Roots owner and chef Brad Root uses seasonal, natural ingredients to prepare tongue-tapping dishes in an upscale dining environment. Split into three courses, the dinner menu harnesses locally harvested farm products to create deceptively simple dishes. Dive into the first course with Dungeness crab and avocado ($11) topped with vermouth vinaigrette, and then spear a baby-spinach salad with egg, bacon, and cider vinaigrette ($6.95). Main courses inducing mouth-clapping include chicken breast ($16.95) with Yukon Gold potato gnocchi and artichokes, a top-sirloin burger ($11.95) with grilled onions and hand-cut fries, and halibut fish and chips ($14.95) with coleslaw. Roots' lunch menu offers tinier tastes of many of the dinner menu's selections, with crispy fried oysters ($10.95) and a local baby-shrimp salad ($11) summoning sustenance from the world-weary waters of the Pacific. At lunch or at dinner, guests can satisfy grape-teeth with a choice from Roots' impressive list of local and California wines, or sip cocktails from the full bar.
A Cajun oasis in the Pacific Northwest, Roscoe's publicans serve a rotating, craftsman-forged selection of beers and a simmering kettle of Southern cuisine. Dining duos can plunk themselves down before two Happy Hour–size bowls of homemade chicken and andouille-sausage gumbo at even the most melancholy times and wash them down with a pint of masterfully brewed beer. Although constantly shifting, the beer menu may include such sip collections as the friskily hoppy, pineapple-accented RPM IPA from Boneyard or Pike Brewing's Dry Wit, a summery wheat named for the cutting remarks it makes about noses as it flows into mouths beneath them. Curious thirsts can be quenched with the ineffably tart yet buttery Ichtegem's Grand Cru, and Roscoe's authentic Southern-fare menu lays a sturdy foundation for all-night pool tournaments.
Hawthorne Hophouse’s gleaming silver taps serve as a temporary home for an ever-rotating collection of microbrews and small-batch craft beers brewed throughout the Pacific Northwest. Grab a seat at the bar and swig a dozen 2.5-ounce samples from local and upstart breweries such as Boneyard, Coalition, and Natian. Diners choose between the first dozen or second dozen of the 24 beers on tap, signing up their tongues for sweeping snippets of porters, IPAs, and ales. With two Groupons allowed per table, beersplorers can take the flight with a spirited co-pilot who can help them to detect fruit notes, offer contrasting critiques, and determine the ratio of international bittering units to raised eyebrows. Between samples, diners cleanse palates with a large plate of poutine—a spread of fresh-cut fries awash in vegetarian gravy and cheddar curds. Alternatively, diners can swap out poutine for a large plate of belgian fries sidekicked by tomato chutney (a $6 value).
Weird Bar's expert tenders serve a delicious selection of sips and snacks to eclectic bar hoppers within a triad of This, That, and The Other taprooms. Trek through the spirits sanctuaries to secure a well drink ($4.25), PBR ($2.50), microbrew ($3.75), or all three for ample ammo in case of surprise drink-offs. Famished refreshment finders can hang fang on a menu of chewables such as the house-made hummus with pita ($4.75) or the succulent Bacon Bleu burger ($6.75). Quadruple P Paninis, packed with the trappings of a pepperoni-provolone pizza, sate carnivorous appetites, while philly cheesesteaks provide stomachs and self-loathing cattle with a dairy-slathered delight ($7.75).
The recently renovated Hollywood Bowl, enchants guests with polished corridors and automated scorekeeping. On Thursday–Saturday nights starting at 9:30 p.m., both locations activate their black lights and ample supply of firefly essence for cosmic bowling, when rollers negotiate tricky splits in a kaleidoscopic environment. At Hollywood Bowl, guests can enjoy burgers and beers at Club Hollywood Sports Bar in the glow of 14 47-inch TVs. Both locations also boast their own arcade room, where players can compete in classic games such as Frogger, skee-ball, and seeing who can carve a marble bust of a Roman emperor the fastest.