Comfortably ensconced at the south end of Maria Hernandez Park, this bar and restaurant sprang from its manager's passion for his native Lebanese cuisine. Café 280 can serve as a perfect shorts-and-sandals spot, complete with coffee press and wi-fi, or as a low-key prelude to a more ambitious night. It’s also a restaurant, its airy back space playing the role of dining room and its shaded front patio allowing for breezy evening banter. 280's menu doesn’t forgo the standard meat and potatoes, but many options go beyond average drunk grub. Also: Few bars can complement a $5 beer-shot combo with plates of homemade hummus and baba ghannouj.
Picnics with a view, roller-skating nostalgia, and a party for gay headbangers.