Every 20 years our government allows one business to turn every day of the week into a Friday with a series of special calendars printed on stone. Today's Groupon honors the restaurant gubernatorially ordained in 1993 with $20 worth of week-ending cuisine at T.G.I. Friday's for $10. Bring your family, friends, or a group of tourists that follow you because they think you're Jamie Farr to indulge in distinctly Friday fare at a restaurant renowned for delivering the euphoric feeling of having two consecutive days off work.
More than 50 creative and classic toppings crown freshly kneaded dough at J's Pizza Market, which has claimed a Readers' Choice award for best pizza from MentorPatch for its pizza-crafting prowess. Patrons can choose from 34 specialty pies for at-home cooking or hunker down for in-eatery feasts. Gluten-free, white, or wheat crusts bubble atop a provided take-home pizza disk that emulates the cooking abilities and imperviousness to wolves of a brick oven, browning a variety of toppings, including barbecue pork. The restaurant's in-house wood stone hearth oven melts the Little Havana pizza's vegetarian blend of black olives, banana peppers, red onions, and tomatoes into a bed of cheddar and mozzarella atop black-bean sauce. Meat-laden sandwiches and crisp salads are also available as alternatives to circular sustenance.
On the shady patio or inside the low-key, date-friendly dining room, visitors to Noosa Bistro can kick off their experience with one of more than 75 martinis from the vast, boozy list. Open for both lunch and dinner, the menus span an eclectic selection of European–influenced American dishes, ranging from pan-seared scallops to petite fillets, cooked to order and served with a petite fork on a petite plate. Like the martini list, the wine menu spans an impressive length and includes such interesting bottles as a 40-year-old port.
The estheticians at Aesthetic Essentials help clients look their best with skin and body treatments such as facials, Zerona, and Dermarolling, which is much more skin-friendly than its distant cousin—Zamboni rolling. Aesthetic Essentials exclusively uses dermaviduals physiological skin care products which are free of emulsifiers, preservatives, perfume, mineral oils, silicones, and dyes. Waxing sessions whisk unwanted hair away from nearly any area, and beauty injections ward off wrinkles better than a whole bottle of spray starch.
Though Rick and Renee have helmed Mama Roberto?s for 15 years, their family recipes are close to a century old. Multiple appearances on Fox 8, winning the News-Herald's Best of the Best award in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and receiving a 2011 and 2013 Silver Spoon Award for Best Italian and Best Place for Family Dining from Cleveland Magazine have helped spread the word about these handmade Italian dishes, which range from stuffed calzones and pizzas to veal and chicken saut?ed in delicate wine sauces. Diners may also solicit Mama Roberto?s catering services for up to 1,000 people or one very hungry humpback whale.
The Sawyer House is one of the only stone homes in Lake County, earning it a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. Inside the colonial-style cottage, owner Dennis Koury's love for food shines through in a menu of made-from-scratch dishes and De Cecco pastas imported directly from Italy. Seated at the linen-draped tables in the dining area, diners split a signature salad crowned with prosciutto, crumbled gorgonzola, and housemade dressing; dig into lasagna with sweet sausage; and slice center-cut filet mignon. As sunlight washes slowly from the sky, the restaurant fills with the sound of tuning instruments and forgotten drum kits being hastily whittled. Upbeat music streams from the Pauly's After Dark lounge area, which features weekly wine tastings along with specialty cocktails from the full bar.