A name like Crazy Dave's Daiquiri Bar and Grill carries with it certain expectations. One wouldn’t be surprised, for example, to hear that raucous crowds regularly descend on the bar to cheer for their favorite sports teams. Nor would it seem strange to spot a funky band or a karaoke diva on the restaurant’s stage. There is one thing that Crazy Dave’s takes seriously, however: its daiquiris. Twelve flavors of daiquiris blend into 28 combinations with whimsical names such as the Flamingo—strawberry and piña colada—and the Mr. Wonderful—white russian, strawberry, and amaretto. The grill offers a hot and spicy counterpoint to the blended drinks’ chill with its Southern-style po’ boys and seafood. All entrees come with fries or beer-battered onion rings, which double as lifesavers in the event that someone falls into a gallon-size jug of daiquiri.
Who's Who boasts a menu of signature cocktails and a sweeping selection of more than 25 spirits. The Above the Line lounge, tucked cozily behind a retail area offering wine and cigars, beckons to oenophiles and martiniphiles alike with leather couches, soft lighting, and slender pub tables on which patrons can sophisticatedly fill in their coloring books. While enjoying live music, creatures of the night can suck down a Vampire's Kiss ($10), a seductive combination of Absolut vodka, Chambord, lemon juice, and champagne. Technologically inclined tipplers can feast their eyes on two large flat-screen TVs while feasting their faces on the iMartini ($8), which finds Svedka Clementine, white-grape juice, sour, and confectionary pearls. Fine vodkas, whiskeys, and other spirits line the walls, awaiting their fates in neat tumblers or in watering cans to sprinkle on party-loving houseplants.
Lucy's laid-back staff chops, slices, and serves a mouthwatering mélange of Cajun, Californian, and Mexican cuisine from their eclectic menu. The Cali burger ($8.95) healthfully silences the stomach's high-pitched whale calls with a tender turkey patty nestled on a whole-wheat bun. Diners can also feast on surfer-inspired handhelds such as todos santos fish tacos ($10.95 for two), or dive into the fried-shrimp-and-spinach salad's sea of creole mustard vinaigrette ($9.95). Appetizers such as the Jamaican jerk chicken ($7.95) prepare teeth for cross-cultural chomping with four chicken-breast skewers drenched in tangy Pali sauce and dressed in matching mini swim trunks.
The Cove’s taste-bud-boggling array of single malts ensnares both walk-in connoisseurs and private-tasting aesthetes with its caramel-brown mouth velvet. Tasting attendees, in intimate groups no larger than 10, test-drive scotch from each of Scotland’s six producing regions in order to appreciate the peatiness of Islay’s elixir, the deep smokiness of Highlands’ quaffables, and the hair-turn handling of Speyside’s concoctions. Each tasting features a different set of six, plus one bonus scotch, drawn from The Cove’s laundry-list menu. While scotch enthusiasts savor their samples, a staff expert narrates the magical beverage’s rich history, explaining reasons for geographical differences and demonstrating the adhesiveness of the tape from which the drink takes its name. Tastings may be scheduled Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays starting at 7 p.m., and last an hour to an hour and a half, depending on the engagement of guests.
Since 2003, Charlie Brown's Family Sports Grill & Bar has paired an extensive menu of grilled sandwiches, steaks, and seafood with a feast for the eyes made up of 25 large flatscreen televisions. The restaurant's buffalo chicken wings come with or without bones, just like the majestic buffalo chickens of yesteryear, and its charbroiled and grilled burgers are piled with enough delicious bacon, cheese, and sautéed mushrooms to distract children from the kids' arcade for a while. Dishes such as fried soft-shell crab and shrimp alfredo offer a seafood angle to the entree list, which also documents chicken-fried steak and 14-ounce rib eyes served, and 8-ounce filets served with with veggies and mashed potatoes. To help guests to wash down hearty meals and salute the local sports memorabilia draped on the walls, the bartenders have composed a long list of beers, specialty drinks, and wines.