Thirty years ago, a mother, a son, and his wife joined forces to create their own barbecue restaurant, starting with family-inspired, made-from-scratch recipes. They formula proved to be a success, and Woody’s Bar-B-Q now dishes the same quality eats from locations in six states. The restaurant’s defining secret sauce decorates baby back ribs, pulled pork sandwiches, and roasted half-chickens at each location.
The bagel aficionados at Bagel World Caf? borrow the dual techniques of baking and boiling their signature breakfast staple from The Big Apple. Every day at their four locations, they whip up batches of fresh bagels in more than 23 flavors, such as cinnamon crunch and jalapeno bialy. But it's not just the bagels that are made fresh daily?everything from their macaroni to their 12 flavors of house-made cream cheese, available in flavors from honey vanilla to cheesecake, complement each bagel. Bagel World's sub and Kaiser rolls are likewise baked daily, rather than hastily assembled by squishing leftover bagels together. They serve as the foundation to half-pound sandwiches made with Boar's Head meats such as corned beef and cracked pepper turkey. All these can be washed down with coffee brewed from house-roasted beans or freshly-made smoothies.
You might notice every group eating a different dish at Crispy’s Beer & Wine Bar. That’s because the bar has BYOF policy—that’s short for bring your own food—which lets guests soak up the 39 craft brews on draft without having to snack on bar peanuts. This policy inspires patrons to linger over pints of hoppy Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA or bottles of fruity Belgian Kasteel Rouge. The deep brown of Gulden Draak hints at its potent Belgian flavor and alcohol content, and light flits easily through the wheat-golden color of Paulaner Hefeweizen. Televisions overhead chatter, providing updates on athletic events or how scary the weatherman says thunder will be this weekend. Those who didn’t bring food snack on the bar’s small selection of locally produced appetizers and desserts such as chocolate-covered potato chips and beer brittle.
Like its sister location, Old School Pizza 2 in Midtown brings together the best of two different schools. The menu features the kinds of classic Italian American cuisine that have been beloved for years, from strombolis and chicken parmesan to pizza with homemade sauce and dough. The decor, on the other hand, celebrates the movies, pop culture, and fledgling video games of the 1980s. Both locations feature a full bar and nightly events that add a little extra entertainment to dining out.
The baristas at Café Unique pour fresh-brewed coffee to complement sandwiches and entrees that are packed with organic greens and Amish meats and cheeses. Inside, the walls brim with vibrant paintings, jewelry, and canvas photographs by local artists. Outdoors, a spacious brick courtyard seats up to 300 guests for special events, and on regular days welcomes dogs to frolic around and bury bones in the fire pit. In the café's high-ceilinged ballroom, plush red chairs and a 35-foot stage facilitate weddings or company gatherings.
It's not every day that a dinner with friends risks a murder accusation. That's a good possibility for the guests of The Murder Mystery Company, who find themselves in the middle of a investigation for which any one of them could stand accused by a hapless detective. During each interactive dinner, the company's troupe of professional improv actors ignites the dining room with entertaining outbursts and hilarious one-liners in an effort to divulge clues and redirect guilt. Meanwhile, guests work together to sniff out the real culprit, which is definitely not the school janitor in a mask. Birthday parties, bachelorette celebrations, and corporate events can also get in on the interactive action by scheduling a private murder-mystery dinner.