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.
Short Stop Food to Go features a simplified selection of grabbable salads, sandwiches, and daily-made fresh casseroles. Break from a midday dominoes duel for a balsamic salad ($8) with grilled chicken, mozzarella, and tomatoes drizzled with balsamic dressing and nestled on a bed of crisp greens, or boost a beta-carotene-deprived body with a broccoli salad ($7) served with tuna or chicken salad. Customizable sandwich selections allow you to orchestrate a laudable lunch by pairing the filling with the bread of your choice and are offered in half portions ($5) or whole ($7), with the accompaniment of chips or carrots. Nab a scoop of the spicy Mexican tuna salad, loaded with cilantro, onions, and dried red-chili pepper and placed on a soft and fluffy croissant, or pile thin-sliced roast beef onto 12-grain bread for a simple sandwich qualified to satisfy even the most passionate fiber fan.
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.:
Featuring an extensive menu of traditional and innovative Japanese fare, Sushi House creates a dining experience that, according to a 2006 review in D Magazine, "has all the essentials: reliable fish, good technique, and a rapport-ready staff." In addition to fresh and bright rolls bursting with raw tuna and crisp cucumber, the chefs can prepare heartier maki with cores of smoked salmon, fried calamari, or grilled crab meat. For an even more piquant touch, they occasionally add dabs of fiery wasabi sauce or spicy mayonnaise, capable of generating enough heat to make a mannequin sweat.
Qdoba's burrito baristas handcraft a menu of Mexican-inspired cuisine, customizable with a panoply of fresh ingredients. Qdoba's culinary crafters create succulent additions to burritos, tacos, and salads, such as slow-roasted pulled pork, adobo-marinated grilled steak or chicken, and spiced shredded or ground beef, with vegetarian options also available for each dish. Diners can bite through the warm shells of three tacos brimming with grilled chicken, steak, or seasoned beef, or mine for black beans and sweet corn within the taco salad’s crunchy tortilla bowl quarry. A festive burrito dinner allows eaters to customize burritos with add-on ingredients, including three-cheese queso or a creamy, hand-smashed guacamole that's ideal for filling up Queen Elizabeth's diamond-studded guacamole chalice. Warm tortilla soup and its crisper cousin, the tortilla chip, let pairs slurp with camaraderie or construct solid foundations for tortilla-chip houses.