You can’t shuffle into the touring production of “Wicked” with a seven-layer burrito stuffed down your pants. OK, maybe you can, but the point is we often have to split up the dining and the entertainment. More restaurants, though, seem to be combining both; for example, new hotspot Saffron Cafe just hosted “A Night at the Kasbah” with a six-course meal, live music and belly dancers. So if you’re looking for a little distraction during your dinner — beyond the standard live jazz — here are some places to hit.
- When even JELL-O can’t give you the jiggle you need, try Santorini Greek Kitchen, 1417 Prospect St. The Fountain Square restaurant has belly dancers starting at 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. What better accompaniment to baklava than babes? Info: www.greekkitchen.dine.com.
- Eat the fresh guacamole made tableside, then dance off the calories during Adobo Grill’s Latin Night, every Saturday at the restaurant, 110 E. Washington St. Get a free introductory lesson from Salsa Indy around 10 p.m. and shake it until 3 a.m. with DJ Lucio. Ceviche and tacos are served (not until 3 a.m., but long enough to satisfy).
- Have dinner and a movie at the Cinema Grill, 1289 W. 86th St. The menu includes movie-named favorites, like Gandalf’s Garlic Cheese bread and Raiders of the Lost Artichoke and Spinach Dip. Info: www.cinemagrillonline.net.
- Prowl the buffet, get your seat and catch up on all the Broadway productions you never made it to New York to see at Beef and Boards, 9301 Michigan Road. Right now “Annie” is onstage; info at www.beefandboards.com.