Start your cruise through Vinnie's menus with the pelagic flavors of one-dozen oysters, blackened and served hot and spicy ($10.99). For diners that are extra-hungry and in need of an odd hat, there's the big combo basket of all of Vinnie's fried delights: crispy oysters, butterfly shrimp, calabash shrimp, and fish fillets ($16.99). Vinnie's original fish sandwich with fries ($9.99) offers a handheld seafood option, not to be confused with the derivative fish sandwich—the chicken club ($8.99). Vinnie's seasoned chefs also put together wraps and entrees such as the shrimp and grits, which fuses ground-corn flavors with ocean-fresh shrimp ($10.99).
A new zombie horde rises, hungry for the packs of humans that flee in a desperate fight to see another day. This isn't a vision of a postapocalyptic future—it happens every fall at the Zombie Run Challenge, an event in which participants dressed as zombies chase down human competitors in a race for both survival and top prizes. After registering, competitors separate into the two factions, each with separate goals. In the course of up to two hours, zombies attempt to turn humans by capturing the flags attached to their belts. The living, in turn, try to complete challenges at four–five checkpoints, taking momentary refuge or healing at outposts scattered throughout the woods. All the while, a group of volunteer mercenaries armed with foam darts hunts down the undead attackers. Before the race begins, the special-effects gurus at Gregory F/X will provide zombie makeup to participants in exchange for a donation—100% of which goes to charity and won't be used to buy the zombies fresh brains at the local deli.
The Comedy Zone tunes giggle-boxes to the sounds of world-renowned comedians who provoke chortles in a traditional standup setting. Check out upcoming acts such as Pat Godwin (June 29–July 2), whose comedy songwriting ranges from absurd ditties such as "Gangsta Folk" to improvised tunes that fly off the cuff and land rhythmically onto his guitar strings. The fiery Grandma Lee (July 6–9) won acclaim on Last Comic Standing, where her quick wit and snide jokes about family and modern life planted her firmly on the vanguard of comedy. A singing, walking, banana-peel-blundering comedian, Todd Yohn has mastered the arts of musical and physical comedy, and entrances audiences with a slow-roasted mix of songs and oddball characters (August 3–6).
A proud sibling restaurant of Bonterra Dining and Wine Room, the recently opened Sunset Grille cultivates a warm, casual atmosphere for noshing on classic cuisine. Its menu brings together pizzas, sandwiches, and entrees in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Sample the four-cheese pizza pie ($11), which arranges mozzarella, fontina, goat, and parmesan cheeses around delectable sun-dried tomatoes and arugula. Starving seafarers may wish to try the pan-seared crab cakes ($9 appetizer, $18 entree), which arrive sidekicked by fennel slaw and Creole mustard aioli for a refreshing condimental synthesis. The house-made french-dip sandwich ($9) comes covered with caramelized onions and provolone cheese, allowing you to hop on a hoagie-roll canoe to accompany your roast beef through a pleasant stream of au jus. All of Sunset's succulent burgers come cooked by a brick oven, and the feisty Spanglish burger ($9) melds fried egg, applewood-smoked bacon, lettuce, and tomato, exemplifying the kitchen's fearless experimentation and proud Spanglian heritage. Today's Groupon is also good for drinks from Sunset's full-service bar, which features an arsenal of beers and wines to wet all varieties of whistle.
To complement all 50 draft beers at Dillinger's Taproom, cooks rose to the epic challenge of designing 50 sandwiches. The results range from The Predator’s meaty medley of pulled pork, hamburger, and bacon to the Roger Rabbit wrap's herbivore-friendly mix of grilled carrots, cucumber, and balsamic vinaigrette. All 50 can even be overstuffed, which is Dillinger’s shorthand for adding fries and slaw onto the sandwich itself. Burgers, flatbreads, and wings round out a menu of bar food classics, which patrons can savor on the patio or amongst the taproom’s 30-plus TVs.