At Timbers Steakhouse and Seafood, chefs craft dinners from a menu of surf-and-turf classics paired with all-American eats. Appetizers include traditional pub fare such as cheese fries, garlic mushrooms, and chicken wings in flavors such as buffalo, garlic, and mango habanero. Classic caesar, chef's, and spinach salads pave the way for burgers made from 100% ground sirloin. Pounds of snow-crab legs arrive with a coverlet of melted butter, whereas sautéed tilapia comes encrusted in a combination of panko and pecans.
Steak is, of course, the main event. Hand-cut rib eyes, filets mignons wrapped in bacon, and thick, unyielding portions of porterhouse that clock in at 20 ounces are dusted in the restaurant’s secret spice blend and charbroiled to order. Chefs also slice off portions of slow-cooked, tender prime rib served with horseradish sauce upon request.
In addition to the regular menu, Wednesday evenings boast a selection of Mexican food such as tacos, enchiladas, and fajitas, and Thursday shows off pasta prowess with Italian favorites. Although most dinners unfold in the spacious lower-story dining room, Timbers also makes the most of its attic. The restaurant's upper-story A-frame loft houses a banquet facility equipped with seating for up to 120, with custom menus, full bar service, DJs, and photographers available.
Founded in 1878 and operated by the Freeman family since 1948, the St. James Restaurant serves authentic German and American dishes in a historic building. Don your finest tweed suit and fake mustache and peruse the menu in the dignified ambience of the antique bar and dining room. The homemade chicken noodle or bean soup ($1.99 cup, $2.99 bowl) provides classic, satisfying options for diners who only take nourishment through a curly straw, and the hand-cut prime-rib options ($17.99 for 16 oz. King cut; $15.99 for 12 oz. Knights cut; and $13.99 for 8 oz. Queens cut). St. James also offers bona fide German dinners, including wiener schnitzel ($12.99), after 4 p.m.
Timmy's commercial hickory smoke rotisserie fights criminally bland flavor and sates seasoning-starved citizens by slowly heating up a menu of barbecue meats, pizzas, grinders, and more. Carnivores can lock fingers in a sticky-sweet embrace with a Flintstone-toppling slab of ribs ($8.99 half, $16.99 full) or practice edible fractions on pointed palate-piquing slices of original pizzas such as Timmy's Train Wreck ($11.75)—a tragically delicious collision of pulled pork, banana peppers, bacon, and tomatoes covered with a layer of Timmy's secret sauce. Free up extra time to open presents on Christmas morning or push your Thanksgiving belt to its very last hastily added notch with a pre-purchased ham ($6.99 per pound), whole turkey ($4.99 per pound), or turkey breasts ($4.99 per pound) cleared of cartilage for carving convenience.
Choose from 21 toppings to build your own pizza ($4.95–$11.96, plus $0.75–$1.77 for each topping or half and half), or order a specialty pie such as the gourmet house (onion, meatball, black olives, feta, and assorted cheeses, $6.96–$17.48). Pizza Forum's menu also offers an array of pizza shop classics, the star of which is freshly baked garlic breadsticks ($2.99, five pieces). Chomp through a stromboli (Italian sausage, green peppers, and onions with pizza sauce, topped with blended cheese; $4.39) if you love pizza but suffer from fear of wedges. Or obliterate an iceberg of hunger with ham, pepperoni, and onion missiles fired from a submarine sandwich ($4.39). Beer and wine are also available.
Cricket's Tavern is known just as much for its food as for its friendly confines and ample selection of brews. The menu is chock-full of soups, sandwiches, burgers, seafood, sandwiches, and noodles served in heaping helpings. Warm up from the inside with hearty spoonfuls of new england clam chowder ($2.25 for a cup, $4.25 for a bowl) with a side of garlic texas toast ($0.75), which contains more oil derricks than other toasts. Or, dunk mozzarella stix ($3.95) and cheddar pints ($3.45) in a cup of spicy cheese ($1.25) to put enough cheese in your tummy for it to declare itself related to a cow. Seafood options include crab cakes ($7.25), two-piece beer-battered cod ($8.95), shrimp gumbo ($8.95), and barbecue beer-battered shrimp ($8.75). The jukebox is free every Wednesday night, and there's Karaoke on Tuesday nights.
By the time he turned 17, Athanasios Chris Karamesines had already worked at several pizza places. He knew how they ran inside and out, which is why the young mogul opened his own pizzeria. More than 50 years later, his business has grown into a chain known for their fresh vegetables, all-milk cheese, and fresh, hand-tossed dough made in the Neapolitan style. Inside the Pizza Forum's wood or gas ovens, chefs bake signature pies topped with lightly sweet italian sauce and a combination of 23 different toppings including fresh mushrooms, roasted garlic, and meatballs. Garlic-butter breadsticks, calzones, pastas, and subs metaphorically round out the menu's literal corners.