Perfect Brow Bar was born in 2008, when the United States first started embracing eyebrow threading—an ancient method of removing unwanted hair with swift twists of a cotton thread. As the service’s popularity grew, so did Perfect Brow Bar: it now boasts more than 15 locations across the central states. Some patrons report that threading is less painful, causes less redness, and is more precise than waxing, and the method doesn't require any brutal candle killing. In addition to threading, the trained staff beautifies clients with services including facials, eyelash extensions, and henna tattoos.
Edible Arrangements offers up more than 50 fresh, artful fruit baskets in time for Sweetest Day on October 15. Edible Arrangements combines the aesthetic elements and emotive properties of floral arrangements with the juicy edibility of fruit. The sweetery's designers stud the Delicious Daisy, a bouquet of sliced honeydew, pineapple, and cantaloupe, with strawberries and strings of grapes that double as a 25th-anniversary gift for a Smucker's jam heiress ($35). Decadent, gluten-free layers of white and semisweet chocolate coat fruit in a 12-piece box of hand-dipped strawberries and bananas ($25). Customers can also put today's Groupon toward a larger centerpiece, such as the Melon Delight, a decorative spray of watermelon wedges, pineapple daisies, cantaloupe, honeydew, grapes, and double-dipped bananas sprouting from a watering can ($76–$86). The preservative-free treats are all handcrafted at the apex of freshness, readying hand-dipped dainties to be hand shoved into eagerly awaiting mouths.
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.
Muskegon Athletic Club simultaneously tantalizes taste buds with its menu, cleanses palates with its libations, and appeases peepers with its 23 high-definition sports-centric TVs. Appetizers, including fried calamari ($9), lime jalapeño hummus ($7), and bacon and cheese potato cakes ($5.50), kick off marathon meals and stretch out stomachs for the next leg of the feasting frenzy. Main courses center around club specialties, including a london broil ($14), a heap of house-made meatloaf ($10), and a septet of savory mac 'n' cheeses. The house mac comes fromaged with white cheddar, provolone, and parmesan ($7), and the mac florentine sates artistic appetites with a handsome hoard of white cheddar, spinach, and basil served personally by the statue of David ($9).
Carrying on Sicilian family traditions, the cooks at Teddy Spaghettis rustle up a menu of authentic italian pastas, specialty pizzas, and spicy sandwiches. Pasta connoisseurs can test their taste buds on the Rage of Rome (regular for $7.95, grande for $9.25), where rigatoni noodles spar in a spicy vodka sauce with a blend of angry herbs. Talented pie sculptors can chisel out the chicken tetrazzini pizza ($6.95 for "bambino", $14.25 for 14"), or pile on the toppings to the Da Boss pizza , a Hawaiian pie loaded with sweet and savory sauce, ham, pineapple, sausage, red onion, bacon, and pepperoni ($7.50 for "bambino", $15.50 for 14"). Circular-food fans tired of the usual veggie ball or waffle sphere can dig into a meatball sandwich ($5.95). Teddy Spaghettis's homemade cannolis ($3.25) come in a crisp pastry shell with a sweet creamy filling. The shop's wooden archways, trellises overlaid with lively green foliage, and comfortable red booths make for a welcoming spot to enjoy the tastes of Italy without having to hitch a ride to the country on Sylvester Stallone's private monorail.
Sometime around the dawn of man, a human discovered that dough is worth more when tied into intricate shapes. Fast-forward a couple millennia to the present, and you’ll find that Nautical Knots has taken the next step in pretzel innovation. Since 2001, the Grand Haven boardwalk has benefited from the skillful tying of the eatery’s pretzel knots, which come in 11 sweet and savory varieties such as asiago cheese, frosted raisin, and sesame seed. In addition to stretching the dough into traditional pretzel shapes, staffers also twist it around frankfurters to make a signature treat they call the Nauti Dog, served with reckless amounts of ketchup and mustard. The waterside stand, which is open from May to September, also loads baked potatoes with cheese, chili, and salsa, and whips up frozen strawberry and mudslide drinks that combat the summer heat nearly as well as turning off the sun.