The sound of water burbling in a fountain greets patrons as they enter North India Bar & Grill. Further in, ornate chandeliers dangle from the ceiling, illuminating rows of plush, copper-colored banquettes. On select nights, part of this dining room transforms into a nightclub, where your can down an extra-spicy indian mary or spin around and around in circles before anybody notices you literally have two left feet.
As visitors let loose a few yards away, chefs buzz about the kitchen, pouring honey-cashew cream sauce over tender morsels of lamb and marinating chicken in authentic spices before roasting it in a 900-degree oven. They also concoct a selection of Indian-American fusion recipes including a flatbread wrap loaded with cream cheese and lamb and a tandoori-chicken pizza.
At the Break Room, players grab a cue and maneuver past a foosball table and boxing machine to face off at one of 16 9-foot pool tables. Tunes pump from jukeboxes and LCD televisions readily show the sporting event du jour in a space permeated by free WiFi.
For over 20 years, Austin’s Sanger menu has inspired mouths to stop talking about their screenplay and dive into a hearty waffle breakfast with bacon or sausage and an egg ($6.65), Austin’s classic half-pound burger ($7.45), or an ultra-tender pot-roast platter smothered in gravy and roasted iron cauldrons and served with carrots, onions, and mashed potatoes ($10.45). Hopelessly lost University of Texas students, meanwhile, can find solace in Austin’s Downtown Grill and Sports Bar's menu, starting with the black-bean chili cheese fries ($6.99) or the bacon-, cheese-, and spinach-stuffed mushroom caps ($7.99). After appetizers, carnivorous customers can try out a slow-roasted half chicken ($12.99) or a 12-ounce coffee-rubbed rib-eye steak ($17.99) while seated on a large coffee beanbag chair. In Sanger, slake a terrible thirst with domestic and imported beers along with wines from the local Fresno State, Gibson, and Cedar View wineries. The downtown pub, on the other tentacle, boasts 17 beers on tap and in gilded spittoons scattered throughout the spacious interior.
Awarded the People’s Choice for the Best Sports Bar by The Fresno Bee, World Sports Cafe unites sports fans with a vast selection of hearty pub fare in its unique stadium-seating design. Patrons can browse the colossal menu from the central basketball key bar, pressroom, or upper- and lower-deck seating areas with unobstructed views of more than 30 TVs. Initiate your stomach’s internal shot clock with starters such as the Ready to Rumble wings served with spicy-hot or barbecue sauce ($9.95) or the mini chimmies, a half dozen deep-fried, meat-filled chimichangas ($8.95). The Ringside Reuben, packed with corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing ($8.95), blindsides taste buds, and the Double Overtime burger ($12.95) precariously stacks two half-pound beef patties, american, monterey jack, and cheddar cheese between two buns without a stepladder. An intricate playbook of pizzas offers more than a dozen toppings to cap cheesy spheres, and choice-cut steaks, including the 10-ounce sirloin ($15.95), complement the bar’s frothy bottled beers and brews on tap.
A traditional Irish pub with a robust menu, a full bar, and an outdoor beer garden, Groggs wages a tactical twin strike on hunger and thirst. Patrons can test the waters with Dublin hot wings ($7.95), cordon bleu balls ($3.95), or Irish chips ($1.95) before wildly cannonballing into the deep end of a hearty soup. Options such as the meaty bowl, jammed with cheesesteak filling, grilled pastrami, green onions, and cabbage ($10.95), and the bucket o’ chowder—clam chowder served with Irish chips ($8.95)—come in bread bowls. Named after an old Irish crime-fighting duo, the banger and spuds fights the injustice of hunger with two grilled sausages, whole potatoes, and a slab o’ garlic bread ($9.95), and the German bratwursts served on a French baguette celebrate delicious globalization ($8.95).
The Firkin & Fox sparks sputtering hunger engines with a menu of traditional British edibles and pub grubables. Explore the beer-battered strata of the traditional fish 'n' chips ($9.99 for one piece, $12.99 for two) or the crisped crust of the chicken pot pie, whose edible atmosphere consists of pulled chicken, vegetables, and gravy ($10.99). Bun-centric diners can opt for the Firkin burger, with jack cheese, bacon, and bourbon-chipotle onions ($10.99), or the chili-cheese dog, a beef frank draped in homemade chili and melted cheese ($9.99). For those that enjoy more fermented accompaniment with their meal or live-action chess game, Firkin & Fox offers 16 different beers on tap, such as Hops of Wrath and Boddingtons, and stows a selection of house and premium wines.