Hungry locals are drawn downtown by Vintage 301's tapas-style cuisine. Because dishes are prepared using fresh, locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes seasonally. Recently featured small plates include deep-fried calamari with citrus aioli ($9), apple and chèvre ravioli ($9), and saag dip, a savory plate where pita chips are positioned for dredging through a landscape of puréed spinach, ginger, and yogurt cheese ($7). Patrons equipped with bigger appetites can find one-stop fulfillment in a large plate, such as the pork-ribs souvlaki, an oregano- and garlic-rubbed pork-rib with zesty lemon potatoes and tzatziki ($18), or the Moroccan fish dish, which serves up spice-rubbed rockfish, orange and olive salad, spinach couscous, and one stamp for your palate's passport ($19). Finish your feast on a sweet note with some vanilla-infused chocolate gnocchi ($6).
The Tap Room delights diners with classic pub fare, including sandwiches ($8.50), salads ($7.95), and wraps ($8.95) served in a cozy atmosphere. Sink incisors into a beefy burger ($8.95), made of cowering patties seeking shelter in the reassuring embrace of a bun-like blanket. Things that seem impossible on an empty stomach, such as drawing a perfect circle, skydiving straight into space, or teaching a pack of wild dogs how to sing the complete soundtrack from Cats, slide into the realm of the certain once you've devoured one of The Tap Room's meals. The neighborhood watering hole is lined in dusky, bottle-bedecked exposed wood and soaring windows. It also features occasional live music and hosts events for a bounty of burger-worthy affairs, including NCAA tournament games and holidays. Free WiFi allows diners to check their email and salads to achieve improved connectivity.
The barbecue barons at Fat Dog's Grille & Pub populate a classic pub menu with juicy burgers and dogs, which sear on a grill that stays sizzling past 1 a.m. on most nights. Flocks of tender chicken wings fly in V formations through Fat Dog's original sauces and, like cotton candy, can be served regular or boneless ($5.95 for 8). Fluffy bread hugs a bevy of sandwiches and burgers including a pepper-and-onion-proffering steak and cheese ($7.95) or a black-and-blue burger, a third-pound of hand-packed beef garnished with bacon and blue-cheese crumbles ($6.95). More than 15 toppings embellish dogs–– such as the quarter-pound Black Angus dog ($4.95) and spicy smoked sausage ($5.95)––with enough wardrobe changes to impress the judges of a USDA fashion show.