High-backed, black leather sectional sofas set the stage for seriously fun lounging at the expansive, sprawling Iris Lounge. The sultrily, dimly lit nightspot features drooping lamps that spill red light across the lounge's four red-felted billiards tables as a weekend DJ spins floor-filling party anthems. Throughout the week, salsa, live jazz, and ladies’ nights entertain patrons who would otherwise keep occupied by luring skunks into the crawlspaces of neighbors’ homes. An exclusive members' only cigar bar offers up vintage scotches for smokers, and a menu offers calamari, crab cakes, and customizable grilled cheeses.
Kraze Burger was founded in 1989, distinguishing itself with its made-from-scratch approach to its burgers. Thirteen years later, visitors still won't find perfectly uniform patties hauled out from freezers, flavorless greens, or fries grown in test tubes. Instead they'll fill their bellies with hand-cut potatoes, made-to-order Angus beef burgers, and salads and sides culled from seasonal, locally sourced produce. Among their wide range of eclectic burgers is the Hawaiian burger, which is topped with a chargrilled pineapple, and their plain-and-simple cheeseburger.
Green-blue lights illuminate the oversized oceanic mural, hitting the paint in such a way that the tropical fish, coral, and whale seem to come to life. The underwater scene—complete with a sunken pirate ship—is the centerpiece of Tara Thai’s dining room, which accompanies décor such as a molded wave that spans the front of the bar, plates painted with colorful fish, and dangling lights fashioned to look like jellyfish.
With the aquatic ambience, you might make the mistake of thinking Tara Thai serves nothing but seafood. But in reality, dishes like fresh mussels with lemongrass and chili sauce are only part of the lineup of traditional Thai dishes. Those traditional offerings include the Chef recommended spicy roasted tofu and honey duck curry, as well as classics like crispy spring rolls which, despite their name, are served year-round.
Since opening their first location in 1996, Robeks' associates and franchise owners across the country have been passionate about the benefits of healthier eating, and what they can do to help guests maintain active and healthy lifestyles, all through portable smoothies. Customers can step up to the counter and order from a menu of fresh, premium ingredients in unique, made-to-order combinations. Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies aims to create innovative ways to reach the daily recommended 9-13 servings of fruits and vegetables without compromising on flavor. Each Robeks Premium Fruit Smoothies location makes a concerted effort to support the neighborhood it resides in, through local organizations, such as Save the Children.
At Koi Asian Bistro, executive chef James Y. Park crafts a pan-Asian fusion menu that integrates fresh, local, and organic ingredients. Park draws from more than 20 years of experience, which includes stints collaborating with the original Iron Chefs in Japan, cooking in South Korean restaurants, and unearthing new seafood recipes in Atlantis. The menu showcases wholesome, flavorful bites such as a honey-butter sweet potato appetizer, monkfish pate, and a spicy tuna vampire roll. Chefs display entrees and sushi rolls in eye-catching arrangements replete with artfully drizzled sauces and unfussy white dishes.:m]]
Chefs at I-Thai Restaurant & Bar lean on the sweetness of shredded mango, the distinctive aromas of kefir lime leaves, and the bright greens, yellows, and reds of spicy thai chili pastes. Inside the dining area, natural light streams in through the windows, flitting through the steam that rises from marinated cornish game hen grilled with spicy sour herb sauce and deep-fried duck crowned with chili sauce and basil leaves. During lunch hours, a buffet near the full bar brims with vegetables, fried rice, and noodles like lyrics written by a hungry musician. The simple black-and-white interior contrasts sharply with the colorful food, letting green papaya and crimson peppers shine.