Top-of-the-line cuisine from the land and the sea meets in the kitchen of Toni Steakhouse, a family-owned restaurant that opened in 2008. Chefs hand-cut steaks such as the 28-ounce bone-in Cowboy rib eye and the center-cut chateaubriand for two, pairing them with traditional sides such as loaded baked potatoes and wilted spinach. Those who opt for seafood choose from specialties such as sushi-grade grouper and red snapper filleted onsite. Cocktail pairings range from classics such as the Ketel One vodka martini to the decadent creations such as the Godiva chocolate dessert martini.
Ron Haynes and his daughter, Jessie, have built a business from smiling faces. They don't snap yearbook photos or transform dentist gloves into balloon animals. Instead, they helm teeth-whitening shops that brighten smiles in 20 minutes. Since 2005, they have brightened over 50,000 smiles annually across five states. The locations in North Carolina offer either convenience at their South Park Mall kiosk or privacy at their office locations. Armed with Beaming White, a special light activated gel teeth-whitening system that pairs a peroxide-based gel with a UV-free LED light, their team of technicians helps clients brighten their choppers with an applicator pen. An applicator pen exposes the teeth so the gel and light reach every inch of enamel. Once the light unites with the gel, coffee, tea, and grass stains begin to vanish. Teeth continue to lighten after the treatment, achieving a color that's 3-7 shades whiter over the course of 24 hours. With proper care, results can last up to 12 months, or roughly the time it takes to adapt the phonebook into a comedic opera.
Serving prime steaks cut by the century-old Allen Brothers firm, Neil Jordan's supplies diners with fresh seafood, meal-bridging brunchstuffs, and upscale dinner options. For brunch, fork open a blue-crab omelette's fluffy eggshell ($10), or claim a steak and eggs ($18) before meat prospectors start panning it for elusive beef crystals. In the evening, a light rain of blue-cheese fondue or truffle butter drizzles on prime rib eyes ($33/14 oz.) working over creamed spinach ($7) or whipped potatoes ($7). Pan-seared golden sea bass ($29) brings out diners' most thrilling scuba stories as tongues swim through goat cheese and tarragon risotto and reefs of peach coulis. A staggering collection of wine bottles lines the golden-hued halls of Neil Jordan's, which fill with the sounds of clinking stemware and the distant echo of one glass hand clapping.
Tenichi Steak House crafts a range of Japanese specialties, including hand-rolled sushi as well as flavorful, MSG-free hibachi fare that’s sizzled in 100% vegetable oil. During tableside preparations, knife-twirling chefs make a performance of mincing, flambéing, and flashing semaphore messages, before dishing up still-steaming heaps of steak and seafood. Udon soups and crispy, golden tempura specialties round out the menu.
The velvety, almost liquid-like sounds of brass instruments flood The Jazz Corner. Tinkling pianos, playful clarinets, and wailing guitars can also be heard forming everything from swing and bebop to Dixieland and Rhythm & Blues. The jazz club keeps its lineup of musicians fresh and has hosted the extraordinary talents of George Shearing, Freddie Cole, and Bucky Pizzarelli. These eclectic sounds are one reason The Jazz Corner was named one of the top 150 great jazz rooms in the world by Down Beat. The other reason is the restaurant's fine-dining menu, which features artisanal dishes of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, marmalade duck breast, and she-crab soup. Bartenders up the ante with jazz-themed cocktails, including Count Basie's Cosmo with Chambord-flavored vodka.
Nestled in among the trees, sunshine, and ferns of Hilton Head, Nick's Steak and Seafood looks like a friendly local joint from the outside. A simple step through the door, however, teleports diners from the Lowcountry to pure Pittsburgh sports mania. Owner Josh and his wife, Katie, both love the Steel City teams, and they celebrate that love with apparel and memorabilia from the Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates all over the walls. To fuel the fanaticism, their chefs dish up a menu of classic surf 'n' turf, which includes filet mignon, lobster tail, and ready-to-peel shrimp.