Beyond its bricked entryway, Sarna’s harbors a cornucopia of comfort cuisine, from succulent steak and seafood dishes to home-cooked meals seemingly plucked from Grandma’s stovetop. Smothered in house-made beef gravy, slabs of pot roast temper carnivorous cravings alongside prime rib platters slow roasted in herbs and garlic, which, like an elementary school dance group, may only be served on Friday and Saturday nights. Tuned to local and national sports, a quartet of big screen TVs glint off a full-service bar cast in the lambent glow of the dining room’s flickering fireplaces. Tufted-back booths overlook an outdoor patio, where diners can clink Bloody Marys and enjoy a Sunday brunch as a burbling waterfall trickles to the tune of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Verdant foliage peeks over the stone wall encircling the courtyard, and in the evenings, a crackling fire pit creates a romantic atmosphere for those sipping on any number of daily specials.
The crackerjack cooks at Albert's Grill flip gator patties, build beefy burgers, and hand-cut fries to prepare a thrilling menu of American fare. Choose between a third-pound handmade beef patty topped with fried onions ($6+) or a quarter-pound seasoned alligator patty topped with Albert's creamy mustard sauce ($7.50+) to begin your journey toward tasting a signature burger. The firecracker burger shoots spicy to the taste buds with two slices of pepper jack, spicy sauce, and jalapenos, and includes neutralizers of lettuce and tomato ($7 for beef; $8.50 for gator). The breakfast burger, meanwhile, snoozes in cheese pajamas and bacon slippers, snuggling a blanket of fried egg ($7 for beef; $8.50 for gator). For patty-free fare, point fangs at a crunchy, mustard-fueled shrimp po boy ($6). Cold 1919 draft root beer ($2) with real sugar and vanilla foams directly from the tap into glasses, offering to help rinse away the flavorful tongue glue found within the crispy shell of the deep-fried PB&J garnished with cinnamon, sugar, and white and dark chocolates ($3).
In 1996, the Pro Billiards Tour declared Jimmy Wetch to be the fifth-best billiards player in the world. Now, the pro circulates among the 20 emerald felt plots at Jimmy's Pro Billiards, chatting with fellow billiards enthusiasts. At 9-foot and 7-foot Diamond and Gold Crown tables, players sink colorful spheres, and snooker tables encourage them to yell “snooker” as loud as they can. The staccato snap of the cue against a ball rhythmically fills the 10,000 feet of airy, high-ceilinged space. In the kitchen, the staff slices deli meats and pairs hand-pattied burgers with hand-cut french fries and beers with manually placed bubbles.
As reported by Kassie Petermann of _Sun Newspapers, the current owner of the Columbia Grill & Tavern is working to make a positive impact on the Columbia Heights community. Local resident Lee Aadahl made drastic changes to the restaurant's interior—including new carpet, furnishings, and a refinished bar—and drew up a fresh menu of comforting appetizers and sandwiches inspired by his 38 years in the restaurant industry. Diners can begin with Wisconsin cheese curds or pan-seared steak bites finished with brandy, then follow those with a hand-pattied bacon cheeseburger or chicken sandwich with mushrooms and swiss cheese.
During the daily happy hour, bartenders pour cold glasses of Guinness or Blue Moon while patrons watch sports on 12 flat-screen TVs spread around the restaurant and hidden in one lucky hamburger. The restaurant furthers its community involvement with charitable events, such as a fundraiser for breast-cancer awareness.
Jalsa Indian Fast Food transports diners on an aromatic journey through many regions of India with an authentic menu of traditional street fare. Diners collect several snack-sized dishes, or chaat, to construct an eclectic meal. Use your teeth or a matchbox-sized oil rig to drill into the warm potato core beneath an aloo vada morsel's chickpea-batter crust ($1.35), or free lentils and spicy scents from the interior of a deep-fried kachori ($1.35). Eaters can also opt for a single large entree such as classic chicken tikka masala ($7.99), a creamy curry with rice escorted to tables by brooding paratha bread or a corsage-bearing piece of roti.
At El Burrito Cubano, a family of epicureans funnels three decades of restaurant experience into a menu of build-your-own burritos and classic sandwiches. The clan's Cuban heritage infuses sandwiches stuffed with roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, and pickles, which diners may recognize from the lunch menu of one of their other restaurants, Conga Latin Bistro. Brimming with seafood ceviche, curried tilapia, or shrimp creole, the Burrito Marinero summons maritime flavors as vibrant as Poseidon's party yacht. Tropical beverages such as pineapple-mango smoothies and strawberry-melon punch add a dose of sweetness.