned with a single flower that provides color and an amuse-bouche for hungrier guests. A sidewalk patio offers al fresco dining and bustling sights of Sundance Square.