Tiny legs scamper across Lone Star Bounce Town's 9,000-square-foot floor, bounding from one cushy inflatable to the next and pausing before a gallery of kid-friendly toys and games. Disney-inspired bounce houses populate the open space, including new plush slides and domiciles that pay homage to the bubbly heroes of Toy Story 3, Winnie the Pooh, and Dante's Inferno. Tykes hone their hand-eye coordination by shooting hoops on the inflatable basketball court, cracking plastic balls off baseball tees, or threading straws into juice boxes in the Lone Star Cafe. A special subsection designed for toddlers, Lone Star's Tiny Town, features scaled-down playhouses, toy cars, and colorful, bouncy balls.
The clatter of foosball and air-hockey tables makes a steady drumbeat, over which drifts the sounds of an arcade—the happy digital babble of a modem dreaming. Ten leather couches with a full view of the children accommodate parents as they surf free WiFi and enjoy coffee from the café.
Ali Bahramian wanted to combine the casual atmosphere and quick service of a coffee shop, a diner, and a fast-food eatery, so he decided to start his own from scratch. He developed his own menu built on sandwich, salad, and soup recipes he created himself, enlisted the help of his architect wife Mariam to design a space, and selected soothing jazz and blues music as a backdrop for his eatery.
Within the fully realized Orange Lunch Box, Ali and his staff bake fresh sandwich bread in-house each day and chocolate-chip cookies each hour to pair with cups of coffee. The culinary crew serves salads and sandwiches topped with a range of meats and cheeses, Italian-inspired spreads, and local produce. Orange Lunch Box's interior eschews the presence of television and instead captures diners' attention with a color palette of warm orange, cool green, and room-temperature purple.
Tucked away under a flight of stairs lies a family-owned eatery where meaty sandwiches and wraps reign supreme. Yorktown Deli's chefs layer grilled chicken, fresh avocado, lettuce, tomato, and pesto in the italian chicken sandwich, which arrives fresh from the kitchen in the shape of Italy. Other sandwiches include tuna melts and the Avocado Heaven, a colorful portrait of avocado, lettuce, tomato, red pepper, and cheese. To create each of the deli's eight wraps, chefs roll meats such as grilled chicken, turkey, and salami with veggies, condiments, and cheese, and diners can wash down meals with iced coffee, lattes, and espresso.
The confectionary wizards at Sugar Blossom Treats bake fresh, small batches of treats that shun preservatives and hydrogenated oils in favor of local, Texas dairy products, Madagascar bourbon vanilla, and European chocolate. Each day, the eatery creates 12 regular flavors and two–four specials, often announced on its Facebook page or via hungry skywriters. Classic flavors include Karat Carrot, a carrot cake with pecans covered in cream-cheese frosting, and the Old-Fashioned Vanilla, which pairs yellowcake with vanilla buttercream. Flavors grow increasingly eclectic with rotating specials such as the Thin Mint, which mixes chocolate and mint-chocolate ganache, or the Campfire, a blend of chocolate, graham crackers, and white cake, topped with marshmallow frosting and cautionary advice about being a vigilant babysitter written in sprinkles. Grouponers can go after custom orders (minimum of 12), and are advised to call ahead to set aside select flavors.
Whitman Medical Group's health professionals promote a holistic approach to weight loss, furnishing psychological support, supplements, and metabolism-boosting injections. An initial medical evaluation produces a plan to prune pudge, putting an individualized diet plan and food journals into the hands of its clients. Four injections, starting with the first visit, imbue bodies with vitamin B12, lipotropic compounds, and lean, liquid vibes, all of which expedite the breakdown of fat. Personalized supplements spread the skinniness spell throughout the 30-day period, during which health-conscious humans complete three counseling sessions. The final office visit will include a measurement of patients' progress in their weight loss, healthy eating, and ability to sing the national anthem backward.
Central Market cooking schools enlighten the epicurean masters of tomorrow with instruction from the gourmet gurus of today, having previously hosted guest instructors such as the renowned Cat Cora and Mario Batali. Meal mentors post classes in both Dallas and Plano every four to six weeks, usually providing 26–30 options per month. Whether it's your first time holding a skillet or you're looking to polish your sushi skills after finally discovering how to uncook fish, Central Market provides coaching for every experience level. Curious foodies can peruse an array of informative options, including sharpening your knife skills ($55), making indulgent desserts ($50), creating one-dish dinners ($55), and fine-tuning a soufflé filled with an event horizon. Running roughly 2.5 hours each, sessions are offered most days of the week. Most hands-on classes can accommodate about 18, while demonstration classes can accommodate up to 48, depending on location. See Central Market's frequently asked questions pages (click here for Dallas, here for Plano) for more information.