The chefs at A La Provence show discipline in their commitment to classic French recipes as well as to how they source ingredients; they use only natural organic beef, domestic veal and lamb from Marcho Farms or Strauss Farms, locally grown organic produce, and fish and shellfish brought fresh daily from Southern Seafood. Using these meats, they craft a gallery of traditional French- and European-American fusion dishes, relying on precise recipes rather than just carving steaks into the shape of Napoleon's face. They showcase their talent and creativity through a nightly changing amuse-bouche, a bite-size appetizer that servers ferry to tables before the main dinner. They follow this introduction with French classics such as rack of lamb, duck confit, and filet mignon. At lunch, they prepare salmon and rainbow trout with sides such as herb risotto and garlic haricots verts. The aromas of these dishes and international wines fill the stone-tiled dining room, where walls are hung with mirrors in gilded frames, delicate sconces, floral displays, and oil paintings of tree-lined French streets.
If 4th Quarter Bar & Grill's big-screen TVs and walls teeming with sports memorabilia don’t prompt cheers from game-day fans, the expansive menu—awash in burgers, sandwiches, and hearty steaks—ought to rouse at least a few salutes. Jerseys from acclaimed players gaze down upon the kitchen's savory creations, which fill mornings with pancakes and egg dishes while whiling away the evening hours with chicken-fried steaks and eight flavors of wings. At the bar, drink slingers deliver frothy pours of more than 60 beers, forging braver hands for dart competitions and more heartfelt sing-alongs with the Internet jukebox. On Tuesdays, trivia buffs go head to head answering questions about current events, historic facts, and pop-culture knowledge, creating a more satisfying blend of comestibles and intellect than Galileo's invention of sliced bread.
At Red Hots Salon, a Paul Mitchell Focus Salon, guests can choose a la carte hair, nail, massage, and skincare services from a full menu of body-cosseting options. The experienced pulchritude professionals ensure that patrons unwind as soon as they walk through the door, plying them with complimentary beverages or, for spa services, glasses of champagne escorted by sweet strawberries plucked from Strawberry Shortcake?s hat.
Nimble fingers massage detoxifying conditioning treatments into scalps, drizzle chocolate treatments onto parched hands, and knead away tension from corporeal landscapes. Red Hots is so focused on pampering guests that it strives to get immediate customer feedback with an online survey that queries, ?Did you find your service to be relaxing and enjoyable?? and ?Should we play more pan-flute music??
The experienced staff at Zone 5 Coffee & Bikes tweaks two-wheeled transporters and helps kick-start your ride with caffeinated drinks. Feel free to grab a coffee—brewed with organic Jittery Joe’s or locally roasted Lucky Goat Coffee beans—or munch on their specialty muffins and assorted breakfast pastries. Coffee isn't the only brew they stock—there's also a rotating selection of six craft beers on hand, such as SweetWater 420, Highlands oatmeal stout, and Bell’s amber ale. As you kick back inside, you can check the weather for your upcoming bike ride on the free WiFi connection.
Back in the repair room, Zone 5’s seasoned technicians work tirelessly to tune-up and fix up bikes. In addition to providing bike maintenance, Zone 5 also has a stable of bikes for sale as well as gooey cinnamon rolls big enough to replace a flat tire.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches, which dining companions can wash down with fruit smoothies.
Andy Reiss, the fellow behind Andrew's Downtown, is a longtime restaurateur and ardent advocate of businesses in the city center. The Italian fusion sister of Andrew's Capital Grill & Bar, Andrew's 228 offers small plates and entrees in a classy bistro setting. Chefs here prepare Mediterranean-inspired nibbles, such as calamari and chorizo in red wine, along with decidedly American snacks that include black-eyed pea hummus with potato chips and rock shrimp popcorn with saffron-Old Bay aioli. The meats showcased in the main courses come from sustainable farms and local waters, while much of the produce hails from area fields or Mother Earth's crisper drawer.