Tropical Smoothie Café's wholesome smoothies are filled to the gills with fresh fruit, juices, yogurt, chocolate, nuts, and healthful supplements, minimizing the crushing guilt of dessert consumption to a soft heartbeat emanating from the floorboards. Puréed potions such as Pomegranate Plunge (pomegranate, banana, strawberries, cranberry, $4.99) are stuffed with super fruit, and low-fat options, such as Mango Magic (mango, pineapples, non-fat yogurt, $4.29), trick gullible taste buds into believing that they are traversing a candy factory full of whipped-cream lollipops. Supercharged smoothies are stocked with a healthy dose of supplements, such as the Kiwi Citrus Green Tea's antioxidant-laden matcha charge or the Muscle Blaster's whey or soy protein ($4.89 each). Individual supplements can also be added to any other smoothie ($0.59 extra), boosting its magic points by +10.
Owner and chef Stacie Maine proudly proclaims that everything at The Antique Bakery & Café is made from scratch, right down to the salad dressing. Open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, the space is dotted with sprawling antique couches and plush chairs prime for sitting on or perching atop like an elegant heron. Servers circulate the room, carrying plates of eggs benedict, parchment-wrapped salmon, and pastas draped in rich sauces.
Executive Chef Doug Triolo takes a modern approach with each dish on his menu to foster an open, contemporary environment at Graffiti’s Bistro. Medallions of pork tenderloins are stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in bacon to complement the citrus sweetness of an orange marmalade. The chefs temper the spicy kick of blackened tilapia with a Grand Marnier sauce and rub filet mignon with traditional Montreal spices. Diners get in on the experimentation by customizing gourmet burgers with eclectic toppings such as coleslaw, applewood bacon, and bermuda onions. In the bistro’s dining rooms, dark wood accents create an elegant atmosphere complemented by cabinets filled with wine bottles and a marble-plated fireplace. On the weekends, local musicians strum guitars and shatter priceless vases to the beats of Motown and contemporary rock, which can be heard on the outdoor patio as patrons dine underneath oversize umbrellas.
Chef Rob Keener and his accompanying culinary crew at Square 1 Cafe craft fresh, locally sourced comestibles into mealtime masterpieces for brunch, lunch, and dinner. A seasonal menu rotates through an assortment of appetizers, such as a baked-brie pastry puff, oozing with blackberry jam and crowned in candied nuts, and honey-drizzled fried green tomatoes. Hand-cut fry fences surround a Sq burger entree, built on a foundation of a patty fortified with gorgonzola steel beams and furnished with grenadine-poached onions, whereas blackberry barbecue and applewood bacon sheathe blackened chicken in the cheddar-covered Blackbird. Unhinge jaws to swallow whole a Southern specialty of shrimp & grits, brimming with a bacon-and-herb béchamel sauce bubbling over stone-ground grits and South Carolina crustaceans performing synchronized-swim routines. Though Square 1 Cafe's online menu is seasonally changing, this menu provides a list of regularly showcased items.
A traditional Japanese art form, kabuki theater involves elaborate displays of song and dance. Living up to this tradition, Kabuki Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi Bar puts on a show every day during lunch and dinner with an unlikely cast. Atop tableside grills, meats sizzle in song; flames dance into the air; and knives refuse to perform unless their name is first on the marquee. Hibachi chefs direct all of this action, and their skilled hands slice and cook meat entrees that range from sesame chicken to lobster to rib-eye steak. Complementing the grilled cuisine, sushi chefs prepare classic california rolls and specialty rolls such as the Krazy: avocado, crab, and cream cheese bundled beneath a cap of lobster salad.
At an hour when many bars and restaurants are busy closing up shop, Dream Nightclub lights up as a beacon to nocturnal wanderers from across the city. Custom-designed graffiti murals, pulsing LED lights, and energetic dance beats greet patrons as soon as they enter the after-dark dancehall and performance venue. The 5,000-square-foot club features ample lounge seating for bottle service or dramatically lit staring contests, as well as two bars and a full-service kitchen that churns out plates laden with chicken wings and french fries as late as 2:30 a.m. on most nights. A QSC sound system floods the dance floor with Latin, techno, or hip-hop tunes depending on the day, although the club also hosts occasional DJ sets and regular jazz-band performances.