When Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives host Guy Fieri swung into The Kitchen, it was the lamb burger that caught his eye—a 6-ounce, well-seasoned patty topped with red-pepper relish and placed between two freshly baked buns made onsite. These straight-from-the-oven baked goods are a part of The Kitchen's charm, its bustling bakery sharing space with the dining room and craft-beer bar.
The meals crafted in that kitchen include the Cuban sandwich, pulled pork and sliced pit ham on grilled bakery bread. The hearty meatloaf plate skips the sandwiching in favor of a housemade barbecue glaze and pairs with frothy brews.
In fact, one of the libations from an impressive roster of craft beers would be enough to draw brew-lovers to its bar, but The Kitchen takes things a step further, hosting a monthly beer-brewing class led by the restaurant's own brewmaster.
Sugar Beets Restaurant & Bar is a fusion restaurant in more ways than one. The space itself wears many hats: downtown eatery, bar, private-party venue, and, on Thursdays through Saturdays, nightclub. Similarly, the eatery’s menus aren't limited to one style. Described as eclectic California cuisine, the fare fuses west-coast flavors with international dishes. At dinnertime, a bed of Israeli couscous cradles grilled eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes, and a bacon-wrapped filet mignon gets a flavor boost from roasted red-pepper sauce. Lunchtime takes a more casual approach, with pasta tossed in tequila-lime sauce, strip-steak hoagies with chipotle mayo, and huevos rancheros that call the chef “dude” instead of “sir.” The restaurant also serves brunch on Sundays and serenades Thursday- and Friday-night diners with live music.
Endorsed by the Parents Television Council and featured on Lifetime Television, Family Values Cinema scours libraries and cutting rooms for family-friendly, G- and PG-rated movies and delivers them to busy parents. A discerning squad of moms prescreens each film, selecting only those with clean language, minimal violence, and a lack of scary clowns for the Family Values Cinema library. Kin clans then receive the moms' latest picks in the mail, such as Kayla, about a boy who discovers a sled dog in the wilderness, and The Last Brickmaker in America, in which a widower, played by Academy Award–winner Sidney Poitier, rekindles his spirit by mentoring a troubled teen. Groupon-holding families receive one Family Values Movie Night package (valued at $10.90) containing a total of four movies, plus a discussion guide and family activity that go with each film. Hungry critics-in-training can also enjoy movie-themed foods prepared from the enclosed recipe cards, while the package's trio of films about firefighters, police officers, and rescue workers (a $15.90 value) gets kids extinguishing fake fires, resuscitating cat-maimed Barbies, and chasing imaginary identity thieves.
JJ Brewsky’s Restaurant & Bar keeps stomachs perpetually satisfied with its lunch and dinner menus, which are fit to bust with savory burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas made with local ingredients whenever possible. Silence subterranean hunger grumbles with a handmade pizza ($8.95+) or the taste-bud-tickling trinity of a Brewsky’s Combo—a union of buffalo wings, JJ’s bruschetta, and potato skins ($12.95). The Kobe burger bounds from the kitchen like a condiment-covered ballerina, showcasing a sizzling American Kobe-beef patty nestled beneath melted blue-cheese crumbles and chipotle mayo ($14), and the Frisco burger trumpets a half-pound Angus patty covered with pepperjack cheese, grilled red onions, and 1000 island dressing ($11.95). All burgers and sandwiches come with either coleslaw or a choice of fries, including regular, seasoned, sweet, or sentient.
At Java Joe's, guests sip freshly made coffee drinks and graze baked goods, rummage through a collection of eclectic clothing and merchandise, and tap toes to live tunes. Baristas blend aromatic shots of espresso with frothy milk riddled with chocolaty notes to create a 16- or 20-ounce café mocha ($3.85–$4.25). Utilitarian cups of joe ($1.95 for 16 oz.; $2.25 for 20 oz.) fill mugs for on-the-go sippers and bulk beans ($13.95/lb.) allow customers to bring robust flavors and caffeine-jolts home. Pluck a pastry from a bakery filled with treats, such as scones ($2.45), chocolate-filled croissants ($2.95), and cheesecakes ($3.75) that quench food cravings and hush grumbling tummies like a swallowed Paul Simon 8-track.