Belmont dining

It's okay to play with your food at Belmont's enjoyable eateries.

SlappyCakes-HeatherHeatherHeatherviaFlickrUse your creativity to design your own pancakes at Slappy Cakes on Belmont.
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The Belmont neighborhood may not have the flash of downtown or the Pearl, but like they say, it is what’s on the inside that counts. And inside Belmont’s many bars and restaurants, you’ll find dishes, bowls, glasses and mugs filled to the brim with care and craft.

International flair

Nowhere is that more evident than Nostrana, a romantic Italian restaurant that packs them in every day but Sunday for flavorful wood-fired pizzas, rich pasta dishes and expertly mixed cocktails. James Beard Award nominee Cathy Whims’ timeless recipes mix in regional ingredients, like Dungeness crab bruschetta and pancetta-wrapped goat from local farms.

Chef Katy Millard of Coquine draws on her experience at five Michelin-starred French restaurants to craft spectacular seasonal plates, such as black futsu squash or brioche shrimp toast.

Fun for all

Belmont’s serious food scene gets a silly twist with Slappy Cakes, a casual breakfast spot where griddles are built into the tables, so diners can make their own flapjack concoctions. Though there’s usually a line, the fun factor makes this eatery worth the wait, even with the most impatient of little eaters.

But when it comes to loving people, Crush Bar has it covered. This inclusive lounge is LGBTQ-friendly, with a bar and outdoor seating. A happy hour favorite for people of all stripes, they also serve up brunch and host a bevy of events — from burlesque shows to Madonna-themed dance parties, what’s not to love?

Burgers and brews

If you’re craving a burger, the menu at Dick’s Kitchen has the answer for carnivores and vegetarians alike. Whipping up healthy versions of diner food, this squeaky-clean greasy spoon attracts “paleo” diners with locally sourced meats like venison and buffalo, while their vegan sides and portobello burgers work for the veggies in your group. Pair your pick with an order of sweet-potato fries and a cocktail milkshake and you’ll be in heaven.

For the love of beer, the Horse Brass Pub has you covered with an exhaustive list of drafts and bottles from around the world. This dark, cozy, English-style pub is a great place to catch up with friends over pints and authentic eats like scotch eggs, steak and kidney pie or beer-battered fish and chips. Pub favorites get a healthy reboot down the street at Sweet Hereafter, where the vegan buffalo sub is a legend even among meat-eaters.

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