It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse—the hand-crafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-paring suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Nestled within the La Borgata shopping center, Sienna's atmosphere evokes a feeling of Tuscany with its warm earth tones, high ceilings, and heavy stone and wood furnishings. Once settled into plush, damask dining chairs, guests may choose from 11 signature cocktails, including refreshing watermelon-basil martinis and sparkling strawberry cocktails made with real fruit. By the light of four glowing fireplaces, eyes scan Asian-infused dinner plates, including starters such as crab wontons served with pineapple marmalade. When ordering entrees, diners may choose from the restaurant's five pizzas, which crisp in the heat of a wood-fired oven, or steer toward specialty dishes such as short ribs braised in house-brewed Sienna ale and accompanied by parmesan potatoes. The spiced pork tenderloin rests amid black cabbage, butternut-squash tortellini, and persimmon jam, and tender soy-ginger-glazed salmon finds a worthy complement in a crunchy pickled ginger-cucumber salad.
Hosted by the upscale Bistro 33 El Dorado, the 2011 Summer Dance Party shuffles feet with musical stylings by Lovefool. A pop cover band playing exclusively '90s hits, Lovefool awakens dormant running-man moves with unforgotten favorites from the sensorial spectrum of Vanilla Ice, Salt-n-Pepa, Green Day, and The Cardigans. Amphitheater space allows for open-air grooving and long-distance slap-bracelet attempts. Dancers can warm up before the show and take in the restaurant’s full food and drink menu, which sates grumbling tummies with a selection of soups, salads, paninis, and other upscale bistro fare.
The cooks at Sauce’d Pizza & Cocktail House know that the authenticity of a wood-fired pizza can’t be replicated in a standard oven, so they don’t even try. Instead, they heat up their menu’s signature pizzas the old-fashioned way, and, like the architect of the world’s first all-edible skyscraper, top them with surprising fixings such as honey and sliced pears, smoked salmon, or hummus. Paired with the house’s popular mozzarella garlic knots and a tasty cocktail or two, the pizzas evolve into a filling meal best enjoyed alongside live guitar or jazz music.
Executive Chef Heather Zamarripa lures eaters into 36 Handles with a menu rooted in popular pub food staples, most notably fish and chips prepared six different ways. Although the fish and chips, cottage pie, and bangers and mash are the first three dishes on the list of entrees, the menu isn’t strictly English. Heather and her team use many international cooking techniques to build a diverse selection including shrimp scampi with sundried tomatoes, bourbon barbecue hot wings, and pan-seared salmon with whole-grain beurre blanc.
Upon entering 36 Handles, it’s easy to become enamored by the bar’s 32 taps, which gleam colorfully and display the names of macrobrews and craft beers from America and Europe. Newcomers and neighborhood regulars alike open wide for a deluge of pub classics such as Guinness and Boddingtons, as well as more obscure beers such as Anderson Valley’s Oatmeal Stout and Kwak, a strong yet gentle-tasting Belgian pale ale. The selection stays fresh thanks to eight rotating taps and each bartender’s mind-erasing capabilities. While enjoying an ice-cold brew, patrons can also catch the game on nine big-screen televisions.
Relish Burger Bar takes burgers to gourmet levels with toppings such as crispy tobacco onions, goat cheese, and mesclun. Diners can build their own burgers with all-natural Durham Ranch beef or opt for specialty burgers smeared with bleu cheese or sculpted from tender lamb. Twelve draft beers from breweries such as Lost Coast flow through two ice towers, which get the liquid cool enough for human consumption. Bright modern art fills the dining room, and misters keep an outdoor covered patio cool during weekly special events, such as happy hours, trivia nights, and live music.