Each of the Monkey Joe's bounce houses and fun parks located in 18 states draws its inspiration from its eponymous mascot. Legend has it that the furry purple monkey discovered bouncing by accidentally falling out of a coconut tree, and he decided then and there to spread the fun with inflatable bounce houses and obstacles, slides, and jungle gyms.
Kids aged 12 and younger can split their time among the inflatable play center, climbing walls, and game center, and toddlers aged 3 and younger seek binky-laden treasure chests in special play areas. With an eye toward sanitation, the staffers oversee regular wipe-downs with Swisher Hygiene formulas. They also host parties, where video monitoring and identity bracelets keep track of guests to ensure safety.
The Inn-Field’s flame wielders grill up a menu of hearty pub grub within a lively taproom boasting games and an array of eclectic décor. Spinach artichoke dip leads a parade of crispy tortilla chips into vacant face caverns ($6.75) before the hefty cheeseburger ($6.95) or beer-battered fish ‘n’ chips ($7.95) widen gullets even further. Otherwise, a heap of succulent buffalo-style wings ($7.25–$13.50)—customizable with an array of sweet, tangy, and fiery sauces—offer the opportunity to master wet-nap aptitude. Or give tongues a taste of harmonious flavor without licking a piano with a tender xylophone of barbecue baby back ribs ($16.50).
Jimmy Jax sports saucy and savory lunch and dinner menus that boast a boney bounty of baby-back ribs from the award-winning ribsperts at Michelbob’s ($9.99 half rack, $14.99 full rack), alongside other sauceable, sliceable palate pleasers. Chomp down on a Chicago-style thin-crust or new deep dish pizza loaded with cheeses imported from Italy and Wisconsin ($7.99–$14.99 for thin-crust or $10.99–$18.99 for deep dish) and covered with your choice of tasty toppings ($1.49 each), ranging from Italian sausage and Genoa salami to ethnically ambiguous tomatoes, green peppers, and anchovies. Lunch and dinner plates include comforting mouthfuls of smoked barbecue pulled pork ($7.99) and melt-iculously viscid five-cheese macaroni ($7.99 dinner), and suppertime combos ($11.99) pair the restaurant's signature rib-sticking rib racks with one of six other signature tastes (served with a garlic knot and choice of three sides).
Hungry Howie’s grew into a nation-spanning franchise from a humble start in Taylor, Michigan in 1973, when founder Jim Hearn converted a hamburger stand into a pizzeria. With the help of business partner Steve Jackson––who started as a delivery man at the original location––the two men franchised a decade later and began expanding their delicious operation, eventually expanding to nearly 600 locations spread across 24 states in the 3rd dimension alone. Winner of Pizza Today magazine’s Chain of the Year award in 2004, Hungry Howie’s continues to earn the most attention for its specialty flavored crust pizzas––which infuse dough with a choice of eight seasonings such as ranch or garlic herb––as well as zesty pizza accompaniments such as oven-baked meatball and chicken parm subs.
From escargot appetizers to whipped-cream-crowned housemade apple-strudel desserts, Uncle Lui's Restaurant offers a wide variety of Hungarian and German dishes. The staff can pour imported beer such as Beck's and Heineken to complement entrees such as veal goulash, which is simmered in a sour cream and paprika sauce. The pair of veal cutlets in the wiener schnitzel is breaded and fried to golden perfection, like the tastiest bullion at Fort Knox.
Chef Tuan Truong and his wife, Lien Pham, cook what they know: yellow curries and pho soup from their native Vietnam. But that’s only the beginning. The ambitious duo also draws culinary inspiration from countries across Asia, from the fiery coconut curries of Thailand to the marinated barbecue beef of Korea. Whether their recipes detour to India or Indonesia, the couple works exclusively with organic vegetables and housemade sauces, favoring spices such as fresh cilantro, fragrant lemongrass, and hot chili peppers. They fold tender cuts of beef, chicken, and prawns into a variety of curry, rice, and noodle dishes while pots of tom yum soup bubble on the stove. To craft the Saigon crepe that was lauded by the Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald, the skilled chefs cook the light batter “until its edges are crisp and lacy,” then stuff it with a mélange of chicken, prawns, chinese mushrooms, and bean sprouts.
Diners sip on warm sake out in the bright dining room, where lanterns made of red, pink, and yellow paper dangle from the ceilings. An accommodating wait staff bustles about the booths and tables, suggesting dishes and taking note of special dietary preferences, such as a fondness for extra spice or a request that all vegetables be cut into the shape of favorite farm animals.