6:00 p.m. Weekdays: Best Pre-Movie Nibble 


On weekdays, it's not hard to find a place at the bar for a stylish, quick snack before the 7:30 show. Just make sure you know when the next feature starts, because after the "couple of bites" you've stopped in for you may need to order a couple more rounds and extend your stay. Fusion is regaining its good reputation thanks to restaurants like Grasshopper, where the chefs travel across a wide swath of Asia and bring back the most interesting souvenirs: ahi takaki with daikon radish sprouts, miso-marinated halibut with soba crepes, or chocolate roulade filled with wattleberry ice cream. If you didn't choose the movie or, better yet, didn't drive, indulge in a square wooden cup from Grasshopper's extensive, captivating sake list.

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