P.J. O’Reilly’s has a welcoming, neighborhood feel, fostering both the taking out of family and the taking in of frothy beverages. Eire-inspired fare peppers the extensive menu. Marry a spinster stomach to a comely appetizer with O'Reilly's Wedding Rings, a heap of circular onions fried in a dowry of Guinness batter ($5.99). Committed slurpers can coat their innards with Irish stew, a savory mélange of fresh lamb, carrots, celery, onion, and potatoes sidekicked by a salad ($10.99), while those with a meat-hankering can slurp on Rynne's Ruben, savory corned beef in a loving embrace of sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and marble rye ($9.99). Drinks come in abundance via tap ($4.25 for a pint) or bottle ($2.50+ for beer, $16+ for wine) behind the wooden bar.
Growlers Pourhouse cultivates salivation with a menu hearty pub fare and house-made sausages. Diners can send homemade potato chips diving into gooey beer-cheese dipping sauce ($6) in anticipation of their impending meals or their own eventual dive into a pool of beer-cheese dipping sauce. The pesto portobello panini presses roasted red peppers, portobello mushroom, and basil pesto between sourdough or rye bread ($6.50), and a selection of freshly ground and stuffed specialty sausages serves up flavored fare in an edible encasing. Visitors can savor snappy bite of a turkey-apple sausage ($5.50), a beer brat with juniper berry kraut ($5.50), or a chipotle veganator ($6).
Hawthorne's New York Pizza & Bar's dough-slingers serve a piping-hot menu of pasta, heroes, and hand-tossed pizzas, earning a 2011 Charlotte Magazine Voters' Choice award for best pizza. Edible disks are spooned with sauce and configured for specialty deliciousness with such options as the luau pizza⎯a blend of pineapple, bacon, smoked pulled pork, and caramelized onions wrapped up in a grass skirt ($9–$18)⎯and the Sicilian's thick, square crust clad only in mozzarella ($14.50). Herbs and gorgonzola cheese roam across hills of pasta and valleys stuffed with chicken or sausage in the gorgonzola pasta ($10.50), and the philly cheesesteak hero ($8.85) laces standard white american cheese with the illicit flavors of chipotle mayo. Chefs layer eggplant rollentini ($11) with a blend of mozzarella, ricotta, and romano cheeses before spackling it with pesto and oven-baking it to monumental deliciousness.
A vast array of suds, gourmet pies built with fresh ingredients, and friendly staffers populate The Pizza Peel and Tap Room's affable neighborhood confines. Each specialty pizza ($8 for an eight-inch, $20 for a 16-inch) is perched upon a delectable crust that is chewy on the inside and crunchy on its outskirts, just like Barry Bonds. The barbecue-chicken pizza surrounds its grilled poultry with red onion, roasted red peppers, cheddar and mozzarella cheese, and a smattering of cilantro. Stock an empty-shelved stomach with the Sorry for Partying Supreme (add $1), which is swimming in pepperoni, ground beef, sausage, mozzarella, three kinds of peppers (green, red, and banana), onion, and mushroom. The diverse menu is also home to multiple un-pizzafied eats such as the crisp and moist peel wings ($5.25–$13.75), which come dressed in teriyaki, Buffalo, jerk, inferno, or sweet-chili sauce, or the homespun chips, spackled with a special spice blend ($4.95).
Dandelion Market serves salads and flatbreads at lunch and a collection of small, shareable plates at dinner. For portable proteins, select between grilled-steak skewers ($12) or grilled-lamb lollipops ($16). Paired well with a bottle of wine ($25), ale-simmered sausage bites ($6) come with hot sweet mustard to give each bite bite. Every Monday, cover bands serenade patrons while Dandelion serves $3 pints from the selection of 24 craft-style brews.