During the challenge, teams of two or more individuals will run helter-skelter around the city in a frantic race for cash prizes and personal pride, with a first-place award of $200. Not only will participants have to solve strands of interconnected clues that would test the deductive powers of even the most seasoned consulting detective, they'll need to plot spatiotemporal stratagems while exploring undiscovered corners of the city. Although being physically fit is a plus, quick wits and wise planning will ultimately determine the winners. Participation in the challenge gets contestants a clue packet, race-number bib, and T-shirt, and fees also go toward the appealing prize pool. The website offers a regular FAQ, as well as a Groupon FAQ with further details on the intricacies of the race, what to wear the day of, why it's not okay to bring a boa constrictor, and more.
At Clubhouse, an extensive menu of creative American cuisine awaits amid a captivating collection of 30 high-definition televisions, and even higher definition cocktails. Watch a Sharks game while sinking your own great-white choppers into a plate of sliders forged from USDA Choice ground bison meat, and topped with balsamic onion jam ($11). Green-blooded guests can obviate hunger-based conundrums with the marinated portobello sliders, whose gentle deliciousness can be countered with a specialty Shark Bite cocktail ($10), an aqua-hued concoction of tequila, blue curacao, and Sunshine margarita mix that fills the drinker with the insatiable urge to nibble on Richard Dreyfus. The sleek, luxurious dining area and upscale clientele will have diners feeling that they've been transported into a sexy spy film, without the need to diffuse a pepper bomb before eating it.
When you think about Asian-inspired food, pizza probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. But at Nomikai, such preconceived notions are tossed aside for a menu centered on pies with an Eastern influence loaded with non-traditional ingredients, from teriyaki meatballs and shiitake mushrooms to kimchi, nori, and crispy shallots. Still, they fall in line with the restaurant's mission to serve as a place where friends can come together and bond around easy-to-share food instead of tying all their shoelaces together. Nomikai's cuisine also pairs well with its extensive drink selection, which includes handcrafted cocktails and a variety of Japanese whiskeys and sake. These elixirs are especially handy on Friday and Saturday nights, when live DJs and musicians fill the chic space.
Thanks to its flavorful medley of shredded chicken, rice noodles, herbs, and other fresh ingredients, House of Chu's Chinese chicken salad has garnered quite the following in the San Jose area. In fact, regulars have been stopping by to devour this light, yet satisfying dish since the restaurant first opened its doors in 1982. But this signature salad is far from the only reason to visit?diners also return again and again for MSG-free delicacies such as salt-baked calamari, orange chicken flavored with tangerine peels, and sizzling rice that's served on a steel platter. Another major draw is the spot's retro cocktail lounge, where potent mai tais are the house specialty.
First and foremost, Harry’s Hofbraus is a carvery. Its specialty is roasted turkey, and other buffet options include New York–style pastrami and cured corned beef. But the beer is far from an afterthought. The tucked-away bar’s ridiculously large beer menu features more than 100 rotating brews: 27 on tap and more than 80 bottles and cans, mostly of American origin.
The five HD TVs at Jack’s broadcast basketball, soccer, and hockey, but on Sunday mornings they’re devoted entirely to the NFL. It might be wise to begin with beer (the bar starts showing games as early as 9 a.m.), but good luck avoiding the single-barrel Jack Daniels on tap and the subsequent early-afternoon headache.