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.
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 15 pupils learn how to control their ball flight and bend 9 irons into coat hangers from one of the courses’ resident aces.
Pump It Up's indoor inflatable arena rockets socked striplings high above a pair of inflatable party arenas chock-full of kid-friendly bounce pads. During three fun-filled visits, young whippersnappers can leap around gargantuan, air-filled bounce houses, skip down air-filled slides, and slither like snakes covered in bacon grease through an air-filled obstacle course. Pump It Up’s giant indoor air arenas are climate-controlled and maintained according to rigorous guidelines enforced by the well-trained staff and local police. Parents and guardians jump for free, so childless adults who want to practice their bounce skills will need to win one from a cereal-box contest.
At Secret Recipes Family Dining, Jim Woolford helms an affable staff who serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a sunny, relaxed dining room that caters to families, offering coloring books and toys for the kids. Omelets, breakfast burritos, and pancakes greet the dawn alongside coffee and tea. By suppertime, the kitchen's signature baked meatloaf—slathered in gravy and flanked by mashed potatoes—crowns tables as slices of pie vie for space amid entrees and each table's caddy of sugar and ketchup. Secret Recipes also caters special events with chafing dishes and place settings that serve up buffet-style entrees and a myriad of sides.
Back in the 1950s, Ramond Tejada, Sr. and his dad, Alfred, introduced the town of Taylor to its first taste of Mexican cuisine, serving family-recipe tamales, tacos, and tostadas from a drive-in they called the Matador. Though the original founders are long gone, the family legacy lives on in the restaurant's current incarnation, where the fourth generation of Tejada restaurateurs serve sizzling fajita plates, meaty Texas-style chili, and tapas of mini-tacos and guacamole dip. The menu spans across Mexican and American culinary landscapes, with homey bowls of menudo and breakfasts of chorizo and eggs served alongside beer-battered cod, fried chicken, and 1/3-pound hamburgers. Guests can also revel during weekly special events, such as exhibitions by balloon artist Andrew Grosjean or Monday margarita nights featuring buy-one, get-one half off. Birthday revelers will indulge in shared botana appetizer on their special day along with free fried ice cream if they join the email club.