JJ Brewsky’s Restaurant & Bar keeps stomachs perpetually satisfied with its lunch and dinner menus, which are fit to bust with savory burgers, sandwiches, and pizzas made with local ingredients whenever possible. Silence subterranean hunger grumbles with a handmade pizza ($8.95+) or the taste-bud-tickling trinity of a Brewsky’s Combo—a union of buffalo wings, JJ’s bruschetta, and potato skins ($12.95). The Kobe burger bounds from the kitchen like a condiment-covered ballerina, showcasing a sizzling American Kobe-beef patty nestled beneath melted blue-cheese crumbles and chipotle mayo ($14), and the Frisco burger trumpets a half-pound Angus patty covered with pepperjack cheese, grilled red onions, and 1000 island dressing ($11.95). All burgers and sandwiches come with either coleslaw or a choice of fries, including regular, seasoned, sweet, or sentient.
The culinary maestros at Enoteca Toscana Wine Bistro conduct an opera of Tuscan and Spanish flavors with a menu that serenades mouth-balconies with platters of imported cured meats and cheeses, antipasti, tapas, paninis, and bodega specials that incorporate ingredients from local growers. With a plethora of wines to choose from, moonlit diners can wolf down the four-cheese Toscana panini ($9) while lapping up slashes of chardonnay or a bottle of Paso a Paso tempranillo from La Mancha, Spain. Patrons can stop by on Saturday nights to pair their pours with live jazz, the only form of music able to channel the inner torment of a grape as it is crushed by overwhelming ennui and peasant feet.
Off the Hook Mexican Seafood Grill turns to the ocean for inspiration, substituting salsa for saltwater to create dishes that evoke the Mexican coastline. The seaside breeze that dances across the outdoor patio sets the mood for plates of grilled rockfish, golden-fried prawns, and tacos stuffed with tender lobster and salmon. Similarly, seafood burritos replace the traditional steak and chicken with grilled shrimp and the traditional tortilla with a fried navigational chart.
Ric’s seamlessly blends together the delicious vibe of fine food and drinks with the raucous spirit of a sports bar. Under the brilliant glare of giant TVs, the friendly staff delivers top-shelf service with lunch classics such as Ric’s california burger, a handmade 6 oz. burger outfitted with a blanket of swiss cheese, avocado, grilled onions, sliced jalapeño rings, and chipotle mayo ($10.95). Pizza-provocateurs will assail the bold, smoky flavors of the barbecue-chicken pizza, a round canvas made to burgeon with grilled chicken breast, red onions, and cilantro with KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce ($11.95).