A hearty menu encourages sports fans to nibble between impassioned shouts at Mick Finster's 17 glowing screens. Paler patrons may sunbathe on Mick's beachside patio and interchange sudsy sips from the 13-beer tap (not included in today's deal) with bites of baked Idaho potato skins sprinkled generously with crispy bacon and green onions, and coated in a thick melted layer of Tillamook cheddar ($7.45 for regular). Mick's favorite burger bulges with one pound of grilled sirloin, crunchy lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, and secret sauce, which is carefully crafted by whispering cooks ($11.50). While awaiting a Slam Dunk ground-beef sandwich ($8.75) or a wedge salad ($4.95), guests may shoot stripes and solids on Mick's billiards tables, whose clean green tops seem to celebrate the pub's Celtic roots and mock unwelcome dandelions.
Numbered balls ricochet across the green-felted pool tables at Olympic Billiards during regular open-play sessions and tournaments, their clacks creating a subtle rhythmic soundtrack. When not aiming pool cues or hiring a sheepdog to corral every ball except the eight ball, patrons can test their accuracy at dartboards and their timing at air-hockey tables. While playing, they sip on cocktails such as the incredible hulk, surfer on acid, or oatmeal cookie shot, or choose from 12 domestic, imported, and craft beers on tap. On the food menu, traditional pub bites mingle with Asian dishes such as gyoza, egg rolls, and spicy ramyun noodles.
The chatter that comes from friendly competition has a certain characteristic sound. That pleasant rumble often fills MVP's, where patrons might be battling their way through Halo 4, Tomb Raider, or one of 30 other Xbox 360 Games. Though it is an unorthodox sports bar, it is a sports bar nonetheless, so TVs will still be broadcasting all manner of athletic competitions, from football and baseball games to F1 racing and UFC matches. Netflix on personal Xbox consoles and monitors at tables emphasize that this isn't a typical watering hole, as does the menu, which includes churros with strawberries and drinks with names like "Zombie Killer." Those drinks pour freely during happy hour as well as events that include board-game nights and Super Smash Bros. tournaments.
One of four restaurants in the Neighborhood Grills restaurant group, Lake Forest Bar & Grill emits a warm, welcoming vibe that’s hard to ignore. Part of its charm boils down to its hearty grill food. Items such as bacon and blue-cheese burgers, honey-jalapeño barbecue-pork sandwiches, and 12-ounce steaks are washed down by fresh-squeezed margaritas and plenty of beer. And while the food is no doubt comforting, it’s the grill’s atmosphere that cements its reputation as a neighborhood spot. Soft lighting blankets the casual interior, where convivial chitchat mingles with cheers from the bar as customers root for the Seahawks to beat the 49ers. And when the weather permits, patrons can move the party to the outdoor patio, surrounded by towering trees and the warmth of a center fire-pit fueled by a friendly dragon.
Dinner options at O'Asian Kitchen and Lounge range from simplistic stir-fried snow peas to complex dishes such as the spicy golden Maine lobster that's flavored by dried shrimp, chinese sausage, dried black beans, bread crumbs, and hot pepper. Along with tons of traditional lunch options, the culinary team handcrafts more than 60 dim sum items every day, including chicken feet in black bean sauce and sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves. Imported and domestic beers, traditional and signature cocktails, and rare Asian teas wash down meals, which unfold in a warm, sophisticated space with an attractive dining area, cosmopolitan lounge, and six private rooms. High-end Japanese vodkas are also available, as well as a selection of sake, which pair well with O'Asian's signature wasabi prawns dish.
The owners of The Score Card Bar & Grill take sports very seriously, showing live sporting events on numerous flat-screen TVs and hosting weekly tournaments on five electronic dartboards. Between games of pool or skee-ball, diners can enjoy breakfast dishes served all day, meatloaf sliders, or platters of spicy nachos topped with cheddar-jack cheese, ground beef, salsa, and guacamole. Shelves of glittering bottles illuminate bartenders as they skillfully muddle cocktails and pour draft beers behind an L-shaped bar as guests watch in wonder with widened, O-shaped eyes.
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