The Grande is often booked for weddings thanks to its elegant ballroom, scenic courtyard, and talented staff of chefs and florists. However, the venue also welcomes everyday visitors to a tearoom to partake in the British tradition of parlor teatime. Servers embellish tiered trays with fresh scones and pressed sandwiches with pimiento cheese, braised pork, and other savory ingredients. They also steep leaves of varieties such as oolong or vanilla rooibos in teapots. Guests can dress up in traditional hats and gloves or classic American garb such as prom dresses.
Pizza and pasta headline the menu at Pisano's where, house-made marinara sauce simmers on the stove waiting to smother piles of spaghetti and submerge calzones. At the same time, the kitchen crew tosses dough by hand to craft pizzas that give diners a more authentic taste of New York than licking their televisions when Law & Order is on. Diners can enjoy their meals indoors or on the covered patio where they can warm their toes by the fire pit on chilly nights.
Grand Slam Pizza's resident dough designers crown pies with 17 assorted toppings before baking them into bubbling, cheesy teething toys. Diners can thumb through the menu to test it for potential scratch-and-sniff capabilities and to select one of many specialty pizzas, such as the bacon cheeseburger, a delectable combination of crumbled hamburger, bacon, and mozzarella cheese (16", $14.99). Diners can also craft their own pies (16", $9.99) by mixing toppings ($1.25 each) as diverse as ham, black or green olives, sausage, and mushrooms. An order of 10 hot wings ($5.99) offers warmth to tongues cold from cleaning the freezer, and cinnamon stix with icing ($3.99) ensure that meals end as sweetly as a collision with an ice-cream truck.
The chefs at Chilitos craft a menu of classic Mexican fare from freshly filtered beans, never-frozen veggies, and house-made salsas and chips. A battalion of burritos flies in formation from the kitchen to the plate, arriving with such accouterments as sautéed veggies, rice, sour cream, and meat choices of chargrilled steak and barbecue-chipotle chicken. Challenge mouth capacity with a choice of beef, chicken, steak, and fish tacos in sets of one or two. Diners scale nacho towers while dodging rivers of cheese, tender meat boulders, and beanslides. With a 12-ounces side of house-prepared chips and salsa and access to the chips-and-salsa bar, patrons can play an edible game of Tiddlywinks by flinging bits of cilantro-infused tomato into their opponent's meal and wash down the taste of victory with a soft drink or creamy horchata.