When a former law-enforcement officer and a former Navy serviceman formed Second Amendment Outfitters in 2009, they aimed to cover all the bases their customers needed, including a firearms training center, retail store, and indoor shooting range in the plans. Once inside the climate-controlled shooting range, targets hanging from automated carriers challenge pistol- and rifle-brandishers to test their shots at six 23-yard-deep shooting lanes. Expert instructors assist inexperienced gunners in mastering pistol and rifle fundamentals during classes, and advanced trigger fingers can acquire name-brand firearms from the facility’s onsite or online shop. Should firearms require repairs or a new Bang! flag, a local gunsmith stops by twice a week to make adjustments and augmentations.
Located on a working timber farm, Amelia Shotgun Sports boasts a sprawling terrain, home to a scenic setting, on which patrons can shoot sporting clays, skeet, trap, or 5-stands. Beginners can rest easy with trained staff instructors, Barbara Martin and Rick Wallace, who teach the basics and safety of handling a shotgun and then cheer them on as they acquire their first moving target. Visitors are invited to test their stance, aim, and focus across their 3 sporting clays courses, a total of 30 stations. Winding through lush forests and fields, each station lets sportsmen hone in on clay targets amid realistic forest hunting conditions. The facility also challenges sportsmen with skeet and trap fields as well as a five-stand field that tests even the most experienced shooters.
Wooded areas filled with abandoned automobiles, empty houses, and overturned barrels might evoke the set of a gritty war movie, except for one detail: they?re all covered in colorful splotches. These are some of the sights on the six unique fields at GTF Paintball, which host colorful mock battles on their expansive outdoor property. Whether participants stage urban combat on The Houses, or take to The Village to engage in fast-paced rounds, they can lose themselves in settings that simulate both real-life battle and pranks played by expressionist painters. No matter what the scenario, GTF places an emphasis on safety by chronographing markers and requiring goggles in all playing areas.
San Jose Mexican Grill touts a lunch and dinner menu of toothsome, tortilla-clad sensations prepared with authentic south-of-the-border flavors. Awaken a passive palate with some spicy queso con jalapeño ($2.99) before mowing down midday hunger with the reigning champion Lunch #1, which includes a taco, chili relleno, guacamole salad, an edible Olympic medal, and refried beans ($5.79). Appetites out for a bigger bite can pluck taste-bud-pleasing plates from the Los Favoritos list, which includes chimichangas ($9.29) and the house specialty Guadalajara with sautéed carne azada and garlic shrimp served beside salad, rice, beans, and a flotilla of flour tortillas ($13.99). Architecturally inclined patrons can dig in to a personal combination platter made from classic contrivances such as chalupas, enchiladas, and more ($7.99 for two items, $8.99 for three), and more laissez-faire fellows will find predetermined feasts that include uber-spicy camarones à la diabla ($11.99) and a variety of strictly veggie dinners ($7.19 each).
Dick’s quickly silences grumbling bellies with a menu of tasty grilled edibles and a tongue-tingling variety of spicy twists. Fried pickles ($4.29), buffalo shrimp ($7.49), or wings in 365 available flavors ($8.99/10) engage mouths as guests wait for the main attraction—half-pound burgers, whose meatslabs are hand-pressed and grilled to order over the heat of omnipresent flame decals. Bacon, swiss, and lettuce enrobe the Squealin' Cheeser burger ($7.59), whereas sautéed mushrooms sit proudly atop the Shroomer burger ($7.59) and a trio of cheddar, american, and jack adorn the Three Cheeser ($7.59). All burgers come with a choice of steak fries or waffle fries and can be sharpened with any of Dick’s 365 sauce blends ($0.59 additional). Before strolling over to the nearby beach to squash sandcastles, diners can clog their molars with chunks of deep-fried Oreos ($3.99), a chocolate tribute to the hamburger and a smooth ending to a spicy ride.
It was a bold idea?opening a restaurant in the midst of the Great Depression. But the founders were truly convinced that if they maintained a clean space with low prices and friendly service, they'd drum up more than enough business to support themselves. And on October 24, 1932, when Krystal's first customer walked out with six Krystals and a cup of coffee for 35 cents, the restaurant's remarkably successful run began.
More than 81 years later, Krystal reigns as one of the oldest fast-food brands in the country. Their namesake creation remains their biggest draw, snack-size burgers topped with diced onion, mustard, and pickle on a soft, square bun. Over the years they've added other hugely popular menu items, including breakfast scramblers and MilkQuakes made from 100% real ice cream. Even after eight decades, enthusiasm from customers has hardly cooled: Krystal gets so much fan mail, the staff have a Krystal Lovers Hall of Fame, for which inductees have their illustrated likeness printed on more than a million burger boxes.