Roots owner and chef Brad Root uses seasonal, natural ingredients to prepare tongue-tapping dishes in an upscale dining environment. Split into three courses, the dinner menu harnesses locally harvested farm products to create deceptively simple dishes. Dive into the first course with Dungeness crab and avocado ($11) topped with vermouth vinaigrette, and then spear a baby-spinach salad with egg, bacon, and cider vinaigrette ($6.95). Main courses inducing mouth-clapping include chicken breast ($16.95) with Yukon Gold potato gnocchi and artichokes, a top-sirloin burger ($11.95) with grilled onions and hand-cut fries, and halibut fish and chips ($14.95) with coleslaw. Roots' lunch menu offers tinier tastes of many of the dinner menu's selections, with crispy fried oysters ($10.95) and a local baby-shrimp salad ($11) summoning sustenance from the world-weary waters of the Pacific. At lunch or at dinner, guests can satisfy grape-teeth with a choice from Roots' impressive list of local and California wines, or sip cocktails from the full bar.
Inn Between Steak House's menu reads like a post-modern love poem to carnivorous comfort food. The roadhouse-style restaurant?complete with a vintage pinball machine and a stage for live music?serves up everything from philly cheesesteak and sausage bites to grilled hot dogs and steak.
All walks of life gather to eat at Main Events Sports Grill, but the chefs make sure they "eat with their eyes" first. Each pub-food staple on the menu gets two things: a creative culinary twist and an artful presentation. Burgers might arrive topped with bacon and a painterly swirl of peanut butter, or they might catch the light with a J?germeister-based glaze. The adult mac 'n' cheese aims for a more abstract landscape, with its hefty portions of penne pasta tossed in spicy parmesan and white cheddar cream, bits of bacon, toasted bread crumbs, and melted blue cheese. More conventional eye-candy can be found on the 10 HDTVs, which broadcast sports and UFC fights.
For those who don't have time to linger over each artfully assembled plate, Main Event hosts what it calls fast lunch on weekdays?quick soups, salads, and sliders that are perfect for those who need to return to work or get back to chasing their runaway lawnmower. Later in the day, Main Event returns to its more relaxed "neighborhood hangout" pace with Happy Hour specials and innovative cocktails poured by talented mixologists.
Executive chef Faith Fiske tops The Atrium Lounge's more than 10 specialty pizzas with both ingredients from classic pepperoni to more unorthodox sunflower seeds. A create-your-own option, nicknamed The Einstein, lets guests craft their own pie from the same 25 sauces, cheeses, meats, and veggies Albert used to write out the theory of relativity on the back of a calzone. Barkeeps complement each slice by mixing signature cocktails from liquors such as Stoli Vanil, blue curacao, and Bombay Sapphire gin. Until 2 a.m. every Monday–Saturday, the lounge keeps the party going with open mic nights, karaoke, live music, and DJs spinning tunes.
Within its recently renovated and refurbished walls, 3 Monkeys Pub & Grill spotlights a menu of hearty sandwiches and appetizers to accessorize frosty beers and TV screens glowing with athletic action. Shareable appetizers kick off chew-a-thons and include the Monster chicken strips, which chefs source from Oklahoma's infamous 100-foot-tall roaster and buddy up with a side of ranch or barbecue sauce ($4.75). The Porky Monkey steak sandwich transfixes stomachs with piles of flame-broiled sirloin, vegetables, and bacon perched atop a warm pub roll ($7.75). While watching a game on one of the eatery's nine TVs or its huge projector, guests can gulp down frothy glasses of Hamm's, Rainer, and Pabst Blue Ribbon ($2 each), or challenge the bar's mixologists to concoct cocktails from a huge range of liquors and mixers ($6+). Visitors can lounge on the outdoor patio year-round courtesy of heating units and 3 Monkey's seasonal contract with the Sun.