Though a typical sports bar’s main draw is usually its arsenal of flat-screen TVs, things run a little differently at Seasons Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill. Nine 42-inch sportscasting screens do hang from the eatery’s walls, yet the real entertainment comes from the open kitchen, where acclaimed chef Glenn Cybulski hand-tosses thick California–style dough in front of diners' eyes before sliding it into a wood-fired oven imported directly from Italy. The chef cooks up a list of predesigned pies, from a crispy neopolitan to the meat-packed Carne, but also leaves some of the innovation to customers, customizing create-your-own pizzas topped with fixings such as canadian bacon and artichoke hearts. Aside from spinning out the decadent dough, the head chef also lends his talents to hand-pattied burgers, locally caught seafood, and slow-roasted barbecue slathered in homemade sauce and butterfly kisses.
Double Decker powers its ball returns and lights its 50 slick boulder-tossing lanes with energy harnessed by roof-mounted solar panels. After slipping on rented shoes, party members stake their two-hour claim on a lane boasting automatic scoreboards, bumpers, and color commentary from retired pins. Trounce hunger with one large pizza ($12) and a pitcher of soda ($5), or unwind between frames in a lounge area replete with big screen TVs, a full service bar, and pool tables.
Couples can tap their toes to triple-rhythms or swivel their shoulders in silver foxtrots during one-hour classes taught by nurturing instructors during the course of five weeks. Offering a safe and supportive environment in which couples of all dancing dexterities can follow their rug-cutting inclinations, The Ballroom specializes in social dancing and restoring mislaid grooves to their rightful owners. A bimonthly class schedule features several spicy levels of hip-swinging salsa classes and a popular East Coast–swing series that will have students lindy hopping over the competition at Jay Gatsby’s next lawn party. Heartland dances such as the line dance give feet a taste of American pie and nightclub dances such as salsa and cha-cha ensure perfect street-credit scores of 850. A series of social-ballroom classes survey traditional waltzes and foxtrots for formal occasions.
The 101 Casino's City Limits Restaurant's amiable staff deals out classic American fare with an upscale presentation. For dinner, experienced chefs prepare fresh caesar salads ($11.95) or succulent lobster tails ($32.95), and kitchen blacksmiths forge plates that buckle under 16 ounces of house-cut prime rib ($18.95). For lunch, the no-limit burger stacks gruyere and blue cheese and baby arugula upon ground sirloin ($10.95) and the french dip showcases tender roast beef, begging to take a dip in an au jus pool ($8.95). Diners can also fuel fuel breakfasting stomachs with pancakes and fresh omellettes or egg-powered rocket ships until 5 p.m. every day.
Beyond the Glory Sports Bar & Grill welcomes broods and boosters to enjoy their classic menu of shareable appetizers and belly-filling burgers. Excited diners flex fingers around fried orders of beer-battered onion rings ($7.25) made with jumbo sweet onions or cheese- and bacon-packed potato skins ($8.25), and ravenous barbershop quartets grease their voice boxes with the Glory sampler platter ($16.95) loaded with hot wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and spicy Santa Fe taquitos. Leaf lovers fork through ruffage-filled salads such as the spinach salad ($9.50) topped with bacon, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette or the country fried chicken salad ($10.95) crowned with crisp chicken strips, ranch dressing, and pickled red onions. Each of the seven burgers comes on a ciabatta roll with stylish edible accessories such as the California burger’s avocado and pesto mayonnaise ($12.25) and the Bench Warmer’s beefless black bean patty ($8.95).
The chefs at Flamez Bar & Grill never complain about their jobs not being exciting enough. From breakfast through dinner, they must battle ribbons of fire into submission as they grill sausages, flip half-pound burgers, and blacken chicken to perfection. Though they may suffer a singed eyebrow every now and then, they find solace in the steady stream of regulars who gather around the restaurant’s tables to feast on their signature melts, new york steaks, and pulled-pork sandwiches. The warmth of the kitchen extends to the dining room, where glasses filled with Lagunitas beer clink together and servers pour thick, cold milkshakes over plates of hot wings that have spontaneously caught fire.