Nova Lounge's chefs load half-pound burger patties with six types of eclectic toppings while bartenders fill steins with eight bubbly draft beers. On the menu, the Inferno burger ($9) stokes oral furnaces with spicy chipotle and jalapeno peppers, pepper jack cheese, and pico de gallo chopped with a set of knives once owned by the Greek god Hephaestus. A breakfast club burger stuffed with bacon and eggs ($9) keeps morning meals up past their bedtime, while the jet-setting Geneva burger invites sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese ($9) to ride the rollercoasters of diners’ digestive systems. Draft beers such as Miller Light, Guinness, and Blue Moon balance the burgers’ zesty proclivities with cool temperatures and teams of tiny bubbles certified in tastebud massage.
Mike O'Donnell's Irish Pub ushers patrons from a broad stretch of Franklin Avenue into a bar from which all pretense has been stripped away in favor of a cozy vibe conducive to unwinding. Even the ceiling tiles broadcast the pub's ties to the community in the form of quaint, business-card-style ads for local businesses. In the game room, friendly competitors hone their skills at the dartboard and draw cues for dibs on the pool table between bites of Irish-inspired appetizers and burgers hot from the grill. Meanwhile, barkeeps refill glasses and chat with regulars as flat-screen TVs keep crowds updated on sports action and the latest commands from Big Brother.
Even if Gulliver's ovens went cool and the warm-weather chatter on its back patio went silent, visitors would still be drawn through the unassuming façade to witness the sights inside. Fortunately for hungry patrons, the kitchen continues to operate, quieting stomachs' growls with its take on Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. After slapping a mound of their housemade dough into the pan, chefs carefully contour the crust to leave thick, chewy edges and a thin, golden bottom. Next, layers of cheese, are topped using fresh ingredients. Pub-goers can also enjoy a tasty cornucopia of Italian soups, fresh salads, sandwiches, 100% Angus beef burgers, wings, and entrees sates pizza-averse diners. Sports fanatics can revel in traditional meals and watch their favorite team on 27 HD-TV screens. On Friday's, families can entertain their kid's with magic and balloon artistry shows.
ReNew's organic juices, salads, ice creams, and snacks infuse the body with nutrients without weighing it down with unhealthy additives. Their juice cleanses aim to purge toxins from the body while boosting immune systems and preparing organs for new diets. And bottles of Udo's oil blend can be used to strengthen bodily processes or lubricate the joints of androids posing as aerobics instructors.
The River Grove Sheffield's serves up much of the same menu as its Chicago brethren. Enjoy spacious indoor or outdoor seating as you edibly encounter a full slab of barbecue ribs ($18.95). Other entrees include beer-battered fish and chips ($12.95) and barbecue spaghetti ($10.95), served with choice of smoked chicken, pulled pork, or brisket. Or munch on a barbecue platter, including smoked sausage ($9.95), smoked chicken ($9.95), or the combo platter ($16.95), with a choice of any two of Sheffield's barbecue options. In addition to ample parking, delivery, and HDTV-viewing options, the River Grove location also offers live entertainment on weekends—ideal for locals who have just realized that their television is a fish tank.