Over the searing hot coals of a traditional clay oven, skewered cubes of meat and veggies retain a tender interior while the heat imbues each morsel with a smoky crust. Discs of dough, pressed against the tandoori's walls, bubble and rise, baking into the fluffy Indian bread known as naan.
At Curry Kitchen, the family of chefs crafts flavorful, aromatic dishes in this traditional fashion, from tandoori-baked shrimp and chicken to fresh-pressed cheeses and crispy pakoras. During buffet hours, diners can build their own meals from a spread of locally sourced, from-scratch entrees and garnishes.
At Handsome Hobo Pizzeria, the chefs put a local American twist on classic Italian cuisine. In the kitchen, they toss risottos with vegetables and seafood, and pastas with meats and sauce. They also prepare both Chicago-style deep-dish and New York-style thin-crust pizzas. At the bar, 16 wines pour from a refrigerated tap. The aromas of herbs and spices waft through an eclectic space created by interior designer and HGTV Star finalist Tylor Devereaux, conjuring an atmosphere that seems to fit the restaurant's name. Seats gather on the outside rims of striped banquettes, and against a brass-topped table curved around an open fire pit. The restaurant's walls, some painted and others covered with reclaimed wood, are hung with everything from vintage signs to typewriters.
The unconscious mind is where the brain's automatic thought processes reside, making it the realm of habit, addictions, and infuriatingly stuck songs. Master hypnotist Rick Wheeler of Mastermind Hypnosis Services works inside this typically inaccessible sphere, relaxing his clients to the point that he can implant positive ideas or unravel negative ones. With his soothing voice, Rick instructs the mind to cease cravings for unhealthy foods, cigarettes, and other people's fingernails. Rick also turns his talents toward comedy, suggesting outlandish situations and behaviors to volunteers who fall under his spell at parties and events.
Third Street Grille, located within the Holiday Inn, treats its guests to elegant dinners and lunches of half-pound burgers on toasted brioche buns, grilled Atlantic salmon, and crisp, fresh salads. A large central fireplace warms up diners in the winter, making for a cozy backdrop to meals of Jamaican tacos, filet mignon, and blackened salmon made from local ingredients.