The Dessert Oasis' expert baristas conjure more than 300 kinds of coffee drinks out of caffeinated air and matchmake them to the sundry eponymous sweets baked fresh every day. A café mocha ($2.85–$3.95) or a latte ($2.45–$3.45) might arrive adorned with an artistic dollop of milk foam in the shape of a flower, heart, or eerily accurate portrait of Queen Elizabeth. The full-bodied house blend ($1.45–$2.10) or a complexly flavored cup of 100 percent Kona beans ($3.50–$5) fuel inject a more straight-up jolt into drowsy commuters. The eatery's signature cheese or chocolate fondue ($9.95–$19.95) add a delicious coating to any dippable delight, be it a hunk of bread or neighbor's car keys.
In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
Carved wooden pizza chefs stand sentry outside Georgios Pizza and Pasta's white-brick storefront, heads tilted back as if tracking the trajectory of the dough their human counterparts mix fresh each day and hand toss for each order. A brick oven toasts the crusts and melts ricotta and fresh mozzarella over toppings such as kalamata olives, pine nuts, and philly steak. Sicilian-style pies transform their components into thicker, four-cornered mozzarella monoliths that slide neatly into a standard briefcase, and complementary flavors unfold in overstuffed pastas and subs.
The 18-hole, par-71 Springfield Oaks course, with the spatial sprawl of its front nine and the tree-packed tightness of its back nine, offers an ideal habitat in which to improve your swing or battle your broker in an all-or-nothing, x-treme golfing throwdown. The Jerry Matthews–designed Red Oaks, recently re-opened, features a fun and challenging 9-hole course on well-groomed greens. Purchase two Groupons and combine them to play 18 holes of golf at Red Oaks, doubling your chances of hacking away at the course's 31 par.
The sandwich savants at Main Street Deli assemble hearty between-bread meals, appetizing wraps, and crisp salads in their cozy home, which welcomes diners with its cheery, bright-red sign. Grilled chicken vaults over raspberry-vinaigrette-slicked orange and strawberry hurdles inside The Original pita ($6.55), and the triple-decker grilled cheese ($5.35) piles tomatoes atop gooey dairy. Six vegetarian sandwiches satisfy herbivores ($5.25+), and any sandwich can be made with a veggie patty. A thirst-quenching squadron of beverages, including Jones soda, coffee, tea, or Santa's tears, washes down sides of russian potato salad ($1.25). And pint-size patrons devour kid-friendly entrees ($3.25+), all of which come with a fountain drink and a choice of fries, chips, fruit cups, or imaginary banana splits.
At Fortesa, diners entwine forks with specialty pastas and Italian staples on an outdoor patio that overlooks downtown Rochester and Paint Creek or inside a dining room lit with elevated candelabras. After perusing the menu, friends and families can acclimate taste buds to the flavors of Italy with a house side salad and the shrimp fortesa with garlic-and-lemon sauce. Diners then sink their fangs into the potato-parmesan gnocchi with truffle oil or don flippers to justify the freshness of the lobster-, shrimp-, and crabmeat-laden seafood fettuccine. Carve up a filet mignon in a truffle demu-glace or slice through the deep-maroon center of perfectly cooked lamb chops ai ferri in a port wine reduction.