The flavors of the Mediterranean and India infuse the selections on Cafe Nirvana's otherwise typical cafe menu of deli sandwiches and salads. A specialty sandwich laced with spicy tandoori chicken and pepper jack cheese gives tastebuds a kick with little cumin-covered spurs, while strips of gyro meat cool off with housemade tzatziki sauce. On the roster of coffee drinks, chai is crafted from a special house recipe, rich with the scent of Indian spices and brewed fresh daily.
Imagine Affairs revitalizes the classic murder-mystery template with current-day touches: Scenarios reference the modern nightclub in which the audience and actors gather, and cases are cracked by CSI-style cops, not Holmesian detectives or omniscient robots. Meanwhile, the actors leaven the dire situation with doses of improv comedy and audience interaction, which lets guests become as entangled in plot twists as they want.
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.
Cinnamon-glazed apples, crispy bacon, and vanilla ice cream are just a few of the toppings available to enhance classic and specialty waffles at Waffle Shop Country Cooking. Along with their eponymous food, the chefs create homestyle morning favorites such as breakfast burritos and biscuits and gravy, plus burgers, sandwiches, and salads for lunch. They also make a healthy omelets and soups fresh on a daily basis. The eatery’s nine different locations enable customers to eat nine plates of waffles in a 24-hour span without anyone catching on—unless you start to turn into a waffle, with a golden grid pattern on your face.
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.