JC's Garden of Eat'n sates cravings for gooey cheese and zesty sauce with a menu of casual Italian dishes. Diners can awaken taste buds by softly nudging them with an alarm clock or by chomping on an array of appetizers, such as fried mushrooms ($4.25) or wings ($7.25 for 10). In the kitchen, cooks fill vacant ovens with the classic cheese pizza ($7 for a 12", $10 for a 16") or supreme, hawaiian, or greek specialty pies ($9.99 for a 12", $12.99 for a 16"). Ladles splash pasta sauce onto bowls of spaghetti ($7.75), which guests can accent with meatballs, chicken parmesan, or veal parmesan ($1.25 each). The eatery also layers Italian flavors onto hot and cold sub sandwiches and slakes parched houseplants with glasses of soda ($1.65) and juice ($1.75).
A family-oriented sports bar, Benchwarmers promotes high-octane spectating with a solid menu and 10 high-definition TVs relaying NFL Sunday Ticket games. Down draft beer from the full bar, and replicate the Olympic logo with house-made onion rings. A bouquet of buffalo shrimp yearns to be dipped into succulent sauce, and the Benchwarmers burger explodes with the flavors of jack cheese and jalapeños, imbued with the bar’s own specially concocted condiment. Sandwich selections, such as the turkey club and the corned-beef-and-swiss Reuben, make a delicious alternative to sandwiching meat between the arms of two embracing sports fans. The roster of events includes free live music, poker tournaments, and underground wrestling broadcasts, and its smoke-free interior promotes all-ages merrymaking with four pool tables and a variety of kid-friendly games.
Though the staff at The Brass Tap take beer very seriously, they've nevertheless turned drinking it into a game. Customers get a single point for each of the pub's 300 craft beers that they try. At certain milestones, they'll receive gift cards or a t-shirt with a new title, all the way from rookie to beer guru?and, if they conquer the challenge three times, they can win the coveted Repeat Offender 900 shirt.
Thankfully, the bar makes it easy to sort through its 300 beers. The menu is divided up into different beer types, which go deeper than the basic delineation of ale vs. lager vs. water that's been dyed amber. Guests can peruse listings of bottled barleywines and porters, or have a resident beer aficionado fill their mug with an imported brew on draft. Beer even permeates the food: the chipotle mustard on the house-baked pretzels is made with pale ale, just as the cheese dip is made with Samuel Adams. All of the burgers, sandwiches, and pretzel pizzas also have recommended drink pairings.
As for entertainment, each Brass Tap books a variety of local bands throughout the week. Trivia and happy hours find regular spots on the schedule, and some locations have outdoor patios and cigars for purchase.