Mainstreet Grill and Bar’s 4,500-square-foot interior is charming in its simplicity. A dining area filled with tables and chairs on one side, a bar on the other, and a dozen flat-screen TVs hanging from exposed-brick walls are scattered throughout. The result forms a classic and unpretentious neighborhood hangout, nestled in the heart of the Stafford business district, and fit for families and solo-flying adults alike. The Freddy Award winning staff, bartender, and chef each play a prominent role in making every visit memorable, be it by serving tasty Angus burgers and fish ‘n’ chips, or always being up for a game of hide-and-seek. Patrons can pull a chair up to the full-service bar to munch on fried shrimp while enjoying a local brew, such as Fred Red Ale or Legend Brown Ale.
While they waiting for a meal, guests can work on their swing with Golden Tee Golf, or opt for target practice with a game of darts. A chalkboard displays a week’s worth of special events, ranging from Texas hold’em tournaments and Kids Nights to DJ dance parties and “Single and Ready to Mingle” outings.
Sweet Frog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ‘n’ cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
Inside its modern, brightly colored boutiques, bluberi dispenses swirls of natural, nonfat yogurt and frozen greek yogurt before guests pile on spoonfuls of fresh, fun toppings. Confections in signature handcrafted flavors such as rich matcha green tea (seasonal), bluberi, mango, pomegranate, and original, form sweet peaks in cups, dappled with toppings such as fresh kiwi, chewy cheesecake bites, and coconut flakes. Guests can also opt for custom smoothies with plentiful fruit and yogurt options, or steam-clean eyeglasses with the aromatic vapors of organic, healthful loose-leaf Tavalon teas.
Custom Cake Pops grew out of Ashley Skiles’s search for a simple way to treat her coworkers. They expressed such ardor for the moist, decorative bites that she wrote a resignation letter in frosting and devoted herself to baking full time. At her bakery, she prepares orders of a dozen pops in five flavors, including a Southern-style yellow cake compatible with any of her cream-cheese, fudge, or sweet-cream frostings. Ashley thrills in the decoration of her confections to client specifications. After perching them on lollipop sticks, she might arrange them in a vase with a burst of sprinkles or pastel drizzles of icing.
At both Buffalo Philly's locations, wing-eating patrons can choose to toss succulent wings in their choice of sauces. At the Daniel Stuart Square location 9 sauces line up for duty, and at Smoketown Road up to 12 available sauces stand at the ready—including barbecue, teriyaki, Cajun, and lemon pepper. No matter what sauce is chosen, wings come with a dip-ready side of ranch or blue cheese. As the eatery's name suggests, patrons also frequently stop by for photos with the resident talking buffalo named Phil, or order up one of the chicken or beef Philly cheesesteaks.