The walls of LeDoux's Restaurant, which are honey-hued with well-loved patches of exposed brick, embody the warm, homey nature of Cajun cuisine. Steam infused with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, and andouille sausage spirals from cauldrons of jambalaya and gumbo. A fireplace pours forth its toasty affections in the bayou-inspired interior, where a fountain whispers softly alongside hanging plants that swing slowly over patrons like Tarzan during rush hour. At the full bar, mugs of Louisianan libations, such as Turbodog, Purple Haze, and Dixie ale, leave cool rings of condensation next to plates of fried frog legs and gator. Sated sighs drift from LeDoux's patio, where crackling torches cast orange accents on the liberal sprinkling of fleurs-de-lis that festoon the building and the staff's uniforms. On select nights, applause rolls over live musical acts and free-range shadow puppets.
A fresco of French romantic painter Eugène Delacroix's Liberty Leading the People crowns The Inn At Versailles's stone fireplace. The mural's subject raises a fist clenching the French flag into the sky. Her gesture symbolizes the inn's rise from the ashes and unites its European-inspired artworks, many of which were painted locally.
A calamitous fire ravaged the village of Versailles in 1901, destroying six blocks of businesses and 38 homes. As residents rebuilt, they paid architectural homage to their town's namesake palace and to the Europe of the early 1900s. Since 1993, The Inn At Versailles has taken part in the European tradition with its vintage environs.
Local artists have ornamented nearly every room with original murals, frescoes, and prints inspired by Gallic culture at the turn of the century. The inn's guest rooms and suites join the elegance of ornate chandeliers, four-poster beds, and fireplaces with the modern pizzazz of TVs and WiFi access.
Complimentary continental breakfast every morning gives way to upscale lunch and dinner served at the onsite restaurant, Michael Anthony's at The Inn. Chef Michael Delligatta crafts upscale Italian fare bolstered by an international wine list that has garnered Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence every year since 2007. Visitors may carry their revelry to a nearby winery or one of the many other attractions in the village of Versailles.
Layer a bib over the Buckeye jersey tattooed to your body and head to Bunkers for some serious chewing, cheering, and debate over which 18th-century president was tops. The extensive menu of delectable pub fare encourages diners to push taste buds to their flavor-holding capacity. To ensure that no one pulls a muscle during the main course, warm up masticating muscles with an order of jalapeño poppers, cheese sticks, or potato skins ($5 each). Sandwich options sprint the gamut from the southwestern burger with fire-roasted onions, peppers, and pepper cheese ($5.50) to the fancy, French-speaking chicken cordon bleu, served with your choice of grilled or fried poulet, sliced ham, cheese, and a mustache of Dijon. The New York strip dinner is a house recommendation, served with seasoned potatoes, a small side salad, and Texas toast ($9). If you seek something a bit lighter, opt for the grilled birdie salad, marinated in your choice of mesquite, Cajun, or lemon-pepper seasonings and tossed with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and a hard-boiled egg ($6.50).
An aviation-themed pizzeria, Christy's Family Pizzeria battles hunger with freshly baked flying dough saucers and a menu that promises squadrons of sandwiches, burgers, and salads. Bite into a 9-inch Butcher Shop specialty pizza ($11.45), stacked with pepperoni and bacon and wrapped in nutritious newspaper, or sample a 9-inc Farmer's Market pizza ($11.45) that saves you the work of growing mushrooms, banana peppers, and baked dough yourself. Oven-born Italian hoagies ($5.25/half) jostle with grill fruits such as cheeseburgers ($4.35) and chopped sirloin ($5.25) for the favor of omnivores hungrily eyeing the menu. Patrons can stay to savor Christy's casual ambiance or hurry home with a specialty pie to share with the ghosts in their refrigerators.
Hot Dogs Plus Cafe N' Cones recalls an old-fashioned ice-cream stand, with bright yellow brick walls, a walk-up dairy bar, and a menu of classic American carnival treats. Cheerful servers bustle about behind the counter, doling out freshly made foot-long coney dogs, pulled-pork sandwiches, and fried-green tomatoes. They swirl more than 50 flavors of soft-serve ice cream, and shower sundaes in hot caramel and salted nuts.
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Shen's Szechuan & Sushi's experienced chef, who hails from Chongqing, China, fuses spicy Chinese dishes with Japanese plates for a pan-Asian experience during lunch and dinner. Formerly Mr. Lee's, Shen's Szechuan & Sushi underwent a name transformation when Mr. Lee retired and his former steadfast employee, Shen, took over as the owner and head chef. Food from the Szechuan province is characterized by peppercorn and hot pepper, which is why doctors advise patients to avoid rubbing it in paper cuts. At Shen's, the piquant flavor profile takes the forms of peppercorn calamari with jalapeños, spicy dumplings, and Cheng Du pork, which is fried with garlic, ginger, and Szechuan chili pepper. Classic and relatively mild sushi rolls, such as those of the tuna and California varieties, complement the fiery entrees. Sleek tables, soft booths with undulating backboards, and minimalist hanging lamps imbue the dining room with a modern feel, which is warmed up with an amber color palette and traditional Eastern patterns. Wooden sushi boats artfully showcase a rainbow of fresh fish, echoing the room's square-wood columns and the colorful filigree that ornaments massive vases. A flat-screen television and an overhead projector enable guests to personalize parties that they host in the restaurant, and a space for live music gives runaway chopsticks a chance to try the drums.:m]]