Throughout the week, Bounce-N-Around buzzes with activity as kids scramble and jump over the springy landscapes of inflatable bouncers. Arcade games test hand-eye coordination and aptitude at space invading, and electric kiddie rides—such as horses, cars, and helicopters—bob back and forth in their own area. A mini movie theater provides a scaled-down, all-ages cinema experience, complete with tiered seating.
Courtside Diner invites guests to taste something "down home countrified," with their chefs whipping up every dish on the homestyle menu from scratch. After nabbing a seat at the counter, rising grill steam prophesies morning offerings of three-egg omelets and soft blueberry pancakes. During lunch and dinner, flames kiss juicy burgers, and a stone oven bakes New York style pizzas to a bubbly finish. As guests dress greens at the fresh salad bar, they can peruse the diner's collection of wall placards, which are emblazoned with motivational phrases such as Simplicity, Faith, Family, and Exit This Way.
Every dish at Showside Grill & Bakery passes through the gaping mouth of a four-eyed beast. The playfully painted service window is one of the many quirky design elements of the eatery's lime-green 75-seat dining room, a fitting backdrop for its eclectic cuisine and variety of live shows. Chefs Michael and Art Ward whip up burgers and hot dogs, seafood, and classic country-style favorites such as the open-face hot turkey on texas toast with gravy. The Monday-night Breakfast at Dinner event flip-flops the usual routine with a spread of eggs, hash browns, and pancakes. The prodigious dessert menu, like a slow-loris telethon, seems to stretch on interminably, running the toothsome gamut from truffles to mousse to classic cobblers and cakes as well as a long list of pies both traditional and inventive. Weekends add live entertainment to the mix, kicking off with Thursday-night karaoke followed by the beats of live local bands on Friday and Saturday.
Jac’s Grill serves up a dinner menu packed with gourmet seafood, steak, salads, and pasta. Field greens take on a new persona when disguised in spiced walnuts, gorgonzola cheese, roasted-black-peppered apples, a blond wig, and a sweet maple vinaigrette ($5–$7). Parmesan fried oysters served over cheese grits ($10) leave diners eager to move onto main-meal events, such as pecan-crusted grouper, which is baked, dressed in a red-pepper coulis, and served with parmesan risotto and asparagus ($24). Jac’s à la carte meat market gives diners a choice of various cuts of steak, chicken, or pork chops, all served with sides, inventive sauces, and an affirmation of free will. A 12-ounce New York strip steak may pair with a roasted sweet potato, wilted spinach, and a smoked-gouda cream sauce ($24), and a loaded potato cake, broccolini, and Jac’s own barbeque sauce can accompany tender chicken to the plate ($13).
Charron's Deli's green awning and brick exterior gives way to a tidy shop, interspersed with tables, wicker picnic baskets, and a glass display case stocked with filler-free Boar's Head meat and cheese. Master slicers carve hand-trimmed hams ($9.99/lb.) to pair with cheddar, provolone, and pepper jack cheese ($7.99/lb.) or pastrami and corned beef ($10.99/lb.), and other requested cuts are shaved to fill house-made sandwiches or meat scrapbooks. Diners perusing the deli menu can customize subs and sandwiches by mixing and matching the meat and cheese or settle on options such as the club sub with bacon ($4.79 for a 6”; $7.09 for a 12”), the grilled roast beef and cheddar ($5.99), or a hot dog dressed with chili and loaded with toppings ($1.59–$2.29). Sandwiches are served atop a roll or white, wheat, or rye bread, which servers can grill panini-style to warm diners chilled from clearing snowy driveways with their tongues ($1 extra).