It is not just the pastas, sandwiches, and pizzas that keep guests coming back to Pete's Restaurant and Brewhouse and Original Pete's—the handcrafted beers also play a major role, quenching thirsts with flavors ranging from the Uptown blonde’s light layers of honey to the highly hoppy profile of the Skinner’s Horse IPA. Pete’s team keeps meals in balance by offering food-and-beer-pairing suggestions, assuring diners that the Midtown ale harmonizes with fish tacos and that the Old Town red—a malty, medium-bodied amber ale—improves coordination for slam-dunking meatballs.
Whipping up delectable dishes that douse the fiery appetites of any appetite resembling that of a grizzly on fire, Black Bear Diner has served as a favorite eating abode of satisfied patrons since 1995. Homestyle eats are paired with top-notch service to provide an enjoyable dining destination that has spawned more than 40 Black Bear Diner locations nationwide. Large portions are offered on mountainous lunch and dinner menus full of tantalizing, smile-inducing flavors. Try the tri-tip dip sandwich with grilled onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese ($9.49), the slow-cooked pot roast ($9.99), or Bob's big bear burger ($9.99), all of which will give your taste buds something to write home about besides their usual sappy drivel about their girlfriends, your teeth. Additionally, an impressive breakfast menu showcasing items such as the huge Bigfoot chicken-fried steak and eggs ($10.99) is offered all day, ensuring a solid meal for later risers and recovery-dodging egg addicts.
Originally branded as the Top Hat Drive-In, Sonic Drive-In didn’t acquire its nationally recognized name until 1959—six years after its inception in 1953. Today, the franchise operates out of 3,500 locations across the country, making it the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants. Sonic Drive-In specializes in made-to-order American classics, including burgers, hot dogs, milk shakes, and Ford Thunderbolts—which customers order and receive without ever having to leave their cars. Unique menu items include toaster sandwiches stacked on thick slices of texas toast as well as the brand’s signature tots and fresh limeades. Sonic Drive-In’s numerous awards include a 2011 Zagat survey ranking it among the top five fast-food restaurants in three categories: best value menu, best milk shake, and best drive-thru. The benevolent eatery has also donated more than $2 million to public schools throughout the country through Limeades for Learning, which helps to fund educational projects and retirement plans for classroom guinea pigs.
To support the community both local and global, Matteo's Public infuses it's menu with organic ingredients where possible from local farmers and ranchers and employs sustainable business practices. The napkins are made from recycled paper; the patio garden is chemical-free; and the trash is all composted and then used as feed for free-range irascible muppets. Start off your appetite's scrumptious staycation with brew-battered mushrooms ($7.99), made with the beer of the day, before orally deconstructing a Matteo's pub burger ($13.99), which swipes its half-pound patty locally from Niman Ranch. Matteo's chickpea burger ($9.99) arrives topped with a lemon-dill dressing and is made so close to home that, at some point, it must be encouraged to get a job and move out. For those who don't put much stock in a name, try the Stinky mac 'n' cheese entree ($10.99), which gracefully welcomes chicken or shrimp (add $5) into its crunchy bread crumb and bacon shell.
With Schoolhouse Yogurt's six self-serve yogurt stations and 35 topping choices, wannabe confection creators can blend creamy concoctions to their hearts' content. The rotating flavors please picky palates with varieties such as cookies and cream, pomegranate-raspberry sorbet, and classic vanilla. Top a tour de fro-yo at the toppings bar, selecting from sweet and savory dustings, and then allow a staffer to ring up the mighty creation to the generous tune of $0.40 per ounce. Though self-serve yogurt may seem like a self-indulgent, self-serving activity, Schoolhouse Yogurt donates 10 percent of all sweet, sweet proceeds to local schools' classrooms, chalk buckets, and kickball-ball lockers.
The words “Colfax Pharmacy” are still printed in big, sky-blue letters on Colfax Greek Bistro’s white-brick façade even though the building, which was built in 1880, is no longer a place to pick up a prescription. Rather, visitors shuffle in to enjoy owner Elan Vitkof’s falafel sandwiches, baklava, greek salads, and gyros made with house-roasted lamb and beef. Classic Greek and Mediterranean dishes are complemented by glasses of Greek wine and beer from Russia, Germany, Greece, Italy, and Belgium. The café-style eatery boasts exposed-brick walls, couches, and live music and dance acts, making it a great place to enjoy a meal and daydream about someday teaching a horse how to play fetch.