Chalkboard menus and sports memorabilia adorn the inside of The Sin Bin Sports Grill, where full lunch, dinner, and brunch menus keep bellies as full as the bar’s event calendar. Sports fans join their ilk beneath 106 inches of projected television screen, and comedy fans take in standup one to two times a week. During lunch and dinner, tapas, blue-cheese-decked strip steaks, and burgers accompany the entertainment; and come midday on weekends, brunchers can sink their teeth into a variety of benedicts: blackened chicken, smoked salmon, and portobello gouda are just a few of the options.
At The Academic Public House, patrons choose from a huge selection of specialty cocktails, whiskies, and craft beers, and peruse a menu of nibbles made from locally sourced meat and organic cheeses and eggs. Crispy pancetta surfs atop the Modern Pub burger’s grass-fed beef patty ($14), and the blackened chicken sandwich’s brioche bun hoists Maple Hill Farms free-run organic chicken, BC farmstead cheddar, and veggies ($14). Reasoning with the Angry mussels ($12) requires a cool head, acquaintance with Robert’s Rules of Order, and an appreciation for thai coconut curry, ginger, and basil. Modern twists settle themselves in brunch favourites such as short-rib hash ($14) and late-night treats.
The internationally-intriguing SNS Lounge & Grill (standing for "Shakin' Not Stirred") boasts an extensive menu of upscale casual fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Peruse SNS's tapas menu for shareable starters, with crispy spicy calamari ($11), served with an Asian soy-miran dipping sauce, and slow-braised barbecue pulled pork on toasted baguettes ($12) satisfying any lothario's lunching desires. Entreewise, mini lamb burgers ($15), with veggies and mint relish, and the chicken and chorizo penne ($16), smothered in a spicy roasted-tomato and red-pepper sauce, offer enticing options for the suspiciously dapper diner with the golden eye, while the Alberta beef tenderloin ($20), grilled and served with a rich blue-cheese cream sauce, herb-roasted potatoes, roasted garlic, and seasonal vegetables, promises to lull even the most discerning carnivore into a cocoon of beef-induced snuggliness.