Upon their arrival, visitors to Crescent Moon Wine Bar and Restaurant will be faced with a difficult decision?they'll have to decide on a wine. The extensive list spans more than 300 selections available by the glass or bottle. Then they'll have to select something to nibble on, perhaps the beef short ribs slow cooked in a Shiner Bock gravy or the filet-and-shrimp surf 'n' turf accompanied garlic truffled mashed potatoes.
And the whole time, they'll be distracted by their impressive surroundings, including stone-arches soaring high above them, stone walls, and a stage where live bands play nearly every day of the week. In front of this stage is an open space, and they'll have to decide if they want to dance here alongside the couples or organize a game of Freeze Tag.
The consortium of professional instructors at Fred Astaire Dance Studios, which was cofounded by the legendary toe tapper himself, shepherds students of all ages and skill levels through lessons that span the style spectrum. Low-pressure private sessions allow enthusiastic teachers to fine-tune individual students' techniques and form, using their expert eyes and mechanical dancing shoes preprogrammed to do the Charleston. Patrons can learn how to cavort through classic waltz and fox-trot romps or swivel through the modern steps of salsa, swing, or samba. For dancers hoping to hoof it up in a social setting, the group practice parties provide a one-night extravaganza of instruction, demonstrations, and amateur firewalking.
Wolfies nourishes packs of roving diners with a menu of fresh crawfish, burgers, wings, and ribs. Wings ($7.99/10 wings) are available in a range of spiciness from little red to howling hot. Dip Wolfies' signature crawfish (market price) in the savory sea of your choice, such as butter or seasonings. The catfish platter comes fried or blackened with hush puppies ($9.99). Well-built tongues can absorb protein while bench-pressing a half rack of St. Louis–style ribs ($9.99), or a flame-grilled 14-ounce T-bone steak ($15.99).