When Dean Lavallee opened the first Park Avenue BBQ in 1988, he had one lofty mission in mind: to serve the best barbecue ever made. Despite the seemingly impossible nature of his goal, he and his team continue to rise to the challenge, dry-rubbing their meats to smoke and char-grill on-site. They use all-natural, grain-fed, domestic pork for their traditional and Carolina-style barbecue pork—pulled by hand—and only use fresh, never-frozen ribs that are smoked daily over hickory. As diners chow down on hearty homestyle sides, seafood platters, or buffalo wings tossed in one of six sauces, they can admire the dining room's pictures of their city's most prominent people, places, and robot mayors.
Park Avenue BBQ arranges their meats into fun, hearty dishes such as the Dempublican sandwich, which combines smoked pork and beef brisket separated only by cheese and bacon to create a sizeable sandwich that the team has dubbed "porkalicious". They whip up Funnybonz, which look and taste like miniature ribs, using tender, lean pork that's prepared by cooking up regular ribs beneath a shrink ray. In 2008, their dedication to each dish caused Cityvoter's users to name Park Avenue BBQ the best barbecue in town.
Within A Day Of Delight’s waterfront location—an estate built in 1914 by a doting father as his daughter's wedding gift—a team of holistic therapists inspires internal and external wellness. Staffers bring together years of experience with certifications in Oriental, Ayurvedic, and European techniques to revitalize visages with facials that include herbal steam and an upper-body massage and feature preservative-free products comprised of pure, flower essences and essential oils. Massage therapists ease muscle tension in themed treatment rooms or in a secluded waterfront area beneath the palm trees, and a certified acupuncturist aims to alleviate bodily ailments.
Guests can enjoy complimentary organic tea or champagne and baked treats before their custom treatments. The space also boasts an outdoor gazebo, sauna, and a whirlpool, ideal for liquefying stress or providing survival training to a rubber ducky.
Quenchers dishes out 24 flavors of ice cream, 26 kinds of milkshakes, and customizable fruit slushes in its vibrant red, blue, and yellow store. Cones and cups host up to a triumvirate of ice-cream scoops ($2.50–$4.25), and coated waffle bowls induct themselves into the dessert fraternity by bathing in chocolate glaze and ferrying senior flavors around all day ($3.50–$5.25). Sip on a peach-mango slush ($2–$3.50) with optional boosters such as ginseng and protein ($0.50), or select a custom medley of fruits to blend an original semiliquid creation. Vienna Beef hot dogs serve as toasty complements to the colder fare and as precision-typing tools for navigating Quenchers' free WiFi.
With swinging wood saloon doors, hanging lamps made from cowboy hats, and local ranchers' brands seared into each tabletop, Cowboys' Bar-B-Q & Steak Co.'s three locations make visitors feel as though they've just stumbled in from the Texas lowlands. Many of founder Jim McCoin's self-devised recipes come from years of careful cooking while on the professional barbecue-competition circuit, which regularly led his team "Big Daddy Q" to victory. Wings strut across plates dressed in up to 20 sauce flavors, compelling tongues to quench thirst with 10 draft beers or Western-themed margaritas. Beverages are served in mason jars, carried past decorations such as photographs representing local ranching families. For outside eaters, Cowboys' supplies its hearty grilled fare through take-out and catering each day of the week.
At Bogey's & Stogey's, an impressive arsenal of cigars, cloves, cocktails, and luxury smokeables surrounds customers as they relax in a cozy lounge area. Amid wispy tendrils of fragrant smoke emanating from pipes and hookahs, patrons challenge each other to games of silver strike bowling, chess matches, or breath-holding contests. As 15 glistening brass taps dispense craft suds behind the bar, karaoke sessions each Wednesday, Sunday, and every other Friday draw crowds of amateur ballad belters. A walk-in humidor enshrines countless varieties of luxury cigars, and connoisseurs can upgrade their smoking accessories with the store’s selection of cutters, lighters, and portable humidor containers.