Husband and wife team Ray and Heather Breitwieser opened Raymond’s California Bistro after many years spent in the restaurant biz, stocking up on experience at long-standing, popular restaurants such as The Rusty Pelican and The Yard House. They decided to open shop for themselves to serve hearty and wholesome California and Italian dishes that feature fresh seafood and crisp veggies in a space with, as they put it, an “at-home” feel. Their menu includes pasta dishes such as linguini with clams, grilled rib eye entrees, and Californian salads with poached pears and freshly panned nuggets of gold.
Lamppost Pizza understands its target audience. The pizzeria’s tagline, "for those with a taste for great pizza and sports,” beckons to an easy-going crowd, and then the chefs follow through by serving up creative pies with toppings such as jalapeño, pepperoni, avocado, and fresh garlic as diners watch the game. Specialty pizzas include the four-meat, four-veggie The Whole Nine Yards, as well as the artichoke-spangled Pesto Supreme. Sandwiches are served hot or cold, and the appetizer menu includes more wings than the vision board of a penguin.
Baci Restaurant boasts a diverse, international wine list and a menu teeming with authentic Italian entrees. Savor the creamy finish of risotto alla genovese, where sausage, asparagus, and homemade pesto frolic with italian arborio rice ($19.95). Fresh pasta disobeys lifeguarding advice by stuffing itself with cheese, ham, and mushrooms before swimming in a light cream sauce in the tortellini alla emiliana ($15.95), and the linguine zio alfredo provides lost lobster chunks with a new home composed of spicy tomato sauce, wine, and linguine ($22.95). Gather supertasting superpowers and host a deliciousness summit over the vitello al toscana, veal scaloppini accompanied by parma ham, peas, mushrooms, and a pink brandy-singed sauce ($18.95).
Pouring beer is an art form: glasses need to be titled just so or they’ll fill with foam. Fortunately, it’s a skill that’s easy to learn, especially at Tap House, where brews gush forth from 94 taps. Bartenders decant 60 beers in the main room and pour from 12 taps in the downstairs area. Alternatively, patrons who wish to take a hands-on approach can fill their own glasses at a beer wall with 12 self-pouring taps and at a self-serve 10-tap system on the outdoor patio.
Served at a frosty 29 degrees, beers—from light ales to double IPAs—can complement Tap House’s upscale bar food. As tap masters fill pints, cooks in the kitchen top locally farmed Angus burgers with ingredients such as shredded pork and A1 sauce. They also coat swordfish steaks in garlic lemon butter and flavor ribs with house dry rub and BBQ sauce marinated in citrus wheat beer.
These meals unfold in Tap House's elevated dining room, where more than 50 televisions always stay tuned to the night's biggest sports games, never to the night’s biggest mathematical lectures. Bands and DJs take to the main floor's stage on weekends, when the restaurant also hosts Sunday brunches with bottomless champagne and Budweiser.
The master grillers and stir-fryers of East Winds Asian Cuisine craft a medley of Asian flavors with a menu boasting a variety of Chinese, Japanese, and Thai dishes. Having so many influences and cuisines coming out of one kitchen lets the restaurant please picky palates with dishes such as honey-walnut shrimp, barbecue spareribs, and japanese vegetable curry. The friendly wait staff can make informed wine and sake recommendations and answer questions about dishes or the history of the chopstick versus popsicle-stick pop-art era.
Effortlessly blending upscale good times and a MMA-centric sports bar environment, Ringside Lounge maintains a classy environment equally suited to a delicious meal or to cheering on fights. Low lighting, red leather seating, and a menu of borderline gourmet American fusion cuisine such as the grilled strawberry lime burger lend themselves well to fine dining and quiet drinks. The bar also boasts a massive 100" projector which they use to great effect on fight nights, as well as eight flatscreen TVs which line the bar to broadcast big games and commercials loaded with subliminal messages.