Voted No. 4 in the Top 10 Birthday Chains for Kid Birthday Parties in 2010 by Parents magazine, Pump It Up pulses with inflatable play sets and actually encourages kids to bounce off the walls. Within the indoor playground, a stalwart staff oversees the neighborhood of bounce houses and air-filled playthings, such as a classic bounce castle and slick inflatable slide that cushions children's heartfelt reenactments of Cool Runnings. Throughout the week, families can pop in for open play, or tote along their own mini entourage for birthday-party packages complete with private rooms and complimentary invites. Parties come as straightforward packages or as themed events that place the birthday child in structured story adventures where they take on the role of a mighty and clever superhero or pirate captain that drank too much saltwater.
With scrumptious baked goods and a tempting lineup of chilled beverages, Cinnabon provides a hearty snack after a long day of shopping, working, or workshopping. Munch on variety of cinnamon-infused treats, from the Cinnabon classic roll, temptingly filled with Cinnabon’s famous Makara cinnamon ($3.49), to the Caramel Pecanbon, topped with a indulgent potpourri of luscious caramel and tasty pecans ($3.99). Take home an assortment of goodies with one of the stores’ Cinnapacks, good for at least four classic rolls or nine minibons ($10.99–$11.99, combo packs add $1, Pecanbons add $2). If your parched lips yearn for a cool beverage, revitalize the taste buds with a Chillatta, a frozen drink available in chocolate mocha, strawberry, strawberry banana, and Tropical Blast ($3.69–$4.39). Caffeine connoisseurs can sip on a cup of Cinnabon’s rich coffee for a satisfying pick-me-up ($1.69–$1.99).
Mancino's Pizza & Grinders mingles scratch-made bread and fresh, savory toppings to forge a warm bouquet of grinders and pizza. Multihued chandeliers hover like nosy rainbows over patrons entranced by the menu's 25 varieties of crusty excellence. The house-specialty italian grinder ($10.60 for an 18" sandwich) stuffs bills of ham, salami, sausage, and mushrooms into a freshly baked Italian wallet, and the crab and seafood grinder dons a seaworthy cheese mantle ($11 for an 18" sandwich). Mancino’s chefs pile the Bob Gregory pizza with steak, mushrooms, and A1 sauce ($11.50 for a 12"), and the taco pizza's onions, olives, and meat spurn crunchy casas for in favor of pillowy soft abodes ($13.95 for a 12"). A selection of more than 20 toppings allows free spirits to decorate dough canvasses ($8.70 for a 12" one-topping pizza) according to the eager prodding of mozzarella-festooned muses.
Transylvania, Romania, may be Dracula's hometown, but it's also the hometown of something much sweeter—chimney cakes. The cylindrical cakes, which were originally baked on hot coals by the area's Hungarian residents, look a little like ribbon wrapped around a spool. To make them, bakers roll special dough by hand into an even strip, and then wrap the dough around a wooden or steel cooking roll. Next, they coat the dough in sugar and bake it. The result is a fully, soft inside and a crispy outside that is quickly coated in sweet toppings while it's still hot.
They used to be made only for special occasions in Romania and Hungary, but they've become quite popular and are slowly spreading across the world. In 1985, when the Chimney Cake Café opened, they officially touched down in Ann Arbor.
In the decades since then, the cafe team has added flair to the traditional pastry. They've started stuffing savory, garlic-and-cheese-covered chimney cakes with fillings such as chicken and feta cheese, and they've improved upon hot coals as their cooking method, upgrading to modern ovens and lasers. They also specialize in chicken and lamb shawarma. However, they still create the popular sweet cakes coated with such toppings as Nutella, Oreos, and coconut.
Though Macy's is primarily known for its clothing and home decor, the renowned department store is just as adept at feeding its customers as it is at fashionably clothing them. Inside the retail haven's many locations, casual eateries welcome shoppers with classic American dishes updated with fresh ingredients. Lighter plates, such as chopped salads and turkey sandwiches, are served up alongside favorites including grilled burgers and Alaskan cod and chips. Hearty, homestyle entrees of oven-baked meatloaf, chicken pot pie, and macaroni and cheese complete the menu.
Bearers of a Taylor golf VIP pass can groom their golf game with a regimen of golf lessons and six rounds of golf at two scenic courses designed by prolific course architect Arthur Hills. Players can bolster their technique before hitting the links with a set of 10 one-hour small-group clinics, where classes no larger than 10 pupils learn how to control their ball flight and bend 9 irons into coat hangers from one of the courses’ resident aces.