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.
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.
At Viceroy Lounge, diners await plates of Middle Eastern delicacies in a dining room full of comfy couches illuminated by drop lighting and mirrored walls reflecting revelers. A mutabbal appetizer starts meals with a potent blend of roasted eggplant, garlic, and sesame oil, whereas the shrimp cocktail helps crustaceans fit into a lounge setting without being overshadowed by tuxedoed cephalopods. Filet mignon stacks up on skewers in the beef shish kebab entree, and the chicken lulah kebab pairs minced lean chicken and chopped onion. Alternatively, a soltani entree mixes meats with tomato sauce and garlic yogurt, eerily reproducing the sensation of eating gyros in a Moroccan tomato forest. Beers from brands such as Sapporo, Blue Moon, and Stella Artois accentuate the eats.
Cuisine Type: Mediterranean-Persian fusion
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 25?50
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Kebabs, hummus, fresh laffa bread, hookah
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Weekend evenings [there's a] live DJ, therefore after 9 p.m. there is a crowd. Hookah is served only after 6 p.m.
This past March, Passion Cafe & Lounge got a new owner and a new a chef. Educated at the Culinary Institute, Chef Josh uses his classical training to fuse Mediterranean and Persian influences into a single extensive menu. His specialties include beef schnitzel, hand-breaded filets of meat served over basmati rice, and the simple yet delicious tomato and egg shakshuka, two poached eggs in a hearty tomato-vegetable sauce flavored with garlic, onions, and saffron tea, and ingredient normally only found in cups of hot water and recently pranked hot springs.
Honey-colored and sparkling with spirals of gold thread, the Shisha Cafe Lounge's lush dining room transports its guests to another time and place. Here, votives flicker behind their lanterns' glass panes, refracting light across smooth wooden surfaces as tendrils of flavored smoke undulate through the air, mirroring hookahs' twisted, ornate brass curves.
Shisha's hookah flavors go beyond the traditional, with quirky varieties including White Gummy Bear and Pirates' Cave, which is rumored to give smokers insights into the location of extra-friendly parrots. To complement puffs, a full menu of Mediterranean food satisfies appetites with items such as tabbouleh, freshly baked naan, chipotle hummus, salads, and beef or chicken kebab sandwiches or rice plates.
For centuries, smoking hookah in a caf? 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.