Moxies Comedy Zone hosts top-tier and up-and-coming stand-up talent and pairs it with live music, a full bar, and a food menu. While watching laugh-inducing lines pour out of the mouths of comedians such as Cee-Jay Jones, who has graced the stages of the Apollo Theater, BET's Comic View, and several fruit conventions, chucklers can share a plate of hot wings doused in mild to hot sauces ($9.99 for 12) or a jalapeño burger ($8.99). Guests may also engineer a starch tower at the build-your-own pasta bar ($9.99).
Mayo's Ristorante's brick storefront welcomes guests into a warm interior, where a team of chefs builds a contemporary menu of inimitable Italian dishes out of locally culled ingredients. Match a furious appetite against the fried green tomatoes, which come equipped with scallops, shrimp, and a lemon beurre blanc ($14), or the nuts and berries salad with blue cheese crumbles and pecans ($10). The baked ziti, like Danny DeVito, sleeps under a blanket of buffalo mozzarella and marinara sauce ($13), and the grilled rib eye garners palate popularity with a succulent herb-butter sauce ($25). The seafood pasta takes taste buds on a flavorful odyssey aboard a linguine boat––traversing an ocean of clams, mussels, shrimp, and scallops ($24). Answer your sweet tooth's frantic pages with one of Mayo's signature homemade desserts, bringing meals to a delectably delightful conclusion.
Sweet Frog’s frozen-yogurt flavors go beyond the norm. In addition to cookies ‘n’ cream and greek yogurt with honey, the lineup of 75 varieties includes maple-bacon donut, cake batter, and dulce de leche. Patrons can sprinkle on toppings such as fresh fruit and candies, then savor their confetti’d confections in the lime-green-and-pink restaurant. Smiling frogs and funky white hanging lamps give the stores an air of fun, but founder Derek Cha is interested in giving more than that to the community; through Sweet Frog, he sponsors children in need and dispatches frog mascots to those who need encouragement.
The vision of a local North Carolina man, Zootastic Park sends animal lovers on an educational, interactive journey with an ever-expanding selection of exhibits, attractions, and activities. Owner Scottie Brown—who, along with his family, has been working with exotic animals for more than 30 years—transformed his dream into reality in 2009, when the zoo finally opened its gates after several years of construction and growing inside a kangaroo pouch. Today, the zoo's themed areas, such as Western Town and the Barnyard Petting Zoo, let visitors explore reptiles, farm animals, and exotic beasts including antelope, birds, and tigers who go by the names Sasha and Jasmine. Zootastic Park also hosts or furnishes animals for special events and can provide an exotic feel for events including birthdays, weddings, and corporate gatherings. When winter rolls around, the zoo morphs into a wonderland of lights, complete with an appearance from a Santa Claus who is clearly just a zebra wearing the sheep's cast-off wool.
Groucho's has been serving deli-style favorites to South Carolina's sandwich set since 1941. The menu features a sea of sandwiches ($3.79–$7.09), including traditional corned beef on rye, chicken salad, and the house specialty, Baby Sub, a warm combo of salami, bologna, provolone, herb slaw, and lean ham. Groucho's woos salad skeptics with its Just Bacon Salad—4 ounces of real bacon crumbs mounded on a smoke screen of greens ($5.09). Running the gamut of heart health, it also offers a sizeable selection of low-fat alternatives and vegetarian options. If kosher dills inspire intense thirst or desires to soak fingertips in carbonation, Groucho's carries bottled beer and Dr. Brown's soda.