By Janelle Bitker
Greasy onion rings are out and Mediterranean flat breads with local veggies are in, as Skybox Grill & Bar bills itself as midtown's first farm-to-fork sports bar.
With 20 TV screens showing the latest ESPN fare and Pabst Blue Ribbon on tap, Skybox is definitely a sports bar. But general manager Loren Sparks hopes the community will look at it more as a casual restaurant - one that just so happens to be attached to a sports bar. Because who would expect grape leaf-wrapped goat cheese in the same room as a televised UFC fight?
Skybox held its grand opening Thursday afternoon in the space formerly known as MVP Sports Grill on 21st and L streets. The new menu is herbivore-friendly and incorporates ingredients straight from the farmers market. There are a slew of burgers, salads, sandwiches and wraps, and the veggie-inclined can substitute all hamburgers for falafel, grilled vegetables or black bean patties.
The full bar boasts six rotating taps and over 20 bottled beers, and Sparks said he's trying to bring in seasonal and craft beers as well. So in addition to the Coors you'll see on tap right now, you'll also encounter such hopsheads favorites Mad River and Deschutes. And beyond the well drinks, check out the $15 glasses of wine and the $28 shot of Patron.
"We're looking forward to being part of the Midtown community in general, and providing something a step above other sports bars," Sparks said. "We want to hit every demographic."
Skybox Grill & Bar is located at 2110 L St., Sacramento; (916) 441-4151, www.skyboxgrillsac.com