R&R Public House regularly rotates the beer offerings on their 13-spigot tap, pouring domestic and international suds that accompany a menu of hearty, yet modern pub grub amid the sounds of televised sports. Grab, slice, or competitively discus-throw a steelhead burger, a third-pound Angus patty ground daily with herbs and spices and topped with sun-dried tomato, capers, and garlic aioli ($10). Otherwise, forks can impale the creamy penne pasta and crispy bacon found swimming in three-cheese blend that souses the broiled mac 'n' cheese dish ($9). To create the cured-meats flatbread dinner, culinarians bake the unleavened masterpiece from scratch before ladling on marinara, topping it with mozzarella, and speckling it with succulent morsels of salami, pepperoni, and a spicy italian sausage ($8). The braised osso bucco lamb shank is cooked in a stout and red-wine reduction before it licentiously poses on a bed of mashed potatoes, looking its best in case any food critics or recipe-magazine agents walk by ($15). Meanwhile, the Randel-family fingersteaks, summoned from Bud Randel's original recipe, sidle up to hand-cut fries and coleslaw ($10).
Health-conscious consumers can seek refuge in Tree City's tempting list of juices and smoothies without sacrificing dessert-like decadence. Keep a bad day at work from overwhelming your stress nodules by bringing a laptop to Tree City, and surf the free WiFi while riding a refreshing wave of Go Orange!, a citrusy soiree of OJ, orange sorbetto, and nonfat frozen vanilla yogurt ("berries and more" smoothies start at $2.99). Power up before hitting and defeating the gym with a protein-packed Triple Berry Blast smoothie, loaded with blueberries, raspberries, cranberry juice, skim milk, nonfat vanilla frozen yogurt, honey, and whey protein ("power up" protein smoothies start at $3.59). Dairy-free, vegan-friendly sips are also available, ranging from simplistic shots of wheatgrass ($1.49 for 1 oz.) to fancy crazy-straw fillers like Gingerwocky juice, a fresh blend of apple juice, carrot, and ginger (juices start at $3.19). An extra dose of health can be added to your frosty treat for free with smoothie supplements such as smart blend, hangover recovery blends, energy-boosters, and more.
Schooners forges a lively, welcoming atmosphere by hosting events throughout the week and employing an outgoing bar staff. General manager Megan Richards appeases neighborhood crowds by tuning the flat-screen and giant projection-screen TVs to football or UFC cage fighting as bartenders fill mugs with one of 25 ice-cold beers to pair with hearty burgers or wraps. Tall windows admit natural light into the roomy, red-walled bar, where diversions take the form of casual billiards showdowns, energetic music from live DJs, or toe-tapping karaoke. During trivia nights, minutiae-masters can claim victory based on their memorization of state capitals and knowledge of Shakespeare's unsuccessful attempts to pen instruction manuals for microwaves.
When you walk into Pinnacle Sports Grill, there’s a good chance your eyes will jump right to the giant video cube looming above a central brick-island bar. It’s a standout in this flat-screen-filled temple of football, baseball, and basketball, a statement that sports should be taken just as seriously as food. Like the athletes onscreen, the gastropub’s menu covers a lot of ground—pork tenderloin sandwiches, brick-oven pizzas, guacamole-bacon burgers, ale-battered fish ‘n’ chips, Kobe meatloaf, and New York–style cheesecake. If you’re brave enough to try Wild Bill’s hot wings—the hottest available—be sure to have one of Pinnacle’s many craft beers or cocktails within easy reach. As guests make pilgrimages to Pinnacle, they rack up points on the restaurant's MVP frequent-diner card, with every dollar spent on food and drink getting them closer to free meals and a chance to learn the secret Pinnacle Sports Grill handshake.