A grinning skull complete with a top hat and monocle, a lucky horseshoe, and weathered playing cards appear prominently above the bar at Ink Eats and Drinks, helping create the vibrant, artistic vibe of a tattoo parlor that the casual American bistro so thoroughly embraces. On the walls, a street-art-inspired mural and numerous other tattoo-style pieces of art add splashes of color to a room marked by blackened brickwork and a gleaming wooden bar.
The chefs mirror the restaurant's energetically creative atmosphere by cooking eclectic American bistro food. Buttermilk-soaked chicken strips with spicy peanut sauce appear alongside orders of cornmeal-dusted fish tacos with corn salsa, as well as jambalaya brimming with salmon, shrimp, kielbasa, and saut?ed vegetables. To accompany this wide range of flavors, the bartenders pour pints of craft beer and pour delicious California wines. They also mix creatively named signature cocktails, such as The Dude, a manly combination of cinnamon whiskey, Kahlua, and cream served over ice cubes created by bare-knuckle boxing an iceberg.
Elsie Lodde grew up on a farm surrounded by her own menagerie. She bottle-fed her first homeless kittens and bunnies at a young age and began bringing home and caring for strays in her free time as an adult. She started working for a national rescue group but grew unhappy with the group's restrictions and decided to rescue dogs on her own. Elsie founded Recycled Pets Norcal to give homeless animals a chance they might not otherwise get in shelters. The entire staff consists of volunteers, who foster many animals in their own homes before finding adoptive families for them in Northern California, vowing to follow up with each adoption to ensure the animals don't return to shelters. The organization also spays or neuters homeless animals and assists dogs' adoptive families with training, food, and transportation to veterinary appointments.