Luxe Beauty Boutique's aesthetics experts go toe-to-toe against body-withering stress with a menu of soothing spa services before sending visitors home with bundles of beauty products and gifts from brand names such as Alora, MD Skincare, and The Art of Shaving. Aestheticians refresh visages and thwart epidermal antagonists with six different facials, and makeup artists gussy up kissers before monumental events, such as weddings and birthday parties. The beauty center's technicians also help clients eschew potentially harmful means of gilding skin—such as suntanning, UV beds, and high-fives from King Midas––by engulfing bodies in a sunless spray-tan formula free of parabens, synthetic fragrance, and preservatives.
The café portion is nestled behind a quaint boutique stocked with gourmet foods, bath wares, and gift baskets, and features a fresh menu of homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches. Soups, like bittersweet square-dance partnerships, are in a state of constant rotation, and fresh-made sandwiches are served on a choice of four breads. Brian's special chicken salad (citrus-marinated chicken, grapes, pineapples, dried cranberries, celery, onion, and walnuts, $7.95) is a favorite, while the hot ham and pineapple (Jack cheese, bacon, and mayo, melted into hearty pumpernickel, $7.95) is ideal for filling deserted bellies with Hawaiian island eats. Waffling mix-masters will dig the variability of the Rosebud plate ($12.50), which includes three finger sandwiches (choices include: pimento cheese, cucumber cream cheese, egg salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad), a cup of soup, deli salad, fruit salad, and a chocolate truffle. Rosebud also offers six loaded entree selections for the Monday through Friday dinner crowd.
After surviving the Pearl Harbor attack on the USS Arizona while on the ship's bottom deck, Gordon Howard found a new calling on returning home healthy from World War II. In 1952, he and his wife opened the doors to Gordo's, a bistro serving hearty plates of Italian and American cuisine, where Howard and the subsequent owners have warmed guests with mouthwatering fare for the past 59 years. Due to the establishment's remarkable history and fine dining, the state of Texas officially recognizes it as a Treasured Dallas Institution, a title that chefs back up with platefuls of veal picatta or juicy chicken-fried steak.
The interior—split between a vast dining room and a wood-paneled bar and lounge—easily hosts large groups and NFL nights during football season with a buffet and games broadcast on six large screens. The venue also serves up a weekly Sunday brunch buffet, into which patrons frequently toss forks and futilely listen for them to hit the bottom.: