Peter Kenny didn’t just want to recreate Dublin with The Dubliner; he wanted to recreate home. So the Dublin native filled his bar with objects from Ireland and a long list of imported Irish and Scottish beers and whiskeys. His kitchen presents artisan cheeses on a board and stacks sandwiches high with Boar’s Head products. He even offers such housemade pub dips as horseradish cream cheese and smoked tomato ranch, and he keeps these specialties coming out of the kitchen until midnight.
Brackets, a hybrid sports bar and game emporium, serves jumbo wings and frosted beverages to patrons engaged in table games or busy watching one of Brackets' many high-definition sport-portals. Chefs batter menu items, such as onion rings ($4), with charm and breading and employ an authentic Neapolitan style to create the sopressata sausage pizza ($14). Though this Groupon can't be used on gaming, patrons can smack around airy spheres on two ping-pong tables ($10/hour for games), more substantial spheres on the pool table, or virtual spheres in Wii tennis.
Modeled on England's famed watering holes, Baker St. Pub & Grill greets visitors with a softly lit atmosphere, age-darkened wood, and ceilings adorned with anglophilic knickknacks. Classic Britannic drinks such as Guinness and Strongbow Cider flow from the bar's taps, joined by New Belgium, Fat Tire, and other American craft brews. Guests can pair their brew with something from the pub menu, featuring Welsh rarebit sandwiches, bangers and mash, and shepherd's pie. Fish and chips come in classic form, or potato crusted. Those looking to sink their teeth into homegrown specialties can order a juicy sirloin burger or spicy chicken wings.
With 45 locations, the aromas of hot soup and freshly baked bread greet customers across the nation as they approach Souper Salad's overflowing display of crisp salad greens and freshly prepared hot selections. Menus for the buffet change daily, but can include albóndigas soup, Tuna Skroodle pasta salad, A-MAIZE-ing cornbread, and other dishes. Dine-in guests are free to fill their bowls with their favorite soups and chilis, build their own salads from a plethora of crispy greens and tangy dressings, and see how much soft-serve ice cream they can pile atop a single cone. Patrons can also make a visit to the taco bar or flatbread pizza zone, and gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available.
The beer selection at Strangeways will delight even the pickiest drinkers: there are 40 brews on tap and 140 in cans and bottles. The bartenders can also mix up a full menu of prohibition-style cocktails. Co-owner Eric Sanchez—who shares the bar with his sister, Erica—revealed in a Pegasus News article that he had a cozy, non-Irish pub feel in mind when he designed Strangeways. He gutted and remodeled the building himself, taking care to leave exposed brick on the interior and properly clothed brick on the exterior. Strangeways also serves up a menu of Latin-inspired American food.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit has smoked beef brisket in-house nearly every night since 1941, painting each morsel with a tangy house-made sauce. Pulled pork, turkey breast, and polish sausage round out the menu with meals that are heartier than a burrito wrapped in Paul Bunyan’s plaid shirt. Boxed lunches and catered buffets brim with homestyle sides such as coleslaw, mac 'n' cheese, and jalapeño beans. Once the last pickle has been crunched and the last finger has been licked, guests can savor one of the restaurant’s most cherished traditions: a vanilla cone, on the house.