Within the 153-room Holiday Inn, Amici envelops diners in salmon-hued walls as they feast on freshly cut pastas and overflowing paninis. Rob Sigmund of Wild Duck Catering mans the helm of the spacious dining room, where upholstered banquettes, dark woods, and modern lighting fixtures create an atmosphere of contemporary comfort. After excavating a savory strata of lasagna, patrons can search for a wine finale on the outdoor patio or for mermen in the hotel’s swimming pool.
Dinners Done Right liberates families from the time-consuming task of menu-planning by offering ready-made dinner ideas and the recipes and ingredients to make them. Customers bring home and cook seasonally rotating grub packages that could include fresh seafood, pasta, or comfort-food entrees. The food factory also invites patrons to attend build-your-own meal sessions, which are more hands-on than a patty-cake tournament. A series of workstations create an in-store dinner assembly line stocked with the tools and ingredients to help create multiple meals to stock empty freezers.
Beau Mollinary and Jennifer Petersen know that kolache aren’t just a great dessert—when ornamented with a dollop of jalapeño cream cheese or a blend of turkey and brie, the Czech pastries become a savory, hunger-sating morsel. At the couple’s bakery and coffee shop, Chaos Kolaches, pastries contain not just sweet fillings, such as peach and banana nutella, but also meaty helpings such as pulled pork and chicken broccoli. The café also wakes up taste buds with gluten-free muffins, housemade oatmeal, and, on Saturdays, aebelskivers, a popover-style pancake. Starting as early as 6 a.m., diners can lounge on the patio and browse free WiFi, or simply admire the café’s red, black, and white interior for five hours straight. Guests can wash down their treats with Cafeto coffee and espresso drinks until the doors close, which happens when the clock ticks to 1 p.m. or a nationwide fire drill takes place.
Chase Gardens Cafe and Bistro's owners clearly take pride in the details. They hang strings of twinkling lights on their eatery's back walls, which are brushed with cityscape silhouettes, murals of porticos, and the outline of a majestic mountain range. The front wall is almost completely covered in picture windows that allow sunlight to stream in as patrons nurse cups of espresso.
On a given day, their soup specials, such as heirloom sausage or organic beef and barley stew, steam beside delicate quiches and hearty sandwiches. When they're not perusing the Internet on free WiFi, guests can question the barista about Chase's wine selection or bate them for information on how they get all those guffaws into their trademark Snickers drink.
At Camp Putt Adventure Golf Park, colored balls carom along the greens of two 18-hole courses spread across two idyllic acres. Rustling trees and ponds provide the setting for relaxing rounds, during which players must putt their way through logs, around flowerbeds, and past other obstacles to keep their scores low.
Grown on the fertile slopes of Hawaii’s islands, Kona coffee beans are known for their distinctive flavor, low acidity, and relatively high value. Many cafés and lemonade stands mix Kona beans with much cheaper beans, but Kick’n Kona Coffee supplies savvy sippers with 100% Kona brews for flavorful drinks that can be served piping hot, iced, or in a blended signature concoction. The baristas pair the caffeine-filled cups with refreshing pours of Italian sodas, fruit smoothies, and a variety of bakery fare, allowing guests to fuel up for the morning or take a breather after a rigorous bout of window shopping.