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.
No matter the time of day, a traditional Irish breakfast awakens the senses to the finer things in life—namely black and white pudding, Irish bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, and a hearty serving of bangers. Few taverns outside the Emerald Isle can rival Five Roses Pub when it comes to this distinctive breakfast, but the pub has a few other tricks up its coat sleeves. Throughout the day, cooks craft Irish delicacies such as maple-glazed salmon with boxty potato cakes, Guinness sausage, and potpies served with homemade soda bread. A fireplace warms the spacious dining room, which is lined with antique lanterns and patrons in good cheer thanks to an extensive selection of wines and beers. Crowds tend to grow boisterous when live musicians take the stage or on karaoke nights, when friends join together to stumble through lyrics translated into Gaelic on the overhead screen.
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.
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Alcohol: Full bar
Number of Tables: 11?25
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
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“Barbecue meets beer garden” may sum up Sheffield’s, but it hardly does the bar—heralded by [Esquire] (http://www.esquire.com/bestbars/bb-sheffields) as one of the best in America—any justice. Standing at the corner of Sheffield and School and housed in the bottom floor of a three-story brownstone, Sheffield’s pulls all the stops when it comes to its two specialties. Barbecue sauce made from scratch smothers tender beef brisket, homemade sausage, and pork that chefs smoke for 14 hours and pull to order. Hand-cut fries and fresh baked cornbread complement the sandwiches and platters, as does any one of the bar’s microbrews, such as Allgash Blonde or Sawtooth English Ale. In the summer, bar-goers can enjoy their brew and food out back in the beer garden, which the Goodlife Report named as one of “America’s Best Beer Gardens”. As cold winds roll into town, patrons can escape to the cozy indoors, surrounded by brick walls and plenty of sports-casting TVs.