The Marble Slab Creamery sensory experience begins by just walking past the storefront, where the buttery scent of fresh-baked waffle cones drifts out into the air. Gourmet ice creams are freshly crafted on site from Marble Slab’s original recipe, enticing customer's eyes with a rainbow of colors. Once clients have made a flavor selection, they choose from a smorgasbord of mix-ins, from fresh fruit to nuts to candy and crumbled cookies, which an ice cream chef then hand-folds in atop a frosty marble slab before packing the finished custom-designed flavor masterpiece into a house-made waffle cone.
In addition to procuring hand-held treats, Marble Slab Creamery can send creations home in a variety of other formats, such as ice cream cakes, cupcakes, and hand-packed quarts, or in the capable hands of a catering team for sprucing up special events such a corporate get-togethers or school functions with sundae bars in tow.
At Delesandri's, gourmet cupcakes are baked daily to lure dessert diners forever away from the unhealthy world of nonsweets. Snag a single cupped cake ($2.75), a half-dozen ($15), or a dozen ($29) to ensure that taste buds stay happy about their tongue-locked life. Regular drool-inducing flavors include the signature key-lime cupcake with cream-cheese frosting, the gluten-free red velvet, and the italian cream. Flavors such as chocolate mint, carrot, tres leches, and boston crème pie topped with chocolate ganache rotate their way through the week. Cakes, pies, bread pudding, and custom creations are also available on a pre-order basis. Customers can indulge their sweet teeth while relaxing on Delesandri's waterfront patio and using the free WiFi to research the best method for cleaning cupcake icing out of a keyboard.
The boutique winery specializes in personalized pours. Rather than growing its own grapes, D'Vine starts with high-quality juices to create its renowned reds and crisp whites. Wine is special in that it's a beverage equal parts soothing and social. Host a sophisticated birthday party, toast to the end of a stressful week, or gather your closest for an afternoon of grapey goodness.
While The Cock & Bull Pub and Restaurant's actual bricks and mortar reside in Seabrook, its interior might as well be 5,000 miles away in a cozy corner of Manchester. The eatery's UK vibe emanates from a menu of British specialties, with chefs preparing classics including bangers and mash, fish and chips, and shepherds pie. Guests wash down these creation with pints from the generous taps, which house 55 beers suitable for any taste or occasion.
In addition to the authentic food and drinks, the pub also maintains the same communal conviviality of its cross-Atlantic cousins. Throughout the week, musicians fill the space with largely acoustic live music, with styles ranging from Scottish folk to Texas country. The proprietors also maintain an in-pub library, a cozy corner with couches where guests may retire for a light repast and a bit of scandalous rumor-mongering about the poor state of the neighbors' lands.
Eaters chatter over steaming plates of modern Italian cuisine at Amadeus Italian Restaurant and Piano Bar, set to a score of live music. Servers buzz about a recently renovated dining room, delivering Shakespearean monologues to the menu's signature crab-cakes app dribbled with a lemon sauce and accompanied by a side of jalapeño remoulade ($12). Eight-ounce filet mignons replenish dwindling energy stashes, cascading with wild mushroom-gorgonzola cream or green peppercorn brandy demi-glace ($27). Chefs tier jumbo lump crabmeat and pico de gallo atop blackened red snapper Vera Cruz ($25) in an edible homage to Pisa's famous Leaning Tower of Seafood.
Bailey's modern, chic exterior gives way to a casual and cozy dining room perfect for perusing the dinner menu. Start your meal with flatbreads featuring smoked chicken and four cheese ($10) or southern pulled pork ($11), or opt for the shrimp and grits ($12). Entrees include a wide selection of seafood, steaks, and chops. Sesame-seared ahi with sweet soy sauce and spicy sriracha ($27) brings Asian influence, or swim back to this side of the Brazos River with brewhouse barbecue shrimp ($20). Steaks and chops include an aged 20-oz. bone-in ribeye with Bailey's own Worcestershire sauce and potatoes au gratin ($33), aged 8-oz. filet mignon with a zinfandel reduction and garlic-herb mashed potatoes ($35), and Colorado lamb chops with a truffle sauce, garlic-herb mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach ($30). Because the restaurant only buys locally raised meat, seafood, and produce, Bailey's will calm the environmentalist nerves of your conscience's conscience.