Mammoth portions of sandwiches, comfort fare and classic breakfasts test table strength within the log-cabin interior of Lumberjacks Restaurant. After perusing the lengthy menu, patrons can gaze up at the towering façade of roasted turkey clubs ($8.99), whose three layers of toast house bacon, american cheese, lettuce and tomato. A chili burger ($8.99), topped with cheddar and onions, doffs its uppermost bun to chivalrously greet suiting mouths. A slow-braised post roast with vegetables and gravy ($12.99) assumes its honored position among dinner entrees, arriving at tables with a choice of a side as well as soup or a custom-made lettuce amalgamation from the salad bar.
To support the community both local and global, Matteo's Public infuses it's menu with organic ingredients where possible from local farmers and ranchers and employs sustainable business practices. The napkins are made from recycled paper; the patio garden is chemical-free; and the trash is all composted and then used as feed for free-range irascible muppets. Start off your appetite's scrumptious staycation with brew-battered mushrooms ($7.99), made with the beer of the day, before orally deconstructing a Matteo's pub burger ($13.99), which swipes its half-pound patty locally from Niman Ranch. Matteo's chickpea burger ($9.99) arrives topped with a lemon-dill dressing and is made so close to home that, at some point, it must be encouraged to get a job and move out. For those who don't put much stock in a name, try the Stinky mac 'n' cheese entree ($10.99), which gracefully welcomes chicken or shrimp (add $5) into its crunchy bread crumb and bacon shell.
The words “Colfax Pharmacy” are still printed in big, sky-blue letters on Colfax Greek Bistro’s white-brick façade even though the building, which was built in 1880, is no longer a place to pick up a prescription. Rather, visitors shuffle in to enjoy owner Elan Vitkof’s falafel sandwiches, baklava, greek salads, and gyros made with house-roasted lamb and beef. Classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes are complemented by glasses of Greek wine and beer from Russia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. The café-style eatery boasts exposed-brick walls, couches, and live music and dance acts, making it a great place to enjoy a meal and daydream about someday teaching a horse how to play fetch.
Auburn Breakfast Club is a family-owned eatery that's been serving up fast-breaking meals and lunch fare for 18 years. Post-slumber stomachs will find relief with a breakfast menu served all day long,featuring such succulents as chicken-fried steak and eggs ($9.65) or Joe’s Special, a protein-heavy procession of ground beef, mushrooms, onions, spinach, eggs, and garlic that’s as hearty for humans as it is deadly to vampires ($9.45). Lunch lovers can get amorous with the chef salad, topped with ham, turkey, and hard-boiled egg ($9.95), or soften up with the chicken avocado melt ($8.99). Accentuating their menu of early-bird temptations, the Breakfast Club also makes all their own sausages, and drip $0.10 coffee between 6 a.m. and 7 a.m. every weekday, providing ample excuse to rise and shine with the automatic sprinklers.
The Monkey Cat playfully claims to get its name from an exotic, cat-like jungle animal with piercing green eyes. Although the monkey cat has more in common with a unicorn than a tiger, it’s safe to assume it would enjoy the restaurant’s menu of chicken, pasta, fresh fish, and fine meats.
The chefs prepare bacon-wrapped pork loin, rack of lamb, and 16-ounce rib-eye steaks for dinner and fish tacos and burgers for lunch. Whenever possible, all of the meats arrive from sustainable farms, including hormone-free, organic hamburgers.
If the weather permits, dishes and beverages from the full bar can be eaten on the eatery’s dog-friendly patio amid tiki huts, foliage, and murals of tropical beaches. The bar’s wine list, with more than 30 wines by the glass, adds some refinement to the tropically themed restaurant. The Monkey Cat also sports a private dining room that has its own bar and can seat up to 28 people.
Executive chef and co-owner Ty Rowe uses his years of international culinary experience to craft a well-balanced seasonal menu brimming with locally sourced ingredients and European-bistro-style small plates. Treat palates to rich bites of classic French-style escargot in a garlic-parsley butter ($10), which, like most arrest warrants, is served with or without blue cheese. Oysters recline on the half shell ($3) before the bourbon- and brown-sugar-marinated flat-iron steak arrives, glistening under a layer of blue cheese ($20). Diners can pair an entree of Asian-style short ribs ($21) with a frothy pour from the extensive beer list featuring belgian ales by the bottle ($4+) and international drafts by the pint ($3+), half-yard ($8+), yard ($19+), or metric boot ($19+). The wine list fills glasses with an equally extensive array of more than 50 intoxicating pours.