Beyond the Glory Sports Bar & Grill welcomes broods and boosters to enjoy their classic menu of shareable appetizers and belly-filling burgers. Excited diners flex fingers around fried orders of beer-battered onion rings ($7.25) made with jumbo sweet onions or cheese- and bacon-packed potato skins ($8.25), and ravenous barbershop quartets grease their voice boxes with the Glory sampler platter ($16.95) loaded with hot wings, potato skins, mozzarella sticks, and spicy Santa Fe taquitos. Leaf lovers fork through ruffage-filled salads such as the spinach salad ($9.50) topped with bacon, gorgonzola, dried cranberries, and balsamic vinaigrette or the country fried chicken salad ($10.95) crowned with crisp chicken strips, ranch dressing, and pickled red onions. Each of the seven burgers comes on a ciabatta roll with stylish edible accessories such as the California burger’s avocado and pesto mayonnaise ($12.25) and the Bench Warmer’s beefless black bean patty ($8.95).
The chefs at Flamez Bar & Grill never complain about their jobs not being exciting enough. From breakfast through dinner, they must battle ribbons of fire into submission as they grill sausages, flip half-pound burgers, and blacken chicken to perfection. Though they may suffer a singed eyebrow every now and then, they find solace in the steady stream of regulars who gather around the restaurant’s tables to feast on their signature melts, new york steaks, and pulled-pork sandwiches. The warmth of the kitchen extends to the dining room, where glasses filled with Lagunitas beer clink together and servers pour thick, cold milkshakes over plates of hot wings that have spontaneously caught fire.
Though a typical sports bar’s main draw is usually its arsenal of flat-screen TVs, things run a little differently at Seasons Pizzeria Sports Bar & Grill. Nine 42-inch sportscasting screens do hang from the eatery’s walls, yet the real entertainment comes from the open kitchen, where acclaimed chef Glenn Cybulski hand-tosses thick California–style dough in front of diners' eyes before sliding it into a wood-fired oven imported directly from Italy. The chef cooks up a list of predesigned pies, from a crispy neopolitan to the meat-packed Carne, but also leaves some of the innovation to customers, customizing create-your-own pizzas topped with fixings such as canadian bacon and artichoke hearts. Aside from spinning out the decadent dough, the head chef also lends his talents to hand-pattied burgers, locally caught seafood, and slow-roasted barbecue slathered in homemade sauce and butterfly kisses.
The Flatiron is a stylish sports haven, featuring a vintage aesthetic combined with subtle nods to its sports theme. Antique stools flank a bar that's bedecked with subway tiles, weathered wooden planks, and a retired home and visitors time clock. Flat-screen TVs hang from rustic wood-paneled walls, providing unobstructed views of live sporting events. In one corner of the bar, old-school arcade games, including Street Fighter II, entertain guests during commercial breaks. And in another corner, a mural of sports fans watches over patrons as they eat eclectic bar food such as bacon-wrapped slider hot dogs, root-beer floats, and burgers topped with fried eggs and bacon aioli.
Meridian's seasonal menu draws inspiration from global bar bites made from all-natural and locally grown ingredients. Start with an order of bacon mac ‘n’ cheese with buttered panko ($8) or the almond-breaded cod fingers served with jalapeño tartar sauce ($12). For a refreshing post-triathlon meal, opt for the togarashi ahi-tuna niçoise salad with capers, tomatoes, Humboldt fog, and sesame-orange vinaigrette ($14) or quell carnivorous cravings with an all-natural beef burger served with cheddar or blue cheese ($9). The grilled bangers and mash ($13) will evoke sweet childhood memories of playing hopscotch outside the smoky pubs of Bangladesh and also will serve as a delicious stomach stretcher for a third course of sticky toffee pudding ($6) or a house-made ice-cream sandwich with mocha sauce ($6).
Hardwood columns descend from a vaulted ceiling at Pete’s Tavern, where a menu of pub grub sates sports fans gathered beneath lambent panoplies of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. Twelve beers, including drafts from Lagunitas Brewing Company and Redhook, gush from taps at Pete’s horseshoe-shaped full-service bar, which also irrigates arid cheering sections with signature cocktails and robust reds and whites from local wineries. Overhanging pennants celebrate the nation’s best teams and complement walls covered with photographs of legendary athletes and endangered mascots. These photographs gaze down on plates laden with house-smoked barbecue brisket sliders and eight grass-fed half-pound burgers.