Beef, jumbo wings, chicken fingers, jalapeño poppers, french fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, marinara sauce, honey mustard, and melted cheese. Those are some of the items available on The Whiskey Barrel's menu, and somehow, they all fit on the Mother of All Barrels sandwich. The 12-inch behemoth anchors a menu full of similarly hearty, borderline ridiculous sandwiches, burgers, entrees, and jumbo-sized wings that come in a variety of sauces, from whiskey BBQ to garlic-teriyaki and hot & honey.
The food provides fuel for late nights at the pub, which, like the drive-thru window outside every grandma's kitchen, stays open until 2 a.m. six times a week—including for live music performances every Saturday. Beer specials accompany all Flyers hockey games, and happy-hour deals Monday–Friday help nerves unwind after another long, hard day of resisting the urge to burn the dictionary.
The chefs at Catahoula sizzle, stir, and fry classic creole dishes to comfort bellies and tantalize taste buds. At dinner, the restaurant transforms its menu into a mélange of hearty eats from land, sea, and air. Crawfish bisque ($8/bowl) introduces palates to the classic flavors of the South before tongues take on delicate cuts of steak béarnaise with bacon-fried cabbage ($18). Adding depth to tradition, duck jambalaya ($18) adds its signature gamey flavor to a dish ripe with andouille sausage and tasso ham, a Cajun specialty. Brunch offerings such as brioche french toast ($9), shrimp-n-grits ($14), and po boy sandwiches ($10–$12) mix American breakfast staples with Cajun and creole flavors for dishes that arrive wearing their own shiny bead necklaces. As guests dine, three flat-screen TVs cast a warm glow and an endless stream of sports on tables, chairs, and diners who’ve decided to settle in for the evening.
Since opening in 1975, Candlelight Dance Club has chased a single, unwavering mission: to curate an appreciation for ballroom dance while teaching its many styles. Six instructors stand ready to lead dancers through training to conquer foxtrot, swing, tango, waltz, and rumba steps. By offering both private and group lessons, Candlelight combines one-on-one attention from an instructor with group sessions that provide more camaraderie than a firefighting team moonlighting as a cheerleading squad. A bright, wood-floored studio hosts classes as well as the club’s weekly dance parties, which allow participants to try out learned moves in real time before debuting them in public. Many dance enthusiasts note a handful of dance-inspired benefits as their confidence shines, stress fizzles, and cardio endurance boosts.