The chefs at Mai's Authentic Thai Cuisine plate up a mélange of rice and noodle dishes spiced in five incremental levels of heat. Diners can request their dishes in a spectrum of spice, from one-pepper mild to five-pepper extra extra hot, transforming the casual dining room's freestanding and booth tables into elegant venues for a taste-bud showdown. Coconut milk in the house curries adds creamy sweetness and blessed relief from the heat, while scrambled eggs deliver a dose of protein to a flock of fried-rice preparations. Diners can customize most meals with a choice of vegetables, tofu, meat, or seafood, and free WiFi flows through the air like tom yum soup from a spoon.
As an art gallery, concert venue, and meeting place, The Kewl Beans Cafe provides locals with a place for creativity and conversation over cups of hot coffee. Baristas grind up organic, fair-trade beans daily, transforming the bitter confetti into traditional beverages and uncommon drinks such as frozen mocha madness. Fresh slices of bread from Knickerbocker Baking Co bookend meats and cheeses for made-to-order sandwiches, and Hershey’s premium ice cream piles into sundaes and shakes. During weekend concerts, live musicians play acoustic guitar or accordion as patrons snuggle into comfy chairs and auto-tune performances on free WiFi.
Lebanese cuisine, with its blend of fresh vegetables, spiced meats, and infusions of garlic and olive oil, strikes a happy balance between healthfulness and flavor appeal. The chefs at Bostaan maintain that balance, blending chickpeas, fava beans, and veggies into crispy falafel and charbroiling chicken or lamb to fill savory shawarma wraps. The restaurant's staff also brews Arabic coffee and squeezes fresh juices from oranges, carrots, beets, and radishes, creating healthy blends that add color to cheeks and cultivate desires to sing arias with people at the gas pump.:m]]
Only at Fruit Fantasy could a swan have the tail feathers of a peacock, and only at Fruit Fantasy could those tail feathers actually be made of slices of orange, kiwi, strawberries, and grapes. The artistic designers arrange fruit bouquets and baskets for any occasion, which they craft from ripe eats such as watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, blackberries, and chocolate-dipped strawberries.
After nearly five turbulent decades of perfect-game highs and gutter-ball lows, Pampa Lanes indulges bowlers with open bowling times scheduled seven days a week. Players of all skill levels can don stylish kicks and take to the lanes in search of strikes, spares, and the elusive perfect thumb-hole diameter on one of Pampa's colorful balls. Rolling partners have four full games to satisfy their primal urge to jostle wooden pins and fulfill their weekly high-five quotas.
When he cofounded his first sandwich shop in 1965, 17-year-old Fred DeLuca planned to use his profits to pay his way through medical school. But the combination of quality ingredients and friendly service at the shop?then called Pete's Subway?proved so popular that nine years later, he and his partner found themselves in charge of 16 locations across Connecticut, and Fred left behind his doctoring plans for a career in business.
Today, Subway restaurants number over 34,000 around the world?almost as many shops as there are sightings of Elvis buying cold cuts. At each location, staffers pile sliced ham, marinara-slathered meatballs, and other fillings into halved loaves of bread before customizing handhelds with tomatoes, shredded lettuce, and other healthy toppings plucked from chilled containers behind the counter. Salads free crisp veggies from bread's overprotective embrace, and crunchy baked chips or apple slices accompany entrees to tables. Subway's website also facilitates health-conscious eating by listing each item's nutrition information and fastest mile time online.