Glass-globe lights hang from the ceiling inside Vamp Hair Studio, a salon located conveniently close to dining destinations and bars in Thornton Park. Beneath those globes, stylists trim hair into chic styles, infuse strands with flattering color, and smooth frizz with Brazilian blowouts. Clients can request a glaze treatment with any of these services to instantly get the look of shimmering, healthy hair.
Guests at Qarma Crêpes feel great for a lot of reasons. The most obvious, of course, is the shop's delicate sweet and savory crêpes. But in addition to the folds of pastry filled with lemon-thyme chicken, ham with smoked gouda, and s'mores with a dab of Nutella, diners get something else too. That's the knowledge that each dish's price tag goes to help charitable causes. The shop donates three cents of every dollar made to three new charities every month, one based locally, one nationally, and one internationally. The combined feeling of joy from these sensations might make guests want to indulge more, such as with a glass of beer, shake blended with a piece of pie, or a my-size castle made entirely out of crêpes and marshmallow creme.
Funky Monkey Wine Company knows how to fill a glass, but it's the way they fill plates that has earned them a dedicated following and multiple best-of awards from OpenTable diners. Chef de Cuisine Ashley Nickell creates seasonally-inspired Italian entrees such as bruschetta del giorno and pork saltimbocca, prepared with the skills she showcased on The Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen. Entrees pair with an extensive wine list, and a special wine dinner series presents special menus with accompanying varietals to highlight complementary flavors.
Chefs in Mingo's kitchen draw inspiration from more than a hundred years of Floridian culinary traditions, all while incorporating a modern twist to its menu creations. The spacious eatery invites discerning palates to sample expertly mixed cocktails and artfully assembled, gourmet dishes. Overhead, high, glossy ceilings crown the contemporary chic dining room. Live entertainment makes brunch buffets and Friday evenings more festive.
Dandelion Communitea Cafe is a health-, environment-, and people-conscious cafe serving up fresh, local fare to fresh, local people seven days a week. The menu commencers include a Tex-Mex trio of whirled peas guacamole, black bean dip, and queso rock ($8), creamy hummus accented with hemp seed ($8), and the machos libre, a vegetarian twist on nachos with Dandelion's signature chili, organic corn chips, and homemade queso ($9). The quinoa pilaf in the native mama mix ($5) provides enough energy to win an arm-wrestling contest against a 'roided out rhinoceros, while the salads don't miss a veggie-bumping beet with options such as the Polynesian banana fantasy, a montage of spring greens, carrots, celery, and walnuts all tossed in a curry-inspired dressing ($8.50). The fakin lettuce and tomato replaces bacon with organic artisan tempeh and basil aioli ($7.50), and the kids menu includes an almond butter and jelly sandwich ($6) and organic cheddar grilled cheese ($7). The beverage menu contains more than four dozen varieties of organic teas, plus organic coffee and locally brewed beer.
Heaping platters of steamed fish embellished with ginger and scallions, and piping vats of caramel shrimp and pork stew sit at the center of the table at Ánh Hồng Restaurant. Voted best of Yelp and a Zagat award winner, Ánh Hồng Restaurant serves up family-sized portions that encourage friends and relatives to indulge in not just traditional Vietnamese specialties, but also a shared dining experience. The family-style eatery caters to single and small group diners as well, whether they are vegetarians ready to dive into a pile of lemongrass tofu, or vigilant meat eaters enjoying pork fried rice or chicken pho, a popular Vietnamese soup. The menu also boasts plenty of options for dessert, including mango and strawberry smoothies and Vietnamese puddings made from fruit and fresh milk from the chef’s pet cow’s coconut.