Heather and Gary Labbe unveil a passage to bygone eras with the ornately decorated Clipper Merchant Tea House, "a destination that is simply unforgettable," according to Tea Time Magazine. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the home-turned-luncheonette holds up to 40 guests in rooms that, despite brandishing the same elegant woodwork and birth certificates, take on different identities through an assortment of statues, vases, paintings, and knickknacks. Inside the Colonial-themed Hawthorne room, diners toast with more than 80 different teas that swirl around inside each of their cups. Toward the back of the house, the China Room plays host to a couple who can scale the Tower of London's three tiers of tea sandwiches, warm scones, and petite desserts. Antique china, silver, and linens—all of which Heather inherited from her aunt—help whisk visitors further into the depths of grandeur.
It's hard to miss the chunky, red-and-white checkerboard pattern that cover's Goodheart's Pizza Parlor's exterior. And inside, a big black-and-white checkerboard coats the floor while walls pop with a stunning attention-grabbing yellow. So it's easy to see why customers are attracted to the pizzeria, and lucky for them, Goodheart's pizza delivers bold flavors that match the boldness of its decor. Specialty pizzas include the jalapeño-laced Tex-Mex pie, the feta-dotted greek pie, and the pickle-adorned cheeseburger pizza, which features ketchup and mustard in lieu of tomato sauce. Hearty traditional slices abound, too, like the Meat Lovers, vegetarian, and hawaiian, along with hot sub sandwiches and plates of pasta served with meatballs shaped like golf balls.
Open until 1 a.m., Sneaky Pete Billiards riles up the spirit of friendly competition with a variety of different games, including video games, darts, foosball, and billiards atop eight tables. Tournaments are posted on their Facebook page, and leagues take place three nights a week. Patrons of all ages can fuel the competition by diving into hearty dishes such as chili mac or shepherd's pie—a homemade heap of savory ground beef and fresh mashed potatoes that leaves bellies more full than a drill sergeant's swear jar. Guests can also stroll up to the full-service bar and imbibe a selection of 36 bottled beers or variety of cocktails.
Each day, a delivery driver arrives at Blue Burrito Cafe's kitchen, bringing all the fresh produce needed to make an array of Mexican and Southwest cuisine. Then, chefs combine that produce with other fresh ingredients to create everything on their menu from scratch—from traditional Mexican dishes such as tacos, flautas, and enchiladas, to Southwest specialties such as deep-fried chimichangas.
Blue Burrito's team works equally hard at its bar. To complement food, they squeeze fresh juice in order to make six kinds of margaritas, including a spicy concoction with jalapeño-infused tequila and raspberry liqueur.
The chefs at The Dancing Elephant II prepare a large menu of traditional Indian cuisine complete with vegetarian options. Delectable chunks of chicken or lamb swim in spicy curries, mingling with potatoes, spinach, or cashews. Vegetarian specialties include green peas with potatoes or chickpeas and spinach. The restaurant also offers a full bar complete with beers and cocktails.