Throughout the week, Bounce-N-Around buzzes with activity as kids scramble and jump over the springy landscapes of inflatable bouncers. Arcade games test hand-eye coordination and aptitude at space invading, and electric kiddie rides—such as horses, cars, and helicopters—bob back and forth in their own area. A mini movie theater provides a scaled-down, all-ages cinema experience, complete with tiered seating.
Drawing on 25 years working in prominent Thai restaurants, owners Oddy and sister, Kanchana, have lined Thai Cafe's menu with recipes from their home digs of Bangpoo––a village southeast of Bangkok on the Gulf of Thailand. Striving always to balance the four basic Thai tastes of salty, sweet, sour/bitter, and hot, the duo also instills a precise flavor profile through meticulous knife work. Finely cutting ingredients into smaller pieces ensures seasoning coverage, stir-fry crispness, and an ego boost for the self-conscious baby corns.
Butter-hued walls prepare senses for yellow-, red-, and green-curry dishes insulated with tender morsels of chicken and beef. Skilled sushi artists slice sashimi and form hand rolls from yellowtail and tempura shrimp, and chef specialties dispatch from the kitchen with Thai barbecue, crispy catfish, and roasted duck––many of which have been left to marinate or cook overnight. Thai Cafe also conveniently represents each dish's spice level by placing two red peppers beside hot dishes, three beside Thai hot dishes, and an invisible pepper beside secret-recipe dishes for the eatery's magician clientele.
Instead of rubbing elbows with strangers, diners at Hibachi Xpress enjoy all the speed and flavor of communal hibachi cooking from the comfort of private tables. The locally owned and operated restaurant's expert chefs create high-quality, made-to-order hibachi cuisine and sushi sans showboating, thrusting their savory creations into the spotlight all on their own. Hibachi entrees such as the chicken and mixed vegetables are cooked with teriyaki sauce, fried or white rice, and zucchini and onions ($7.75), and tempura dishes such as the shrimp and vegetables take a dip into the hot-oil hot tub ($8).
Kyoto Japanese Restaurant’s chefs prepare a sprawling menu of authentic Japanese cuisine that includes sushi and steak. Their hibachi dinners whirl together chicken, steak, shrimp, and salmon, along with garden salads, noodles, or fried rice. They also leverage their kitchen skills to make creative selections such as the sunshine roll, a blend of spicy salmon, avocado, white tuna, and tobiko, which must be eaten while wearing tanning goggles. In addition to lunch, dinner, and take-out options, the restaurant also boasts an all-you-can-eat menu that offers a selection of the kitchen's teriyaki, noodles, and sushi rolls.
Blues and reds fill the dining-room walls at Tokyo House Japanese Restaurant, which features a menu of Japanese favorites, including nigiri and maki sushi, many types of noodle dishes, and hibachi entrees. Diners can watch the chefs at work at a sushi bar as they craft special rolls such as the Scary Jerry with mild or spicy yellowtail, tuna, and salmon on top of a crunchy roll with scallop.