More than 40 years ago, Charlie and Mary Garcia founded El Chaparral Mexican Restaurant to share their culinary heritage with the local community. Though the business has now been passed down to the next generation of the family, the restaurant adheres to the made-fresh recipes of its early days, delighting diners with hearty enchiladas, fresh seafood dishes, and its signature bean soup.
Knife & Fork Gastropub elevates the neighborhood watering hole by adding something most other pubs don't have: the element of surprise. The food, for instance, transcends the traditional roster of burgers and sandwiches to incorporate humanely raised beef that's aged in-house, as well as sustainable seafood and local or organic produce. The result is a decadent burger crowned with tomato confit, candied bacon, gorgonzola, horseradish cream, and arugula, or even chicken 'n' waffles smeared with herb butter, maple syrup, and spicy gravy. Four types of salads add their own veg-friendly edge to the menu, including avocado chop, wedge, cesar, and house.
All these varieties of flavor mirror the gastropub's eclectic entertainments. Amid a sprawling industrial space accented in chrome, 11 HD televisions play sports while guests enjoy games such as foosball, giant Jenga, and darts. Arcade games of Skee-Ball livens crowds, who can implicate each other in the mystery of who threw the wooden ball through Old Man Peterson's window.