Streets of London Pub harks back to traditional London pubs with ice-cold pints and ample coverage of rugby and soccer. On the menu of hearty English fare, fries in the witness-protection program call themselves "chips" and lay low under toppings such as gravy, cheese and beans, or cheese and bacon, or pair up with fish in a platter of classic fish 'n' chips. The bangers-and-mash meal allows thick, juicy sausages to snuggle up on a hill of mashed potatoes. Along with food, the pub dishes out events; diners can throw back Guinnesses during weekly pub quizzes, compete for everlasting fame during monthly bingo tournaments, or stop in for Pint Night to enjoy pints on the outdoor patio.
Yolo Gyros and Burgers Sports Bar and Lounge doesn't just serve up wings, gyros, mozzarella sticks, and chicken strips?they serve all of them atop mountains of onion rings and fries as part of one entree. The meal is called Kings Feast, and it's designed for six to nine people. The gargantuan culinary challenge is the heartiest among Yolo's hearty dishes, which range from chili-smothered nachos to the four-pound Yolo burger, free for folks who finish it in under one hour. To complement the meals, the bar slings a selection of global wines and beers. And between satisfying mouthfuls of outsized bar food, guests can take in the big game on thirteen 50-inch LED TVs. Local live musicians, meanwhile, take the stage on nights without major sporting events to make up for the lack of referees blowing classic rock melodies into their whistles.
Even before it was a restaurant, the building that houses Brookside Restaurant and Bar was dedicated to the enjoyment of food and drink. It was originally built in 1911 as a guesthouse for a local winery, where visitors could sample the local vino, have a hearty, home-cooked meal, and gossip about President Taft’s sultry moustache. Today, the restaurant continues to uplift visitors with home-cooked meals; the menu includes certified Hereford burgers, grilled rib eye, and other American classics. It even has Monday-, Wednesday-, and Friday-night barbecue specials served straight from the smoker.
If Blue Cue doesn't look like a typical pool hall, that's because it isn't. The billiards spot doubles as a restaurant, and nearly everything about it?from the bright blue pool tables to the sleek couches propped against exposed-brick walls?contributes to an atmosphere that's classy and upscale without being pretentious. That atmosphere carries over to a menu of comfort foods headlined by charbroiled burgers, hot dogs, and New York-style pizzas. Pair any of the above with a drink from the bar, such as a draft of seasonal Sierra Nevada or signature blue island punch.
When Primo's Swiss Club in Oak Park closed, its empty building was left to the elements, growing more dilapidated with every year. That is, until the owners of Arthur Henry's Supper Club & Ruby Room stepped in. They painstakingly restored the historic building's interior, exterior, and secret trans-dimensional wormholes, creating an elegant supper club and late-night lounge. The renovation's piece de resistance is a large, communal grill placed in the center of the dining room?here, diners grill their own rib-eyes, filet mignons, and skewers of marinated tenderloin or scallops exactly the way they desire, complete with seasonings. Once the meat is grilled to perfection, diners return to their tables where side salads and slices of house-made garlic bread await.
To help wash down every bite, the bar serves a well curated selection of craft beer and mixes cocktails ranging from classic mint juleps to house creations such as the Dancing Grizzly: a blend of scotch, simple syrup, and fresh orange juice. On many nights, live musicians provide a lively soundtrack to dining and drinking.
Every month, Florez Bar & Grill's bartenders reach for a new bottle of premium tequila to pour tastes for the restaurant's Tequila Tuesdays. Drinkers learn about the difference between a?ejo and reposado tequila and which varieties flavor certain cocktails best. However, that's just a taste of what's available at Florez. Chefs cook up a full menu Mexican classics, from homemade tamales to carnitas tacos and shrimp fajitas, as well as select American dishes, including turkey-club sandwiches at lunch.
The mariachi band that entertains on Friday nights and Sunday mornings also mixes it up: though the ensemble calls themselves "Mariachi Tradicional," they've been known to break out into Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" given the excuse. The mornings are also made special by Florez's breakfast. It's served until 3 p.m. each day for any late risers or confused time travelers, and the Sacramento News & Review named it the Best Under-the-Radar Mexican Brunch in 2013.