A family restaurant's one thing, but if you're talking about a place that caters specifically to kids the Chuck E Cheese's chain has mastered the art of "fill 'em up and wear 'em down." That goes for kids and parents; you literally have to psyche yourself up for this place, because it's a no-holds-barred assault on the senses with its primary-color playground equipment, grocery store rides, and boardwalk-style video games. Here's the idea: Line the kids up at the deli counter, where sandwiches, salads, and pizzas go for reasonable prices; then sit 'em down in the Show Room, where life-size, Muppet-like characters, including Chuck E himself, entertain the wee ones; then let 'em loose for the next hour or so. For the rides and games, tokens are a must (at $5 for 20), and they sometimes pay off in the form of tickets redeemable for prizes. Service is quick and friendly, the food is good, and the entertainment choices are endless -- all for a not-too-expensive night out. Just one suggestion: Make this a middle-of-the-week treat for the kids. The place is a zoo on Saturday nights.
It's the United Nations of cuisine. Twirl pasta, fork up crepes, slice into steaks, sup on sushi. From South African cuisine at ZAN(Z)BAR to pan-Asian fare at Indigo to New American specialties at Mark's Las Olas, the street for which the last eatery is named pleases most of us most of the time. The only time we hear grumbles, in fact, is when diners can't decide where to go and their beleaguered stomachs start doing the talking.

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