As the first sign that this isn't a typical sushi bar, Kyushu sushi's chefs slice fresh fish before a floral-toned backdrop made from a collage of close-up photos of candles, blossoms, and bamboo stalks. This collage and a large photo of orange-glowing lanterns floating atop twilight-colored water brighten the space. The break from tradition continues with the menu, which changes based on the day's available ingredients and whether aliens have come down to pick up all earth’s broccoli yet. While diners can find teriyaki or katsu dishes, they can also choose from inventive fare, such as monkfish-liver pâte with miso sauce, also known as the foie gras of the sea. The sushi chefs wrap unusual ingredients between layers of seaweed and black and white rice with colorful accents of mint, wasabi, and caviar.
It’s easy to find the party at Aventura Lounge & Grill—just follow the sparks that fly from the necks of bottle-service liquors or the beats pulsing from the DJ booth. Patrons can groove beneath the colorful lights that swirl on the dance floor or relax on a couch in a VIP lounge sectioned off by velvet ropes and a force field visible only to those wearing sunglasses. To fuel up for the night, order dinner from the barbecue-centric menu; apricot-brandy sauce glazes center-cut pork chops, and sides such as corn on the cob or baked sweet potatoes pair with hickory-smoked ribs.
Slinger's Sports Restaurant's head chef, Nick Tokarski, presides over an eclectic menu of casual and upscale fare, filling mouths in a convivial atmosphere illumined by 11 high-definition TVs. For appetizers, dining companions divvy up a dozen steamed littleneck clams simmered with roasted garlic, bacon, and white wine, or prime palates with the zesty Sichuan sauce coating Ray’s spicy shrimp. Built upon a homemade flatbread foundation, the Chef’s pie pizza pairs melty cheeses with tomato sauce, wild mushrooms, red onions, and fresh basil, fostering an ideal avenue for flaunting your outfit’s built-in bib. Dre's burger stacks 8 ounces of Black Angus with guacamole and chipotle mayo and tames tongues with a flavor lasso made of jalapeños and jack and cheddar cheeses. At the Mac Bar, noshers craft macaroni masterpieces from three cheesy styles and a cornucopia of varied toppings, from hard-boiled eggs to meatballs to blackened shrimp.
Pleasant Road Spa is a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation. Within, a team of licensed aestheticians use renowned Dermaologica and Skinceuticals products to perform more than a dozen facial treatments, including specialized services for men and expectant mothers. Adventurous clients can dabble in advanced treatments such as glycolic peels or microdermabrasion, which intensively exfoliates the face to dissolve signs of aging or soreness from a staring contest with a raccoon. Nearby, massage therapists tend to sore muscles and joints with half a dozen therapeutic techniques, while nail techs execute soothing pedicures laced with green-tea and peppermint essential oils. Excessively hirsute guests can get un-hirsuted with an array of waxing services for the face and body.
When owner Joe Barrett bought the former Clifton Beef & Ale House, he had his work cut out for him. But he pooled his extensive restaurant experience to transform the former greasy spoon into its current classy incarnation, Riverside Bar & Grill. The resulting menu features upscale Italian cuisine, such as chicken saltimbocca, penne alla vodka, and shrimp fra diavolo. Bar-side, you can also munch on a margherita pizza or ribeye sandwiches.
Despite the gourmet menu and beautiful decor—sconces and framed art line butterscotch-color walls—the atmosphere is refreshingly laid back. Diners can sip beer and wine as plasma TVs broadcast baseball, football, and extreme competitive stamp collecting.