Alba's slakes fiery appetites with a refined selection of hearty wheat pastas, savory meats, and wholesome vegetables. Bring lunching stomachs tableside for the noontime special, featuring baked lasagna ($5.95) and a panoply of noodley delights ($5.95), or swan dive into a pool of meats, backstroke through veggies, and snorkel under a layer of cheese with a large Neapolitan pizza ($9.50). Evening eaters can begin exploring the authentic abyss of the dinner menu with an order of tasty fried shrimp lounging on a bed of lettuce ($9.95). Then anchor incisors in the seafaring treasure of linguini with clams, served with a choice of red or white sauce ($11.95), or keep landlubbing tongues onshore with the chicken Diana, sautéed with mushrooms, artichoke heads, garlic, and sherry, and then drizzled with a light pink sauce over spaghetti ($10.95).
At BoomerJack's Grill & Bar, diners feast on spicy and savory dishes, complemented by refreshing drinks and the frequent shouts of cheering sports fans. Appetizers include hand-battered and fried mushrooms, pickles, and the restaurant’s eponymous Boomer chips, freshly sliced jalapeños served with a homemade sauce. Chefs also sculpt a half pound of ground beef into a behemoth of a burger, adorned with aged cheddar or blue cheese crumbles. Lemon pepper or Cajun seasoning spices up a fillet of farm-raised catfish, while grilled peppers and onions top Ray’s sizzling sausage sandwich made from ground filet mignon and pork.
Raekwon, whose quest for hip-hop immortality led him on sonic adventures with the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, headlines the 2012 edition of the St. Patrick’s Day Block Party at Robinson Street. His rhymes mingle with sounds from the party’s other musical guests, which include Pitchfork darling Cults, Supernatural, and JD Era. As their ears take in the amplified sounds emanating from three outdoor performance spaces, guests can fill mouths with snacks from food trucks such as Tacoholics instead of showing St. Patrick’s pride by eating a bag full of grass clippings.
Experienced executive chef L.J. Wiley carefully crafts the Pacific Coast cuisine at Yelapa Playa Mexicana using fresh, authentic ingredients. Chow down on tempura-battered fish tacos ($11.99), crab enchiladas ($14.99), or pineapple ceviche ($9.99) for lunch, or awaken salivary glands with seafood dinner options such as the grouper sangre de maya ($21.99) or the Mexican shrimp and grits ($20.99). Warm, burnt-sienna tables and chairs offset cool blue accents and cushion customers' protoplasms as they feast, and an outdoor patio satisfies fresh-air breathers when the weather’s happy.
The soothing sounds of the saxophone and the call of the trumpet fill the air inside the Red Cat Jazz Café. Several nights a week, artists such as Brian Best and Dean James play on the café's stage, which also hosts boisterous events including the Sunday Jazz Brunch. Open-mic nights let lesser-known acts make a splash, and happy hours and special events encourage artistic expression through words, mixed drinks, and opportunities to complain about coworkers in song.
PourHouse Sports Grill is all about watching sports. The interior dedicates 17 flat-screen TVs to showcasing all major athletic events, and even offers a private business room with theater-style seating and a 12-foot jumbo screen. Alternatively, the outdoor patio, visible through windows that span almost from the floor to the ceiling, invites diners to settle in at wrought-iron tables and gaze upon picturesque views of Unicorn Lake instead of a TV.
Of course, PourHouse's menu offers a food lineup as deep as its TV selection, with a salvo of noshables that pair well with any great game. It starts with buffalo-wing appetizers classed up with one of six levels of spiciness—from a sweet teriyaki to a classic spicy buffalo sauce. Beyond wings, the menu catalogs never-frozen burgers refined with slices of avocado or sautéed mushrooms. PourHouse also serves an original rotisserie-cooked chicken, which, like the loser of a good TV cooking competition, is marinated in olive oil and spiced with a dash of curry.
A comprehensive guide to restaurants, bars and more.