In a lively atmosphere fueled by live music, the staff at Brickhouse Grille and Tavern pairs a menu of pub-style comfort fare, such as Black Angus burgers and southern-fried dill-pickle chips with draft beers and cocktails from the full bar. Taste buds awaken with one of nine different flavors of jumbo wings ($7.95 for eight) including chili-lime or Venom, a flame-throwing concoction that’s hotter than two dragons dancing the tango. Parcel out slices of the chicken bianco with roasted peppers and alfredo sauce ($12.95), and tuck into the bacon-barbecue cheeseburger's ($8.95) all-natural Black Angus patty doused in a bourbon barbecue sauce and served with Tavern fries. Comfort fare such as the Tavern Angus meatloaf topped with mashed potatoes, green beans, and brown gravy ($10.95) pairs with draft beers such as New Belgium, vanquishing thirst like a knight refilling an office water cooler.
Oscar's Steak and Seafood silences grumbling stomachs with an expansive menu of juicy steaks, sumptuous seafood dishes, and homemade desserts. Formulate entree-eating strategies over a basket of fried green tomatoes ($4.99), or skip to a sizzling 12-ounce New York strip paired with two classic sides such as onion rings, a baked potato, or a piece of kelp shaped like Robert Frost ($16.50). Oscar's chefs pour parmesan cream sauce on pan-seared tilapia and sautéed shrimp in the tasty Creole Catch ($15.99), and join surf 'n' turf by marrying a rib-eye steak, 12–14 ounces, to shrimp, oysters, or scallops, uniting land and sea in their mutual contempt for sky-food such as mashed clouds ($24.99).
Chef George Rasovsky draws upon his Czech heritage and arsenal of European spices to elevate his menu to gourmet realms. His dishes spotlight fresh herbs, organic produce, and top-quality proteins, such as free-range chicken, Atlantic salmon, and filet mignon, as well as rich sauces inspired by French and Mediterranean cuisines. The chef also curates an extensive wine list that includes red, white, and organic selections from Europe, California, and Argentina. This fusion of Southern charm and European elegance extends to the dining room, which occupies a restored historic home outfitted with umber hues, exposed brick, and a dark-mahogany tapas bar.
Inside butter-yellow walls and an array of eclectic contemporary art, Octane Coffee & Cocktails sates meal-seekers and laid-back loungers with light dishes and coffee-laden drinks from its full bar. Espresso enthusiasts can warm stomachs and enliven casual conversations about the state of their periodic-table-of-elements-inspired rock band with a decadent caramelissimo ($3.15–$4.15) or another balmy beverage from the extensive coffee menu. Entire edible excursions from Octane’s lunch and dinner menu can begin with a warm helping of mushroom brie bisque ($3–$4.50), satisfying on its own or with any of a number of fresh sandwiches ($6–$7.50). Gourmet specialties abound, as piquant peppered bacon surrounds sweet scallops alongside sautéed fennel spinach ($14), and peach coulis and southwestern corn merge with the pecan-encrusted chicken ($9). Weekends at Octane hold a special thrill, from the Friday and Saturday evening appetizer menu to a Sunday brunch that’s soundtracked with live music.
Partners II Pizza’s expansive menu bursts like a bag of flour with gourmet pies, over-stuffed calzones, specialty sandwiches, and scrumptious pasta dishes. Guests can strategically arrange toppings such as fresh mushrooms, spinach, pepperoni, and jalapeños ($1.20–$2 each) on a doughy disc ($6.75–$14.50+) for a masterpiece that rivals Dali. Diners can also dig into the potato specialty pizza ($10.50 for small; $18.50 for large), which boasts a sour-cream base layered with bacon, green onions, cheddar cheese, and enough potatoes to starch an astronaut’s uniform. Nonpizza fare includes the Caesar salad wrap ($6.99), chicken parmesan hoagie ($6.29), and lasagna layered in fresh ricotta, mozzarella, and meat sauce ($7.25).
Thai Heaven enraptures palates with a plentiful menu of authentic dishes served in a stylish, exotic setting. Color-coordinate outfits with traditional specialties such as green curry—a spicy concoction of bell peppers, green beans, basil leaves, and bamboo strips—and mild yellow curry, with potatoes and onions ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). The drunken noodle entree—rice noodles fried and stirred with jalapeños, onions, bell peppers, and sweet basil—weaves enticingly around the room before stumbling headfirst into diners’ mouths ($7.74+ lunch, $10.50+ dinner). Thai Heaven's Virginia Avenue location complements cooked fare with a wide-ranging sushi menu, allowing mouths to house fishy inhabitants such as the Super Crunch, tempura topped with smoked salmon and eel sauce ($8.50), the spicy tuna roll ($8.50), or pieces of nigiri and sashimi ($3.95–$6).