Shabu Shabu House utilizes the Japanese variation of the hot pot, known as shabu-shabu, as patrons cook selections from the menu of meat, seafood, and vegetables right at their tables. Diners first choose their protein from a lengthy list of options, including beef ($14.99 for regular), chicken ($12.99 for regular), Kobe beef ($17.99 for regular), and shrimp ($14.99 for regular). Shabu Shabu House's staff assists as the meat then simmers in a hot tub of broth with an assortment of veggie and noodle friends, ensuring that shitake mushrooms aren't diving into the shallow end of the pot. Forgo cauldron cooking and instead nosh on five pieces of salmon sashimi ($12) or two pieces of octopus nigiri ($5). A slate of specialty rolls awaits capture via chopstick, such as the Alaskan with spicy tuna, cucumber, avocado, and eel sauce topping ($11), or the Volcano ($13) with salmon, asparagus, and lemon sprinkled with crunchy tuna, scallions, and edible seismograph printouts.
As one of America's oldest and final bastions of the pizza, arcade, and animatronic-variety-show trifecta, Chuck E. Cheese upholds an important entertainment legacy. Though their core philosophy and slogan, "Where a Kid Can Be a Kid," sounds like a simple-enough mantra to maintain, many years have passed since Atari inventor Nolan Bushnell opened the first location in San Jose.
Despite the ever-changing nature of entertainment consumption, Chuck E. Cheese has done nothing but flourish. Intrinsic to this continuing knack for capturing kids' imaginations is its incorporation of modern entertainment and adherence to the robotic act that got it started in the first place. Chuck, Jasper T. Jowls, and Helen Henny are all still there, suspending a new generation's disbelief in gargantuan singing animals. Their charms, though, have been bolstered for the appetites of modern kids with more immersive games, wilder rides, and sweeter prizes.
Skytubes traverse the ceilings as an oversize human Habitrail, offering fantastical escape for energetic kids above the lights and sounds of the arcade. Staples such as skee ball and hoops now stand alongside sense-saturating simulator rides and the latest video games. At many locations, even the variety show has been modernized for the digital era. In its place is an interactive experience dubbed Studio C, where, thanks to bluescreens and video cameras, kids get to jam with Mr. Cheese himself.
Using wrung-from-the-wild seafood, Skippers serves up made-to-order dishes to fill grumbling stomachs and silence attention-seeking appetites. Start with the creamy clam chowder nestled in a sourdough-bread bowl ($5.99), or opt for the three-piece signature fish and chips ($6.99), bringing together ocean life and potato in a hunger-satisfying harmony usually reserved for peanut jelly and butter. The three-piece cod ($8.25) is hand dipped in tempura for optimum crunching, while the fresh grilled halibut ($13.50) encourages tongue purring. Skippers also features salads, sandwiches, and a menu for kiddies, as well as sides such as hush puppies and shrimp. Enjoy nautical nourishment without having to buy your family’s ancient deep-sea diving helmet back from the iron grasp of the Internet with a meal at Skippers.
Customization is key at Deano's Pizza Builders, where customers can decorate their pies with up to 19 toppings. Medium, large, and extra-large pizzas sport a fluffy crust and bounties of anchovies, green peppers, jalapeños, or sausage. Specialty pies include combinations such as tomato, basil, and beef or the Extreme Vegetarian, which saddles the pizza with eight different veggies including carrots and mushrooms.
Wiseguyz Pizzeria slings pies across the Salt Lake City area, offering a host of specialty pizzas, hot sandwiches, and crispy golden calzones at five separate locations. The signature pie is coated with barbecue sauce and topped with chicken, cheddar, and fresh cilantro. Classic sandwiches include the Philly steak and cheez, which features meat, alfredo sauce, mushrooms, peppers, and melty mozzarella and Swiss.
Callie's Cafe is an all-American family restaurant serving up giant breakfast platters loaded with eggs, bacon, french toast, and pancakes, burgers from the grill, chicken-fried steak, and more. On weekends, the eatery hosts rounds of karaoke, allowing diners to put down their forks and pick up a mic to belt out classic jams or hum disconcordantly until everyone gets uncomfortable.