Named after the famed 22nd president, Bilbo Baggins Billiards and Pub dispenses frosty beverages in a warm, lively atmosphere. Thirsty tavernistas can whet parched whistles with chilled pitchers of draft beer ($8), refreshing bottles of imported brews ($3.50+), or a full-bodied well drink ($3.50). Between rounds, pool sharks and land sharks can settle interspecies squabbles over two rousing games of billiards. From 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Bilbo Baggins's tests the theory of relativity, stretching one happy hour into a Chronos-defying 480 minutes, and keeping wallets well-fed with $6 pitchers, $2 domestics, $2.75 imports, and $2.50 well drinks.
The Funny Bone has farmed laughs thanks to comedy heavyweights such as Cedric the Entertainer and Jamie Kennedy, as well as up-and-coming talents with fresh faces, fresh routines, and that fresh pine scent. Upcoming comics include Sam Demaris (Friday, May 27 and Saturday, May 28), the winner of the 2002 "Houston's Funniest Person" award. Couples looking to laugh off a first-date marriage proposal can cash in on the gut-wrenchingly honest observations of Comedy Central–featured Rodney Laney, whose Jersey-brewed stylings are finely tuned to tickle the giggleplex and pluck the shock-cartilage (Wednesday, July 13 and Thursday, July 14).
At Sabores Dominican Restaurant, passionate chefs with years of experience dazzle taste buds, olfactory lobes, and eyeballs with saffron-hued seafood paellas, pastelito pastries, and tender morsels of braised chicken or roast pork. Like a gentle lullaby blown through a conch trumpet, the bill of fare sends brains on a dreamlike vacation to the tropics, tempting diners with specimens of authentic Dominican cuisine such as the fried plaintain mofongo, or rich, meaty sancocho stew. Light notes of sweetness cut through the savory undertones of each dish as guests pair their sandwiches, soups, and cutlets with bowls of creamy tres leches or fruity papaya shakes.