Offering diners a varying selection of Southern classics and 14 protein-and fruit-packed smoothies, the chefs at Scales Café whip up healthy snacks and filling dishes anchored around farm-raised catfish. A dusting of seasoned cornmeal prepares their signature catfish fillets to swim laps in the deep fryer before emerging triumphantly with either a crispy golden coat or a gold medal. Cajun or ranch spice blends can flavor the fresh fish, or diners can forgo the crispy crust in favor of a grilled or skillet-blackened fillet. Although house-made hush puppies, french fries, and coleslaw accompany most entrees to the table, eight other side options, including velvety mac 'n' cheese and sweet-potato fries, can smother hunger like a mother who cleans her son’s dorm room. Straws plumb the creamy depths of Scales Café's smoothies, which are made from fresh fruits, crushed fruit concentrates, and protein boosts. Each sippable meal is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, but steers clear of fat, lactose, and artificial flavors.
People wage wars at America?s Incredible Pizza Company?against other drivers on the go-kart track, golfers on the glow-in-the-dark mini-golf course, and the limits of their own stomachs at the buffet. The funporium?s buffet?featuring more than 100 items?centers on pizza, including original, thin, and deep-pan crust (gluten-free upon request) crowned with more than 30 toppings. Verdant greens and freshly made dressings await visitors at the popular salad bar, and the baked-potato station comes with every necessity for side-dish construction, from cheese to the bacon bits from which bacon is built. A variety of sauces enliven the buffet?s fettuccine and spaghetti noodles, and homestyle eats on offer include hot dogs and frito pie.
In the indoor adventure park, meanwhile, gamers zip around a track in two varieties of go-karts?the stock-car speed and the slower Busch speed?as announcers report each turn. Visitors also can instigate harmless car crashes in the bumper-car area or spend five frames toppling pins during mini bowling.
Eat Well Sushi & Grill's chefs roll up authentic sushi and provision a well-stocked buffet with modern Japanese morsels. The expansive high-quality buffet allows diners unlimited access to grab everything from prime new york strip steak to lunchtime favorite korean short ribs. The smorgasbord also includes staples such as tempura-crusted softshell crab, yaki soba, fresh sushi, and fresh sashimi. The lunch buffet boasts goodies such as teriyaki chicken, tempura shrimp, and fried rice.
Alternatively, the menu showcases innovative and traditional sushi rolls such as the eight-piece philadelphia roll, in which smoked salmon and avocado embrace cream cheese, or the fruit roll, a m?lange of asian fruit and cream cheese crowned with sliced mango, kiwi, and strawberry. Imported Kirin beer or specialty martinis from the full-service bar unparch throats as patrons admire the restaurant's dark-wood interior and large booth-side aquariums, where fish gather around campfires to scare each other by reading passages from Moby-Dick.
El Porton Mexican Restaurant has sated cravings for fresh, healthy ingredients for more than two decades, serving up authentic Mexican lunches and dinners that complement the bar?s array of 85 tequilas. Amid golden walls that evoke a warm afternoon in a tropical cantina, guests kick-start stomachs by watching chefs craft lime-infused guacamole tableside. From the kitchen, beef and shrimp fajitas sizzle, wafting aromas of onion and bell pepper that transform into cartoon hands to lure in noses. Warm days open El Porton's patio, where sunshine heightens the flavors of make-your-own combo platters spread with chile rellenos, tostadas, and burritos, as well as USDA steaks aged a minimum of 21 days. Tequila shots arrive in flights or individually, and customizable margaritas in flavors such as mango and classic lime pour forth from salt-rimmed glasses to accentuate entrees and fuel conversations about Mexico's hidden agave rivers.
In an attempt to combat his food allergies and hypoglycemia, Steve Kuhnau began to concoct drinks in his home blender in the late '60s, tossing in various combinations of fruit, supplements, and proteins. Quickly discovering that the right fusions drastically improved his health, he worked to refine his revolutionary nutritional smoothie, and he opened a health-food store in 1973. He and his staff started slinging vitamins alongside the blended drinks, and the word quickly spread about the healthful beverages—Smoothie King was born. Since its noble birth, Kuhnau's smoothie empire grew to more than 600 franchised locations around the world, and there are more than 600 locations on this planet, too. Today, each location serves a long list of drinks to trim down, shape up, stay healthy, and occasionally indulge. Each of these verb-named mixes is made fresh to order.
Though it resembles a relaxing bistro, Polish U Pretty Nail Cafe serves up manicures instead of meals. Its team of technicians decorates hands and feet with imaginatively named mani-pedi services, including the No Yard Work This Week manicure—a moisturizing treatment that employs lemon and lime ingredients. The techs paint with polishes from OPI, CND, and Essie, welcoming guests to recline indoors or on the second-story patio. They'll gussy up extremities with nail art and skin-soothing sugar scrubs, wax away unwanted hair, or host beautification events for groups of friends, bridal parties, or self-conscious biker gangs.