A trio of Buddha statues gazes calmly at the entrance to Little Buddha Thai Bistro, as if awaiting the arrival of enlightenment. But before 6 p.m. on weeknights or 7 p.m. on Saturdays, it's restaurant patrons who arrive instead, taking seats at dark wood tables within the eatery's pale gray walls. In the kitchen, main-dish morsels of chicken or beef simmer in coconut milk or sizzle as they're stir-fried in a wok. Appetizers such as skewered satay arrive to prime palates. And in the dining room, thai wraps—stuffed with a choice of fillings such as shrimp and sweet coconut rice—echo the cylindrical shape of hanging lamps and warp pipes used for day trips to Bangkok.
Amid woodcarvings of Asian deities, copper and bronze flowers creep across Thai Jasmine Restaurant’s shoji screens. Asian-inspired flourishes such as these lend the eatery an aura of authenticity that extends to the food: chefs draw upon culinary skills honed in Thailand to craft a menu of stir-fries and noodle dishes. They marinate meat in redolent Thai spices before roasting them over charcoals and deep-fry fish in a coconut batter that complements sautéed pineapple. Additionally, thai iced coffee or ginger tea enable refreshment and a skilled gargling of the American and Thai national anthems.
Urban Dog and Sausage serves up encased meats armed with innovative flair and premium ingredients. The menu stars Vienna Beef–brand sausages, flown in from Chicago, that range from the aptly named Chicago Dog with all the fixins ($3.69) to the breakfast-breaking Brunch Dog, a freshly grilled frankfurter topped with fried egg, smoked bacon, and yellow mustard ($3.79). For patrons who prefer to sate their juicy, carnal cravings sans link, Urban boasts a single burger option, Royale with Cheese ($4.09), and for those who crave sans carnal cravings, the Nhot Dog, a meatless frank dressed with grilled onions and yellow mustard ($3.19) is offered. On the sausage end, Urban outputs The Govna, a beer bratwurst covered in dusseldorf brown mustard, with a choice of grilled onions or sauerkraut ($4.19), and which pairs properly with sides including coleslaw, potato salad, or chili ($1.49 each), or the diner's signature urban fries ($2.49 for a shareable size).
A Casino Event's poker professionals foster an evening chock-full of chips with a three-hour card-flipping fiesta in the comfort of the customer's own abode. Defibrillate lackluster cocktail parties with one professional blackjack table and one felt-topped poker plateau. An experienced dealer accompanies the casino accouterments to instruct budding card sharks and prevent high-profile heists by ragtag bands of playing-card collectors. Hold 'em enthusiasts of any age can attend, so hustle up a multigenerational hodgepodge of players to plant paws on included casino chips and play money. An entourage of A Casino Event employees set up the felt-topped fixtures for each soiree, leaving hosts free to mingle or slip spare aces up their sleeves. For an additional fee, enlist the aide of a highly trained bartender to murkify memories and bolster late-morning breakfast reviews of the bash.
Tommy T's Comedy & Dinner Theatre turns the mic on local and national entertainers as casually dressed patrons sip ice-cold liquids between chortles. Stop by September 8–11 to catch Alonzo Bodden, Last Comic Standing's season-three winner, who has gone on to act in major films and perform nonspeaking roles in animated features. Bodden will take the stage with his “cynically good-natured” brand of storytelling. A monthly calendar chronicles weekly engagements with other comedians and troupes who aim to incite laughter by telling humor jokes or tickling random crowd members. Doors open one hour prior to 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. performances and a half hour before 10 p.m. shows. Seating at Tommy T's is first come, first served, and an extensive menu, although not included in the price of the Groupon, complements the supplied refreshments and rousing guffaws.
With a 24-hour gaming floor and adjacent restaurant and bar, Cordova Restaurant Casino combines upscale gaming with elegant dining. A stone hearth and mahogany paneling greets diners and card sharks in this smoke-free establishment, which evokes the ambiance of a swanky Las Vegas–style card club in the heart of a luxury lodge. The dinner menu ranges from traditional fare, such as the "All In Burger", a 1/2 lb choice sirloin steak with gruyere and bleu cheese, caramelized onions, baby arugula and horseradish cream ($8.95), to a variety of souped-up entrees, such as the "Miso Glazed Halibut" partnered with baby bok choy and jasmine rice ($16.95). The bar possesses a handsome selection of beers, wines by the glass or foot-less boot, and signature cocktails. The state-of-the-art gaming floor is littered with traditional table games.