If you like steak, you'll like Forbes Mill. It's a very nice steakhouse with great cuts of beef. The sides are pretty good as well. I did have oysters on a half shell as an appetizer and they were very "delicate" (i.e. the small variety). My beef was really good. It's a pricey restaurant, but has a nice atmosphere.
The ravioli at La Villa is delicious! It's fresh and always a treat. I've been going there for years, specifically for the ravioli, but they do have a variety of other Italian foods.
I get all my dry cleaning done at Bret Harte Cleaners. The staff and owners are friendly and they always do a nice job. I always get all my clothing returned, nicely cleaned and never damaged.
I really like Fresh Choice. They have such a large salad bar, as well as several hot items (soups, pizzas, pastas, baked potatoes). There's definitely something for everybody's palate! The kids love the variety. It's also inexpensive. Lastly, it's also clean. They are constantly cleaning up the salad bar area which makes it much more palatable! Go there hungry!
I love REI. You can find just about anything outdoor-related there. We've bought tents and sleeping bags there, as well as other outdoor equipment. However, more recently I've shopped there for clothing and shoes. All the merchandise is high quality, but also can be a little on the pricey side.
PROS: great selection, good quality gear
CONS: a little pricey
Pump It Up is a great place for a kid's party. For the parents, it's hassle free. For kids, there's a variety of jumpy houses and inflatable obstacle courses/activities. It's also nice because they go to one room to jump and play, then they move to another room for more inflatable fun. The break kind of mixes it up a bit for the kids. The best thing is they jump like crazy and sleep well that night!
For fast food, it's OK. It's convenient, fast, consistent quality and the kids like it. If we feel like a hamburger, we normally go elsewhere, but it is close to home!
Although parking is a bear, the theaters are nice. The seats are comfortable and it's relatively clean (for a movie theater). There are several theaters so you always have a lot to choose from, and with many different playing times.
PROS: comfortable seats
My oldest son started Graystone as a 3rd grader. I was a little concerned because he came from a small, private school. However, he had an easy transition because the kids were so friendly. My youngest son is now entering 3rd grade and he loves the school. He's had wonderful teachers. The parent participation is great. There also seems to be very little bullying or fights there. Good kids from a good neighborhood...
La Foret is a restaurant in a beautiful setting. The food is very good and the service is good. We went on a New Year's Eve and I think they had an abbreviated menu. The food was excellent, though. Even though I prefer restaurants with more interesting menus, this restaurant has high-quality contintental cuisine. Definitely nice for special evenings out.