Inspired by early 20th century chili parlors, Hard Times Cafe aims to preserve the tradition of delectable, hearty fare served in a friendly, lively community eatery. Elevate taste buds to new heights with an order of legendary grilled wings in one of five flavors, including original Texas, chili-lime, honey-barbecue, and eternity ($8.99 per order). Hard Times Cafe serves four distinct varieties of chili. The authentic chili mac is served over spaghetti with your choice of accouterments ($7.49–$8.89). Burgers, sliders, and chili dogs are easily transportable by hand or hovercraft, and savory steaks and other suppertime favorites provide more refined nourishment options. To reward you for your literary prowess, every Groupon reader who texts HTCGRP to 59925 gets an additional coupon good for one order of bar nachos. Combine this offer with a Groupon, or save it for a subsequent visit.
In lieu of buns, Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub's Monster Burger earns its name by piling bacon, grilled onions, and a half-pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Washington Post profiled the beastly eat and its “calories-be-damned goodness” in its This Thing You Should Try series. Those with tamer appetites assemble less daunting burgers with a beef or homemade black bean patty served on a white or whole grain Kaiser roll. Along with burgers, Duffy's culinary team crafts casual dishes such as mushrooms fried in peanut oil, vegan pasta tossed with homemade tomato sauce, and seven wing varieties voted the city's best in 2012 by readers of Washington City Paper.
Along with the menu of daily grub, Duffy's staff supplies discounted drinks and quesadillas at weekday happy hours and hosts brain-teasing pub trivia challenges every Wednesday night. 12 flat-screen TVs throughout the bar stay tuned to the latest Florida Gators and Green Bay Packers games, a more thrilling alternative to watching looped footage of an actual gator attacking a defenseless cheese wheel. In addition to front of the house entertainment, Duffy's accommodates private soirees with a back room equipped with more flat-screens, skeeball, darts, and an internet jukebox.
Listen closely beneath the televised sports commentary, the gentle fizz of draft beers spilling into chilled glasses, and the cheers and groans attending each goal, touchdown or basket, and you'll find another sound filling the air at Ventnor Sports Café: contented sighs. To find the reason behind those softly emanated coos of satisfaction, look no further than the daily menu, carefully curated to complement enthusiastic sports fandom. Wings by the dozen, burgers made to order, and grilled tilapia tacos stave off half-time hunger pains any night of the week, while those who manage to make it out of bed before a weekend kickoff are rewarded with a brunch menu that includes bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. And to show its appreciation for sports fans, the bar also hosts regular specials on weeknights, including 50-cent wings on Mondays, half-price burgers on Tuesdays, and dunk-a-waiter nights on Wednesdays.
District 2 sates cavernous appetites within a casual community sports bar, boasting more than a dozen brews and five tap-side TVs. Suds-loving patrons can sop up pints of Guinness ($7), Miller Lite ($5), or Original Sin cider ($6), with a succulent hot and spicy chorizo dip, fraught with red peppers and the glowing coals of defeated taste buds ($8). Or sink snack-craving incisors into a menu of gourmet bites, such as a quartet of Angus mini burgers on toasted brioche rolls and platters pilfered from Barbie's dream house (4 for $9, 8 for $14). The D2 mac 'n' cheese, frosted with three-cheese fondue, delights dairy addicts and self-obsessed cows ($10), and the Yuengling beer-battered fish and chips treats seafarers to incognito imbibitions ($12).
Patrons sitting at one of Redline's leather-cushioned booths will never have to leave their seat to get a beer. That's because each of these booths has a built-in table tap that ensures the suds and socializing flow freely while an electronic meter tracks drink consumption and the declining quality of each patron's jokes. As diners flood their mugs, they also fill their forks with a menu of American-French cuisine, such as cajun marinated duck breast, along with traditional pub fare like buffalo chicken sandwiches, margherita pizzas, and tater tots drizzled with melted cheese. The beer and food would be entertainment enough for some, but Redline also has game day covered––literally. No matter where you sit inside the warm, woody interior, you won't have to crane your neck, since the pub is filled with more than 40 TVs in addition to a dominating 11-foot projector screen.