The cooks at Lanesplitter bake up a menu of New York–style pizzas and pocket-like calzones, and bartenders at the three pub locations pour a large selection of microbrews. An army of nearly 30 meaty, veggie, and vegan toppings stands ready to occupy thin neapolitan or thick sicilian crusts in combinations such as the herbivore's spinach, mushrooms, onions, and olives ($23.50 for a 19-inch) or the garbage pie's heaping mélange of spiced meats and crisper-drawer items ($27.50 for a 19-inch). The bar's taps have recently flowed with Racer 5 by Bear Republic, E.J. Phair's doppelbock, and hand-pumped Bombay by Boat IPA from Moonlight Brewing Company. Some locations host art openings, where diners and drinkers may admire photography, paintings, or mosaics made entirely of anchovies.
Have a look at Casa Vino's massive by-the-glass wine list and dinner menu upon entry, minimizing the time needed to order an appetizer such as its classic escargot ($8.50). Have a glass of California barbera from Valley of the Moon ($8) with a choice-cut rib-eye steak (with mushrooms and grilled onions, served with the vegetable of the day and choice of fries, mashed potatoes, or rice pilaf, $23.95), or pair a Russian River pinot noir ($8 glass) with a hearty, herbivore-friendly portabella-mushroom sandwich ($8). For dessert, partner an order of cinnamon flan ($6) with a sparkling glass of Domaine Carneros brut ($13) for a tag team that could best André the Giant.
In 1941, Wilma and Henry Dorsey opened a modest family eatery on the corner of 18th and Market in West Oakland. Over the next four decades, devoted family members transformed the place with a relocation, the addition of a cocktail lounge, and the construction of a beautiful wooden bar. Today, Dorsey family members remain the sole shareholders of a bustling restaurant that celebrates their Texas roots with country-style meals of fried chicken, catfish, gumbo, barbecue ribs, and sweet peach cobbler. A rotating weekly menu makes fresh additions to the slate of hearty, homecooked food with such dishes as chitterlings and smothered steak, while sides of collard greens, yams, and black-eyed peas garnish every dish with Southern panache.
Far more than a mere restaurant, Dorsey's Locker also treats guests to a full bar and lineup of live entertainment. On Sunday nights from 6 p.m until 10 p.m., the restaurant waives a cover charge for live R&B and jazz music. Open mic events each Tuesday show off the hidden talents of friends and neighbors, while Monday, Thursday, and Saturday-night karaoke provides a socially acceptable outlet for singing a love song to a plate of breaded pork chops.
Trapeze Austin’s crew of experienced trapeze and aerial instructors know that the path to sky-high performing begins on the ground. That's why they treat beginners to static aerial arts lessons from the comfort of reliable old terra firma. During these one hour lessons, instructors patiently demonstrate essential trapeze and aerial routines on silks, aerial rope, and the Spanish web, home to a cartoon spider voiced by Antonio Banderas. After students have built up their strength and mastered the nuances of climbing, they can also chase gravity-defying big-top showmanship via exhilarating flying trapeze lessons held at the Stunt Ranch and the SoccerZone. Amidst spacious facilities laden with meticulously maintained circus rigging, instructors guide students through an initial ground lesson to familiarize bodies with swinging mechanics before venturing skyward for a round of closely observed soaring.
The detail-oriented instructors at Art a la Cart take students through each painting step-by-step, showing them how to mix and blend their own colors and build compositions from the background without having to first live among paintings in local art museums. They supervise students in a themed class series as they paint still-life fruit and candies, portray whimsical landscapes, depict parts of the San Francisco skyline, or emulate the style of a classic artist. Groups explore each subject and question its lack of Renaissance cupids in one of five locations, which include wine-cellar tasting rooms, underground wine bars, and a modern minimalist cocktail lounge. Staff members supply all acrylic paints, brushes, and other gear for each class; and though they don't provide any libations, instructors encourage participants to bring or purchase their own drinks.
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