From the throwback digs of their retro American eatery and soda shop, Hollywood Diner's soda jerks dish up classic '50s fare including broiled burgers and sippable shakes. Nibble on nostalgic noshes such as the Frito pie, boasting a layer of corn chips topped with a gooey filling of chili, cheese, and sour cream ($5.99), or the award-winning Reuben Williams, loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand-island dressing ($6.99). The Kitchen Sink burger, loaded for bear with three cheeses, onion rings, bacon, and an over-hard egg ($7.99), satisfies carnivorous cravings, and pairs tastily with homemade kettle chips or sweet-potato fries.
Housing their business in a new salon, the owners of NT Nails, take cleanliness seriously. "NT Nails uses disposable files, buffers, and pedicure sponges. We use hospital-grade autoclaves to sterilize our equipment," the owner explained during an interview with Midtowncrossing.com. They also line pedicure tubs with disposable liners to ensure a hygienic experience and protect skin from harsh cleaning chemicals. After buffing nails to perfection, they coat them with a polish. Their waxing sessions are just as meticulous, rooting out each hair from its follicle, instead of hammering it back in with a peen hammer, to leave skin smooth and soft.
A vintage mini jukebox that long ago played its last tune sits atop a table inside Shirley's Diner, where old photographs of James Dean and Marilyn Monroe decorate the walls. While Shirley's motif is classic 50?s diner, the menu has a few twists. Chefs build the cheese frenchy signature sandwich by piling American and jack cheese into thick Texas toast, then hand-battering the entire thing in a secret crunchy breading mix. Another specialty sandwich holds chicken-fried steak dipped in hot sauce. During breakfast hours, jalapenos and salsa tuck into omelets, and house-made sausage gravy rests atop freshly baked biscuits.