The three instructors at American Dance Centers have been teaching guests how to groove for more than 20 years—a timeframe that has only strengthened their belief in everyone's ability to dance. They usher students of all ages through group and private lessons on their studio's 1,400-square-foot floating floor, specializing in ballroom, Latin, and swing styles. Because their pupils share a common dedication to improvement, the teachers view the studio as a social space for dancers regardless of their individual skill levels or how many funky chickens they've eaten. In addition to classes, the staff hosts parties where amateurs and experts alike can benefit from casual practice. They bring aspiring performers to regional and national competitions and plan dance-themed getaways with other studios to resorts both nearby and overseas.
At Double Apple, Mahmoud “Joe” Migdadi applies his culinary sensibilities to both Mediterranean and classic American dishes, crafting lamb with tzatziki sauce as well as dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets for kids. Nine types of shawarma, homemade chickpea hummus, and original smoothies stand out among the Mediterranean choices, which The Roanoke Times calls "flavorful" and "healthy." The dining room, which is divided into cozy compartments, surrounds guests with Middle Eastern décor that continues into the upper level's hookah café. There, a separate ventilation system filters smoke from hookahs loaded with fruit flavors such as grape mint and margarita, which are available with or without tobacco and wish-granting genies.
West End Station’s long list of menu items complements classic pub appetizers with quesadillas, melts, handtossed specialty pizzas, and chicken wraps. Diners can spice up traditional wings ($5.50 for eight) with one of nine sauce varieties, including Baltimore harbor, sweet honey mustard, garlic, and hot Jamaican jerk. Fingers that are usually relegated to handling steering wheels, stamp adhesive, and ice-cold forks can delight in diving for hot jalapeño poppers ($3.75) or a tray of tater tots ($2.50).
Tate Street Coffee grinds and brews only the noblest of beans, the fair-trade coffees of Larry's Beans, and serves up classic coffeehouse fare including sandwiches, baked treats, and specialty beverages. If you opt for the $5 deal, pop in any time and grab a steamy mug of fresh-brewed bean juice ($1.35) with a bagel and cream cheese ($2), one of the day's selected muffin flavors ($2), or a glass of locally brewed beer ($2.95). The 334, Tate Street's popular ciabatta sandwich piled with turkey, ham, pepper jack, and baby spinach with a sweet Vidalia onion spread, is served with salsa and chips ($4.95).
Standing before a brick wall emblazoned with The Comedy Zone’s starry logo, nationally touring comics present their finely honed routines to audiences looking to laugh. During Friday and Saturday evening shows, The Comedy Zone keeps punch lines rolling with its stuffed calendar of established and up-and-coming jokesters. Little Tony’s Cafe supplies the venue with a menu of pizzas, subs, and Italian specialties, supplemented by an array of laugh-loosening beverages.