Although it now has more than 430 locations in 28 countries, Hooters wasn’t always welcomed by the public. In fact, when it opened in October 1983 in Clearwater, Florida, the founders of the restaurant were “quickly detained for impersonating restaurateurs,” according to the company's website. But the restaurant was able to prove it was more than just a pretty face—that it was serious about serving tasty American food and frosty brews—and its popularity exploded in the decades to follow.
Amid its beach-themed vibe and flat-screen TVs, Hooters still fuels appetites with original chicken wings, burgers, sandwiches, and fresh salads. Of course, nobody carries those casual eats and icy pitchers better than the Hooters girls. To complement their friendly smiles, their uniforms harken back to the ones the original waitresses wore in 1983: orange hot shorts and white tank tops with the emblematic owl on the front—though that owl has lost its Lionel Richie perm.
Wherever you are in SouthHarbor Waterfront Restaurant and Bar, it's hard to avoid being reminded of San Francisco Bay?the restaurant's big windows and patio both look out on the marina. But a different part of the Pacific has equal sway over the menu: the coastline of the chef's homeland, Peru. (He also spend time at Peruvian gourmet emporium Fresca.) Almost every section of the menu reveals this influence, from ceviches to chimichurri steak to Peruvian-style paella with prawns, clams, mussels, scallops, squid, fish, and, for good measure, pickled onion. Much of the produce and meat come from local farms and organic growers, and all that seafood is harvested in accord with Monterey Bay Aquarium's seafood watch program to protect the ocean's biodiversity and fragile underwater sandcastles.
Boasting more than 2,000 brands of wine, Vineyard Gate provides an Eden for oenophiles as well as an ideal place for tannin tenderfoots to cover acres of unexplored fertility. Venerable vino aficionados help pick out wine that pairs perfectly with each client's palate and lifetime supply of space meals. Vineyard's selection spans both the far ends of the Earth and the budget: for less than $30, sample the crisp, fruity 2007 Sacha Lichine VDP blanc ($9) or the 2006 Waterbrook cabernet sauvignon, with hints of ripe cherry and currant ($21). This Groupon can also go toward a splurge on more swanky spirits such as the 2004 Château de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Burgundy, an elegant elixir with a mouth-coating finish ($106). Vineyard also offers a variety of sparkling wines, roses, champagnes, and half-bottles for the more temperate tippler.
Have you ever chowed down on a skewer of wild boar while cheering your favorite sports team to victory on a big-screen TV? What seems like a fantasy becomes reality at The Third Eye Restaurant & Sports Bar, where Indian cuisine and sports fandom come together in a casual bar setting. The restaurant's food is a serious step up from typical sports-bar fare, with dishes that include braised rabbit and dumplings stuffed with water buffalo. If you're on the fence about what to order, visit during a weekday buffet, when you can select the dishes that most closely resemble your favorite team's colors.
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Before: If pub fare isn’t your thing, try Ecco (322 Lorton Avenue) for upscale seafood dishes, such as sauteed prawns and scallops or cumin-crusted seared ahi tuna.
After: Steelhead closes on the early side, but the party can continue down the street at Barrelhouse (305 California Drive), which serves up craft beer, wine, and specialty cocktails until 2 a.m. every night.
A Grape in the Fog (AGITF) is a wine bar in Pacifica, California, and celebrates the best of coastal living. With a fun and customer-friendly atmosphere, AGITF, is the perfect place to relax with wine either by the glass, flight or by the bottle. We offer craft-style beers and cider. AGITF offers a sharing menu, too.