“Laissez les bon temps rouler” is a favorite saying at Jazz, a Louisiana Kitchen; translated from French, it means, “let the good times roll.” With a blend of Cajun cuisine, cold drinks, and live music, the restaurant recreates the rollicking atmosphere of New Orleans' French Quarter. In the kitchen, chefs orchestrate multiple Gulf Coast flavors in classic louisiana catfish po'boys and blackened-shrimp platters, or let simple, properly prepared oysters and broiled crawfish stand on their own. Servers draw frothy mugs of beer from local breweries CIB and Keg Creek or mix specialty cocktails and frozen daiquiris. The lively atmosphere has drawn musicians such as two-time Grammy nominee Gerald Clayton and Mr. Tambourine Man.
Aloha Tea Room brews tropically tinged loose-leaf tea and pairs it with genteel fare in a serene and stylish setting. Savor soothing beverages hot or iced (a $2 value), suavely complemented by a soupcon of soup and a fresh half sandwich (a $5.75 value for soup/half-sandwich combo). Kindle flavor receptors with a cup of chicken vegetable or asparagus provencale before appeasing jealous teeth with solider sustenance, such as egg salad or albacore tuna salad on a crisp croissant. Glide your repast in for a silky sweet landing with samplers of gourmet Hawaiian desserts (a $4.25 value), including lava cake, crème brûlée bars, and a cherry-covered ukulele.
At Sina Way Chinese Cuisine, diners lift the lids of bamboo steamers to find plump dumplings filled with shrimp or bok choy simmered in garlic sauce. Choosing from an extensive list of house specials—including traditional and non-traditional dishes such as lo mein, mongolian beef, and peanut butter chicken—customers can create a family-size dinner with egg rolls and soup to feed their clan or their third and fourth heads. Sina's full bar features a selection of wine, domestic, and imported beers to accompany appetizers and entrees.
Chefs at Silk Road Chinese Restaurant curate a diverse menu of authentic Chinese fare flavorful and MSG-free, giving each dish a distinctive kick with fresh garlic, green onion, or ginger. Boasting more than 60 dim sum dishes, the eatery accommodates social dining with small plates ranging from sweet and savory to infinitely divisible. Daily specials and traditional dishes made with seafood, beef, pork, chicken, and veggies quell cravings alongside low-calorie and vegetarian options.
Naturally Yours Salon & Spa arms its staff with organic Aveda products to help create new hairstyles and refresh visages during facials. Clients can change their hues with ammonia-free hair color, and Zoya nail polish—which is void of formaldehyde and tolene—marks the edges of fingers, toes, and football fields. The salon itself follows a sustainable standard: most of the furnishings are secondhand, many of the products used are packaged in 100% recyclable materials, and water is filtered rather than bottled or siphoned from a fish tank.
Beijing Tokyo bridges the 1,299-mile gap between China and Japan's capital cities with its menu of pan-Asian cuisine, while also making a few pit stops in between. Diners can turn to sushi and sashimi for bites of fresh salmon and spicy tuna, or braise beef and short ribs in a traditional hot pot. The sizable menu also includes noodle and rice options, such as chicken chow mein and pad thai, as well as hibachi-grilled steak and vegetarian options aplenty.