There's no one way to create the perfect hot dog, at least not at Fletch's. Sure, their cooks start with the basic Chicago-style toppings—mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickle, sport peppers, and celery salt—but that's only the foundation. From there, they can add a dollop of chili, sprinkle on cheese, or twist the hot dog like a balloon animal. They top beef, turkey, chicken, or veggie burger patties with your choice of condiments, and, upon customer request, they make cream puffs for dessert. Fletch's menu includes meals for dine-in, delivery, or catering.
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color??which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone?a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, gray, or another neutral color to give the dyes maximum visibility.
Half deli, half coffee shop, and dressed to the nines in sports memorabilia, Smackers was founded in 2014 by a guy who loved sandwiches and was tired of working in the tech industry. After retiring from his job, he opened Smackers and turned it into exactly the kind of place he'd want to hang out in. As it turns out, lots of other people have the same tastes.
Today, Smackers thrives by putting subtle, inventive spins on classic deli sandwiches. The results are glorious to behold: a steamy pulled pork sandwich, a cheesesteak covered in Tapat?o hot sauce, a turkey-bacon sandwich layered with creamy avocado. Aside from the specialty sandwiches, Smackers specializes in hot dogs, gourmet coffee, and hot dogs dipped in gourmet coffee (the last of which is an off-menu creation).
The mouthwatering scent of barbecue smoke is responsible for luring many first-timers into Island Fire BBQ at the Spot, a restaurant located beneath the historic Campbell Water Tower. That savory scent drifts from the eatery's kitchen, where chefs prepare smoked meats, buttermilk fried chicken, and seafood specialties such as barbecued Tomales Bay oysters. But these heaped plates of southern cuisine aren't the only reason to stop by; relax with a beer on the huge outdoor patio, dance it out at the onsite music venue, or partake of the 62 feet of HDTVs that broadcast the big game for sports fans or professional athletes who enjoy watching themselves on television.
Whether it's for an entire wedding or a table for one, Sinbad Specialty Foods’ owner-chef Bob Haddad and his staff create the fresh, plentiful Middle Eastern dishes their diners crave. Both a sit-down bar and grill and specialty catering services call on a menu awash with pillowy pita and creamy hummus to savory kebabs and shawarma. For larger festivities—such as parties, corporate luncheons, and tuxedo T-shirt luncheons—the culinary experts have even been known to roast an entire pig. At the bar and grill, belly dancers entertain the crowds on Friday and Saturday nights, and guests who request it can puff on the aromatic vapors of a traditional hookah.