Amid the satisfying clinks of cocktail glasses and the glow of neon lights, patrons at Laurel Station Bar & Grill feast on juicy burgers and steaks, lump crab cakes, and succulent steamed shrimp, all while enjoying the exploits of their favorite sports stars. Over 20 high-definition screens deck the brick walls, broadcasting all Sunday football games and most pay-per-view events, and an enormous projector screen unfolds sporting events and shadow-puppet cage matches in jumbo resolution. Guests belly up to the granite-topped bar for frosty draft beers, or book a private party room to ring in special occasions with good company and hearty pub fare.
For chefs, essential tools typically include the spatula, the knife, and the wooden spoon. At The Double Dipper Ice Cream Parlor & Cafe, the most important tool is the ice-cream scooper. The staff uses it to spoon out its selection of Hershey’s ice cream, which can be enjoyed alone or as the foundation of a milk shake, root-beer float, smoothie, or specialty sundae. The staff also serves coffee and muffins in the morning and roast-beef sandwiches and chili-cheese dogs in the afternoon.
At RG's BBQ Cafe, an experienced BBQ chef loads sandwiches with cuts of pulled pork, barbecue beef, and pit ham or turkey. The kitchen's meat arsenal also includes 6- or 12-piece wings and fried chicken, baby back ribs, lamb shanks, smoked quail, and barbecue chicken. The culinary team also bakes fresh corn bread daily and whips up beans and collard greens.
Hearken the sweet sounds of singer-songwriter Pete Yorn strumming to the rock 'n' roll rhythms of his upbeat, laid-back tunes during his upcoming concert at Rams Head Live!, a venue that plays host to some of the country’s top national, midlevel music acts. Since the release of his debut album in 2001 and hits such as "For Nancy ('Cos It Already Is)" and "Crystal Village", Pete has actively toured with the likes of Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and more, garnering a reputation for bearing the voice of an angel and the long, flowing locks of an angel’s unemployed uncle.
Candlelight combines with the warm glow of sconces and chandeliers to illuminate the plush leather chairs and crisply draped tablecloths at Venegas Prime Filet. Completing this picture of fine dining are dishes of filet mignon, pasta with chunks of lobster meat in a white-wine cream sauce, and 32-ounce Aussie Wagyu rib chops ferried by waiters who speak in your choice of accent. As they relax over a glass of wine or sip cocktails, diners should consider following dinner with a caramelized banana split lavished with rum caramel.
Sculptures of simple wooden sailboats glide across the wall behind Sake House's sushi bar, where chefs bend intently over long filets of fresh fish. In front of them in the dining room, tables draped with tidy white tablecloths stand out against the dark, wooden walls, and platters littered with colorful sushi travel on the arms of servers. Behind the bar, bottles of chilled sake wear poetic labels such as "Bamboo Dew", "Soaring Cloud", and "Black River", and at hibachi tables, chefs deftly manipulate their knives across steaks and lobsters or carve their initials into broccoli trees.