The chefs inside Godfather’s Pizza’s kitchen crown Original, Thin, Mozza-Loaded, and Gluten-Free crusts with fistfuls of more than 15 meat and veggie toppings. Predesigned pies simulate the flavors of other foods in configurations such as the Bacon-Cheeseburger Pizza with beef, bacon, cheddar, pickles, and onions. Sandwiches and hot wings round out feasts. In the dining room at some locations, ice clatters cheerily from Coca-Cola Freestyle machines, which dispense more than 100 flavors of soda as well as resumé advice for robot bartenders. Delivery drivers bustle past, filling orders or toting catered fare, and Godfather’s Pizza brims with happy chatter during field trips that introduce students to the pizza-creation process.
Irina’s Restaurant and Bar combines American ingenuity with Russian hardiness in a way not seen since the purchase of Alaska. The eatery’s menu is a melting pot of culinary influences, made evident in the Moscow fillet, a cut of beef stuffed with mushrooms, onions, spinach, and a photograph of Ellis Island. Other examples include Russian pork shashlik skewers or beef stroganoff with Angus beef, peppers, and mushrooms. To wash down meals, the bar—which stretches out across the floor like an elongated wooden horseshoe—is stocked with Russian beers and a lineup of vodkas, served by a trusty barkeep or by your fellow patrons during Immature Bartender Night, held every evening after 9 p.m.
Viva La Bamba's saves flailing tongue buds from edible ennui with its menu of authentic Mexican dishes, specials, and mixed drinks. A combination of tacos, enchiladas, burritos, and vegetarian eats make for steadfast meal mates ($6.25–$7.75), while inventive house specials tantalize palates, such as the Viva La Bamba, a fajita love fest that marries chorizo, shrimp, chicken, and rib-eye steak in delicious matrimony ($12.50). Those looking to sturdy their sea legs sans restrictive sailor suit can choose a pescatarian plate such as the camarones a la diabla, a serving of shrimp piqued with spicy red sauce ($9.50), or the sautéed salmón Viva La Bamba ($9.25).
Elements Salon and Studios' stylist Britni Smith modifies tress hues, highlights hair, trims manes, styles curls, and spray tans. A haircut for men ($25) or women ($35) pares down unruly strands to reveal lustrous locks free of unsightly split ends and nesting finches. Add depth to coifs with face-framing partial highlights ($65), or emit an all-over glow with a set of full highlights ($80). Britni can revive dully hued hair with a color glaze ($30) or an all-over color ($65). Like the sun's rays, Smith has the ability to bronze skin with a spray tan ($40) and tell you when it is high noon. Salon guests can also refresh thirsty follicles with a deep-conditioning treatment ($25) or remove unwanted facial fuzz with a lip or brow wax ($15).
At OverTime guests can dine on more than just traditional sports bar food such as burgers, pizzas, and wings while the game's on. They can also eat slow-cooked ribs each Friday, ribeye steak each Saturday, and birthday cake from home each President's Day. On weekends they can even feast on hash browns, pancakes, and other breakfast dishes until 11 a.m.
Owner Steve Halterman frequently ambles through the bustling dining room at Murphy’s Sports Bar and Grill, an Irish pub he founded more than a decade ago. As he mingles with the crowd, servers fill tables with traditional pub fare, made fresh to order rather than excavated from the fossilized remains traditional pubs. Patrons dig into entrees such as the chicken-fried chicken or the eatery’s signature burger, topped with A1 and bacon. Chefs also bake up specialty pizzas, such as the buffalo chicken pie slathered in spicy wing sauce and loaded with grilled chicken chunks. For a more intimate atmosphere, larger parties can retire from the main area to a private room, where groups of up to 145 can feast or swig pints of lager.