Starting tonight, the next 17 days will be filled with spirit of the Summer Olympics games. Track and field, swimming and gymnastics are just some of the anticipated events when the world turns its eyes on London. So sit back and buckle up for the ride. These nine restaurants and bars will keep guests’ gullets full and their parched throats quenched with Olympic-themed goodies during the Summer Games.
1. First Food & Bar
What: Team F.I.R.S.T. created a red, white and blue inspired libation dubbed First Place for the Olympics. The concoction, served during the Summer Games, features Ultimat Vodka, Blue Curacao, Trader's Vic Orgeat Syru, sliced strawberries and a lime.
2. J.C. Wooloughan’s Irish Pub
Where: JW Marriott
What: Sup on $2 beer specials during Olympic soccer matches.
3. Public House
What: Belly up to the bar for the Olympic Trials Beer Flight with beers from four different countries being represented this year in London. The beer flight ranges from a pale ale to a stout and includes a Sierra Nevada (USA), Hoegaarden (Belgium), Franziskaner Heffe (Germany) and Murphy's (Ireland) for $17.
4. Mandarin Oriental Pool
Where: Mandarin Oriental
What: All 302 events from 32 sports streamed will be streamed live on NBC at the poolside Olympic Embassy. The deluxe, themed cabana will offer full coverage of the 2012 London Games and the Pool Café will feature a variety of England-inspired food and beverage dishes to keep visitors in the spirit of the host city. Fish and chips, bangers and mash and bread pudding make the menu.
5. Islands Restaurant
Where: 10810 W. Charleston Blvd.
What: Sip on the I-Shandy for $2.95 through Aug. 12 at lunch to get in the Olympic spirit. The drink combines lemonade, mango and beer.
What: The Medal Menu features a three-course prix fixe menu with optional upgrades for those who want to climb the podium. The Bronze dinner includes a choice of chilled purple potato and leek soup or caramelized onion and Silton tart, followed by surf and turf, braised short rib banger or lobster-stuffed Dover sole with butter whipped King Edward’s potatoes, priced at $79. The Silver menu, available for $99 per person, includes featured wine pairings from Olympic Cellars to complement the Bronze meal. For $109 per person, guests can upgrade to Gold and receive both the Bronze and Silver options along with summer truffles, foie gras and caviar and gold leaf caramelized walnut ice cream bonbon.
7. Carnegie Deli
What: Carnegie Deli dishes up The Olympian in honor of the Summer Olympics coming to London later this month. This dining challenge features a plate loaded with signature dishes including The Woody Allen piled high with corned beef and pastrami and served with a side of My Fair Latkes with sour cream or applesauce and ends with a slice of the restaurant’s famous cheesecake paired with a choice of Dr. Brown’s soda. Anyone who finishes The Olympian in 30 minutes or less will receive a Carnegie Deli shirt and hat as a commemorative trophy to tout their accomplishment and ensure bragging rights.
What: The 11 live-action cooking stations at Cravings plan to feature dishes traditionally found across the Pond in honor of the Summer Olympics in London. Look for Irish back bacon, bubble and squeek made of potato and cabbage, London broil, Yorkshire pudding, Welsh rarebit made with melted cheese served hot over toasted slices of bread and bangers and mash.
9. Hyde Bellagio
What: Catch Olympics fever with early evening screenings of the games and patriotic drinks. Cocktails made especially for the games include the Captain America, made with Corzo Silver Tequila, Cocci Americano, Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth and tonic water to create blue and white layers topped by a red Prickly Pear Cassis Air foam for an American Flag-hued refreshment, and the Gold Medal with Captain Morgan, yellow chartreuse, pineapple and lemon juices and angostura bitters. Gold flakes topped this drink.
The First Place [Photo: First Food & Bar]