Within Valley Wing Pit Sports Bar & Grill, referee-jersey-clad waiters circulate the sprawling 5,000-square-foot sports bar, serving heaping plates of wings slathered in eight sauces. The bar boasts 19 screens flickering with sports games or the anguished postgame depression of refs. There's even a giant projection screen fitted into a yellow goalpost. Nine draft beers and numerous bottled beers complement the serving of grilled eats, such as hoagie-wrapped brats and 16-inch four-cheese pizzas. Despite its focus on wings, the bar does present an all-you-can-eat salad bar, which shouldn't be taken literally, since they need the lettuce tongs for tomorrow's patrons.
Buon Gusto's classic Italian menu mollifies appetites with a spread of savory pasta plates. Start off with flavorful appetizers such as crab cakes with lobster sauce ($6.95), bruschetta ($5.50), and a belly-warming bowl of pastina in brodo (chicken broth with pasta; $7.50). With your appetite aptly antipastoed, try out pasta dishes such as the fusilli alla fantasia, a magical ride through toasted pine nuts, cream, brandy, shallots, and gorgonzola ($12.50). Sink seafaring pearlies into the linguine with clams or mussels ($17.50), or opt for the alla paillard, its tender veal kissed with extra-virgin olive oil and lemon ($17.95). Buon Gusto also tops tables with pizzas ($8.50–$16.95), calzones ($10.50), and family-style dinners ($10.95 per person), just right for patrons who prefer to control the migratory patterns of their dinner plates. Alternately, for the special wine tasting, guests will stop by to sip from a selection of four notable Spanish wines, each handpicked to tango with complementary appetizers.
Live musicians and DJs add a rhythmic sway to the steps of guests toting frosty bottles of beers and salt-flecked margaritas from Norwood Bar & Lounge's gleaming counter. Light caroms off black leather seating and red walls from overhead chandeliers, and soft chatter drifts between candles or distracts golden-retriever quarterbacks on the flat-screen television. Themed parties and dance events fuel revelry, and drinks rise toward the ornate paneled metal ceiling to meet in happy toasts.
For centuries, smoking hookah in a café has been a way to relax among friends. Lux Cafe & Hookah Lounge adds a touch of refinery to this experience. Dim lighting punctuated by a rim of neon on the ceiling shrouds the room in hushed ambiance, and a music-video DJ projects audiovisual collages onto the lounge’s wall. Seated at sofas, love seats, and magical toadstools around low tables, hookah smokers puff on Starbuzz tobacco flavors ranging from blackberry and tangerine dream to fuzzy naval.
El Criollo creolizes a menu of classic, authentic Cuban cuisine with a contemporary cast of flavorful influences. Test out the waters with a tamal cubano appetizer, a homemade yellow corn pork tamale delicately decorated with minced garlic and olive oil ($3.95). Exquisite Cuban entrees include the lengua guisada, beef tongue stewed in a fusion of fresh herbs and spices ($11.95), and the slow-roasted lecbón asado, a marinated pork leg cloaked in caramelized onions ($13.95). Diners can dive into the pescado sudado, boneless white fish steamed in a tomato-creole purée ($14.95), or the pollo en salsa de ajo, stewed chicken smoldered in a medley of garlic, white wine, olive oil, onion, and cilantro ($11.95). Wash down lingering spices with a glass of the house sangria ($6), or share a pitcher of beer ($16-$18) with a group of friends, Romans, and countrymen.
The bubblegum pink that brightens Blo Blow Dry Bar reflects the blow dry bar’s whimsical approach to coifing. Born in 2007 to fill a gap in the beauty industry, Blo sticks solely to styling locks with seven signature Blo Outs that range from the smooth, voluminous Red Carpet to the Boho Side Braid, ideal for camouflaging heads in woven throw rugs. The business caters to a range of customers from those prepping for a special date night to brides-to-be, spending up to 45 minutes delineating their desired looks during consultations.
Blo Blow Dry Bar assures its clients that they aren't "cheating" on their hairdressers, since the Blo Blow Dry Bar doesn't offer typical services such as cuts and color. Each stylist graduates from the Blo U(niversity) training program, and they can also perform extra services, such as deep conditioning, clip-in extensions, head massage, and gloss treatments.
The poultry patrons at Big Wangs give smashmouth sports fans their fill of multiple HD screens, affordable drinks, and gigantic, tasty wings at a lively East Coast–style bar atmosphere. Browse the menu to find an array of tangy sauces, from garlic buffalo to chipotle barbecue, to deck out the plump drumettes ($6.49–$18.75). Pair a frothy 34-ounce brew, such as Sierra Nevada ($9.50), with the tasty tater tots ($3.50) to lovingly douse the championship coach within your stomach. Diners can also dig their digits into savory handhelds such as the blackened ahi sandwich ($12.49) or Big Wangs burger ($9.99).