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Steelhead Brewing Co.: A User’s Guide

Award-Winning Beer Brewed Onsite | Billiard Room | Extensive Pub Menu | Wood-Fired Pizza

Sample Menu

  • Beer: Bombay Bomber IPA, a citrus-floral brew with a strong hop finish
  • Appetizer: clams steamed in house-brewed Raging Rhino beer, garlic, shallots, and herbs
  • Entree: grilled flank steak served alongside garlic mashed potatoes, onion rings, and vegetables

Where to Sit

  • Check out the adults-only billiards room, where tables for 6, 10, or 22 people can be rented by the hour and include the seating space around the table.
  • During warmer months, the outdoor beer garden offers respite from air-conditioned interiors.

Inside Tips

  • The bar is fully stocked, and beer nonenthusiasts can opt for wine, a signature cocktail, or a handcrafted nonalcoholic spicy root beer.
  • Parties interested in booking a billiards table can call ahead the day of their visit, depending on availability.
  • Check out Steelhead’s first and only other location in Eugene, Oregon.

By the Numbers

  • 1991—the year Steelhead opened
  • 24 medals won by the brewery’s beers at the Great American Beer Festival
  • 4 meats on the signature Steelhead pizza (seasoned ground beef, pepperoni, Black Forest ham, and andouille sausage)

While You’re in the Neighborhood
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.

333 California Drive

Named as a favorite golf range in 2009 by Golf Digest, Mariners Point offers 64 well-manicured practice stalls, including natural grass and a challenging 9-hole, par 3 course. The double-decker driving range features on-site professionals, high-quality range balls, and power tees that automatically tee up the ball. Use the range card to purchase driving ammunition in small ($7 for 60 balls), medium ($11 for 105 balls), or large ($13 for 165 balls) baskets. Golfers receive 10 additional balls for visiting the range before 11 a.m. on weekdays. Clearly defined target greens and easy-to-read yardage markers make for far easier practice than aiming for the blowholes of passing belugas. When it’s game time, players can hit the course for a round of golf. Drivers, putters, and severely confused baseball players are treated to breathtaking San Francisco Bay views from each of the nine greens.

2401 E 3rd Ave
Foster City,

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.

333 Broadway

Each pasta entree at Caprino's Restaurant begins as a mound of fresh dough. From there, chefs turn it into linguine and spaghetti and tuck butternut squash into ravioli pockets. The stuff that goes on top is also house-made, naturally: meatballs, garlic-basil cream, olive-oil/chardonnay sauce.

Pasta may reign supreme, but the menu also holds other hearty entrees, including grilled-to-order rib eye, prosciutto pizza, and chicken marsala. Sunday brunch even departs from this Italian template a bit, adding southwest-inspired dishes and catfish and grits to red-white-and-green-flecked sandwiches and scrambles.

Caprino's handsome, wood-accented dining room is equally welcoming to adults and adults-in-training. There's a full bar and, naturally, a deep wine list, split about evenly between Italy and California. But there's also a kids' menu with fun options such as mini burgers and a "dirty mashed potato" topped with bacon, cheese, and, eventually, tiny fingerprints.

1000 6th Ave.

Sensual and curvy. Bold and powerful. Light and fun. The folks at TasteVin Wine Bar & Bistro aren't describing an ideal mate or the "Who I'd Like to Read the Newspaper With" section of your dating profile?they're describing wine. These descriptions lend a sense of approachability and playfulness, an attitude that pervades the restaurant and bar where the wine is flowing and drinkers of all stripes are welcome. The importance of pairing food and wine is something the servers and bartenders stress. With guidance, diners can select the ideal matches in a host of cheeses, charcuterie, small plates of lamb meatballs or crab cakes, and crispy little tartines topped with warm goat cheese and pears, smoked salmon, or wild mushrooms.

890 Laurel St
San Carlos,

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.

1150 El Camino Real
San Bruno,