The space was inviting; a cool, modern but rustic. High top, and regular tables filled the dining room near the bar, as well as a really nice oval bar with several taps and ample flat screens, if you wanna catch a game. I really liked the space, it was leaps and bounds better than the bar that previously occupied the same space.
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Cocktails came in large doses, as the drink menu dashes in some old favorites along with some new school mixes. My partner, Courtney, was inclined to go with her standby, a straight-up Old Fashioned. I went with a Hemingway, which was nice modern take on a Paloma or Greyhound. Eureka had a very liquor-centric vibe. The bar was stocked well with bottles far and wide, and they also had a really nice whiskey/bourbon/scotch shelf towards the back.
The apps were the first to come out. We were graced with lobster tacos and Brussels sprouts. The sprouts were the crown jewel of the appetizers — fried and tossed in herb oil and macadamia nuts. A little sweeter than I’m used to, but really tasty nonetheless. The Lobster tacos were fresh and comprised of cabbage, knuckle crab meat, avocado, and saffron crema. Clean, simple and delicious.
Next up were the burgers. Upon glancing at the menu, I noticed the creative array of burgers right away. You can get a loaded jalapeño burger, a bone marrow burger, and even a veggie burger with a beet patty, or a turkey tortilla burger. We were graced with he Jalapeño Egg and the Turkey Tortilla Burger. The Jalapeño Egg’s chipotle sauce and pickled jalapeños made this burger a flavor explosion.
I’m not a big fan of Turkey Burgers, but this one was really good. Chipotle sauce and pickled jalapeños came on this one too, but the avocado and Monterrey Jack was enough to deliver a unique end result. Both burgers came with fries, a straight-up regular batch with the Jalapeño Egg. As for the Turkey Tortilla, we had access to a bevy of sweet potato fries that were tossed in cinnamon and glazed with honey.
In other words, get the sweet potato fries.
Coming through for the first encore was the Napa Chicken Sandwich, which came out with some seriously epic (note, HUGE) onion rings. This sandwich was really cool and different; a thin chicken breast, pancetta, pesto, havarti, and roma tomatoes. I can’t say I’ve had anything quite like it. The chicken and pancetta were rivaled by few.
Encore numero dos came through in the form of a really solid chocolate torte, with locally sourced Dreyers Grand Vanilla Ice Cream. It all came through in the clutch, and was a nice topper to a great meal.
So, if you’re smack in the middle of dirty sixth because your co-worker thought it’d be fun to have their birthday party at a shot bar, and you’re ready to make an exit for a more refined environment, walk a few blocks and check out Eureka! You won’t regret it.
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