Like a camera obscura built around a dinner table, Home Slice Pizza stays forever focused on its cuisine. Within the brick-lined establishment’s kitchen, chefs toss and fire large and extra-large thin-crust pizzas topped with ingredients as classic as pepperoni and anchovies or as original as artichoke hearts, seasoned steak, and A1 sauce. Under this flavor ornamentation lies the pizzas’ true foundation: cheese. Blends of mozzarella, feta, ricotta, cheddar, parmesan, and romano provide a solid base for creative ingredient combinations and add a gooey warmth to every bite. Not content to be confined to pizzas alone, cheese also douses orders of pan-baked cheese bread and supports focaccia subs flecked with herbs and stuffed with hot ham, turkey, bacon, and veggies.
Certified instructor Nicole Losie-Rife shares her passion for yoga practice through healing Hatha classes suitable for yogis of all levels. Novices can master the basics in the 75-minute gentle class, where they practice foundational poses and guided breathing exercises, which can develop stamina, endurance, and bestow A students with Sting-like powers of endurance. Students of all levels can escape the workday cube during 50-minute lunchtime classes that explore standing poses, sun salutations, and balancing sequences. Well-decorated yoga warriors can sweat through 90-minute Vinyasa flows, which focuses on core work, hip openers, and backbends to help students build strength, as well as inversions and arm balances to help impress guests at dinner parties. Each session at Presence culminates with a thorough cooldown and a period of deep relaxation called savasana. Nicole can provide students with modifications and props to ease injuries, accommodate physical limitations, and support students if their joints and muscles feel more Tin Man than unstuffed Scarecrow.
Inside Miss Cue Sports Cafe, guests are greeted with the clatter of pool balls on 22 tables intermingling with the sound of laughter. Between table times, players shore up hand-eye coordination with games of shuffleboard and darts or play shrunken-down versions of sports, such as basketball shootout and foosball.
Sports fans keep one eye on the televisions scattered about the space and the other on the menu of Harry's Hot Dog Hut. The pure vienna beef hot dogs come with innovative toppings such as creamed peas, bacon, baked beans, and a spicy mango chutney made with a house recipe. The full-service bar stands at the ready to concoct libations that wash down dogs better than frosty mugs of mustard.
Diners open Pat & Dandy's eclectic menu before deciding whether they will cut through thick steaks or munch on ribs, seafood, and burgers. Wing appetizers invite dining duos to share 10 chicken morsels coated in a choice of eight sauces, including P & D's sauce which, like a kiss from the tasmanian devil, is both sweet and hot. Entrees include a 16-ounce T-bone steak grilled to order. Barbecue chicken breasts and five bones of the eatery's signature ribs balance out plates, and chefs batter and fry eight butterfly shrimp before shedding a single tear as they flutter away. For lunch, teeth sink into forkless fare such as the Cajun burger's half-pound patty and two slices of bacon. Idling eaters can turn their brain containers toward sporting events shown on 43 TVs lining the casual eatery's walls, or venture out to the patio to nibble eats with a side of sunlight and active listening clouds.
Owner Joe Skaff is well aware that Star Bar and Grille is off the beaten path. He doesn't begrudge its hideaway status, however—it lends the venue an air of exclusive mystique and allows for the two criteria he demanded when planning the place: ample parking and an impressive patio. In the spring, diners can embark past a wall of glass to sit outdoors, snacking on inventive flavored-fare. Their tables might host servings of pulled-pork quesadillas, a seared-tuna salad, or the popular surf 'n' turf tacos: grilled shrimp and flank steak in separate tortillas, divided by yellow rice and black beans.
Inside, a parade of televisions and low-hanging lights glint above the sunken bar. The walls behind them sport contemporary art in the form of undulating red panels, matching the lava-like color of the lamps suspended over nearby booths. These illuminate the weekend crowds drawn by DJ Matt Lewis, who reverberates the space with music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Weekdays, on the other hand, schedule a more relaxed scene of solo artists to supply dinner dates with catchy songs and one-man conga line performances. Star Bar’s ambiance is one of vibrant modernity, with inventive meals to match the crisp decor.