Every day, the chefs at Cool River Pizza whip up a fresh batch of dough and bake it into pizzas, with gluten-free options available, topped with Real California Cheese and house-made sauce infused with more than seven herbs and spices. Freshly sliced vegetables and gourmet meats also crown specialty pies such as the Cool Ranch chicken, which plays hooky behind the oven to show off its ranch sauce and garlic chicken. To wash down the pies, pasta dishes, and salads, bartenders pour pints and pitchers of brews such as Coors Light, Sam Adams, and Blue Moon as diners watch sports games on large-screen TVs, play Wii on a 100-in. TV screen, hang out on the open patio, or live out fantasies of ancient gladiators' quiet evenings at home with a collection of board games.
Boredom is a foreign concept at Stacked Pickle. From its lengthy and eclectic menu to the games broadcasted on 92-inch projectors, the dynamic eatery provides something for every taste. Diners can bite into one of nine half-pound burgers, wrap their hands around spicy-chicken tacos, or build a castle with their golden-fried fish and chips, all while admiring professional athletes run, jump, and score on one of many 50-inch plasma TVs. On some nights, live bands storm the eatery’s intimate stage, providing a soundtrack to bargoers as they take swigs from a bottle of Blue Moon or gracefully sip a glass of wine. In the warmer seasons, Stacked Pickle opens its doors to nature and encourages patrons to enjoy their meals and drinks on the spacious outdoor patio.
Vienna Frozen Custard has something of a magnetic quality. Out for a summer stroll, individuals often find that their feet have suddenly carried them directly to the ice-cream stand. Whether it’s the 20 different flavors that range from classics such as chocolate to unique treats such as pineapple choco chip, the tasty toppings that go on top, or a mysterious dessert-powered tractor beam that draws people in, Vienna Frozen Custard serves as a refuge during the summer heat. The stand also serves snacks that include nachos, pizza, and hot dogs.
Since human mouth sizes are as diverse as human nationalities, El Bodegon caters to food-holes large and small with a rich menu of small-plate tapas and large-plate feasts. Provoke your bullish appetite by waving a starting round of bite-sized, veggie-friendly Spanish potato omelet slices ($2.50 each); rice-filled blood sausages served on rustic bread ($2.50 per slice); and petite servings of seafood paella with rice, shrimp, mussels, scallops, baby octopus, and saffron calamari ($2.95 per small plate) in front of it. Once you've packed the tabletop with a few empty plates, fill up the remaining space with robust entrees like a dozen steamed mussels in vinaigrette ($9.95), Venezuelan King's Arepas packed with shredded beef and avocado ($5.45), and rustic bocatas (Spanish for "sandwich" and German for "the vague suspicion that your roommate is mooching your shampoo") with Manchego cheese on crusty bread infused with tomatoes and olive oil ($4.95). To keep it properly Spanish without resorting to castanets or artificially heating up the blood with microwaves, pair your repast with some South American wine or homemade Sangria El Bodegon ($5 per glass, $18 pitcher).
With suggestively named hot sauces, brightly colored wall art , and a peculiar enthusiasm for crushed ice, Tijuana Flats aims to provide customers with a fresh and memorable meal that doesn't take itself too seriously. Begin or heavily garnish a meal with chips and a range of handmade salsas, guacamoles, and quesos ($2.29–$3.99), or dive right in to a made-to-order meal customized to your particular proclivities. Most entrees can be prepared with hormone-free pork, beef, chicken, steak, or fresh refried or black free-range beans that have never known an aluminum prison. Crunchy chimichangas ($4.99–$8.59) and crispy quesadillas ($4.89–$6.69) satisfy an unrelenting urge to chomp something beautiful. Standard burritos ($4.69–$8.59) are hand-rolled and stuffed to your specifications, and big bombin' burrito specials ($6.99), such as the blackened-chicken caesar burrito, offer more adventurous options. Finish your meal off with fresh churros ($2.49) or a cookie-dough flauta ($2.89) straight out of your candy-coated dreams.
Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($8), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.50). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).