The Sandbar's cooks help bring a tropical atmosphere to their landlocked lounge with signature dishes that incorporate Caribbean flavors. Their crab cakes arrive with a citrusy side of key-lime rémoulade and the corn-tortilla nachos get loaded with spicy tuna tartare, fresh avocado, and a sweet soy glaze. In addition to the beachside eats, cooks also smoke pulled pork over apple-wood chips and build sandwiches around hamburger patties, Louisiana-style fried catfish, or jerk chicken breast shaped like the Sandwich Islands. Behind a full bar, staff members mix signature margaritas and mojitos for patrons to nurse as they enjoy open mics, live DJ sets, and karaoke nights scheduled throughout the week.
Since locally crafted microbrews with delicate, complex flavors take years to perfect, and because you're not likely to possess the license required to run a brewery, it's more economical and rewarding to let someone else do it for you. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $25 worth of locally brewed beers and tasty eats at Triumph Brewing Company. Taste the ethereal spectrum of hoppy goodness with friends, and put gourmet fuel in your tank for all-night conversation and heated surgery competitions. If she says yes, she is into you. Also, you are at a Star Wars convention, not a bar, and you probably shouldn’t be drinking.
While the main draw lies in its daily made kettle-boiled bagels, Bagel Junction's menu also features an impressive spread of sandwiches, soups, salads, smoothies, and coffee. Each bagel, like a tasty golden ouroboros, reflects the telltale imperfections of a baked good crafted by a loving human hand rather than a mechanical gargoyle claw. Eat one with a schmear of homemade cream cheese and layer of lox ($3.25) or stacked with turkey, pastrami, corned beef, and all the fixings of a true sandwich ($8.69). A bastion of versatility, Bagel Junction serves sandwiches in panini ($7.99), wrap ($6.99), and hero ($7.50–$14.49) varieties. Breakfast bagel sandwiches ($3.49–$4.49) stuffed with fluffy eggs and gooey cheese pair with piping hot coffee as naturally as Tom Hanks and a French mastiff. Finding endless inspiration in bread dough, Bagel Junction also serves two-person pizza pies ($5.99–$7.99) and a bevy of baked goods, including muffins, cookies, and pretzels. Take your eats to go or pull up to one of the casual café or sidewalk tables and chow down.
The touches of bright blue at Mikonos Restaurant—pendant lights, plaid tablecloths, and chairs—recall the blue and white shades that flourish on Greece's coast. Peppered with photography of the island it's named after, Mikonos strives to offer an authentic Greek experience. The chefs craft dishes based on family recipes passed down through generations, and they import much of their kitchen's stock from Greece—including feta, yogurt, Souroti sparkling mineral water, and the piping-hot flames for the saganaki flambé.
The menu ranges from traditional dishes such as spanakopita, moussaka, and lamb souvlaki to diner-style dishes such as omelets and a burger piled with bacon, Greek parmigiana cheese, and piquillo-smoked-paprika aioli. Since the spot opened in 2011, it's been noticed for its Greek flair. The New York Times praised the grilled octopus as "exceedingly fresh and tender—luscious, really—simply drizzled with olive oil and vinegar," and noted the "affable service at prices that are on the low side." All of this contributes to revelry at the eatery, the chatter of silverware punctuated by glasses of Hope Valley Wine clicking together.