Voted "Best Bar" in 2011 by the New Times, Whiskey Tango All American Bar & Grill whets appetites with an eclectic menu of dishes inspired by America's culinary topography. Chef Elliott’s spaghetti sandwich gives dizzy forks a whirling respite with its buttery loaf of toasted garlic bread stuffed with juicy chicken, mozzarella, tomato sauce, and cascading ringlets of spaghetti ($8.95). Pursed lips can slurp spoonfuls of Georgia sweet vidalia onion soup, crowded with caramelized slivers of vidalia petals and capped with melted cheddar cheese ($5.95) before bare teeth shred tender morsels off a main course of St. Louis–style ribs ($13.95 for a half rack; $16.95 for a full rack). Like eating steak with chopsticks, the San Diego tuna nachos synthesize distinct food identities by topping fried wanton chips with slices of sushi-grade tuna cooked rare, seaweed salad, and pickled ginger ($13.95).
Mickey Byrne's boasts an Irish-style pub menu, combining traditional favorites with more contemporary American fare. Curry fries ($4.50) and crispy calamari served with garlic aioli and Creole mayo ($8.95) encourage tongues to fold in half and enthusiastically clap. Main dishes include traditional tastes such as Flynn's shepherd's pie ($9.95), bangers and mash (a combination of Irish-style sausages with creamy mashed potatoes and onion gravy, $11.95), fish 'n' chips ($12.95), and corned beef and cabbage ($12.95). The menu also features everything from a veggie burger ($8.95) to a traditional Irish breakfast chockfull of black-and-white pudding, two eggs, baked beans, Irish bacon, and banger sausage ($11.95, subject to availability after 3 p.m.).
Pool sharks and bar flies can play out their own personal film noir against the slinky backdrop of Lucky Pocket Billiards. Figures around Russian-imported pool tables chalk their cues while their companions send colorful balls whizzing across the felt to clack into pockets. Against the other wall, the sound of bubbly chatter rises up from groups seated on black-leather couches. Over the bar, Christmas lights twinkle, sending kaleidoscopic colors glinting off pints of Samuel Adams, Budweiser, and AmberBock. A television mounted on the wall broadcasts sporting events or the latest report on the theft of a famous ornithological statue.
In a dining room decorated with Egyptian-inspired artwork, visitors to Exotic Bites enjoy a tableau of Mediterranean dishes that range from tender gyros to rich and creamy hummus. Warm pita wraps around sizzling shawarma, lamb kebabs, or kebah, a combination of minced beef, pine nuts, and ground lamb, and stuffed falafels are comprised of a crunchy chickpea patty filled with minced beef, chicken, or sautéed vegetables. The occasional tendrils of hookah smoke spiral into the air, spun from the lips of friends chatting at a table or reclining in a cushioned corner decorated with a vivid wall hanging. More hookah pipes line up against a wall shelf, spaced between the chalkboard menu of daily specials and framed pictures.
Sportszone84 breaks out of the huddle with a menu of made-to-order bar fare capable of satisfying sports fans and anti-athletics alike. Kick off consumption with fried pickles ($5.99), potato skins ($7.99), or 10 chicken wings ($7.99) bathed in your choice of sauces, and then mouth-march onward into the main courses. Sportszone84’s signature In the Zone burger ($8.99) builds its appetizing assault around a half-pound Angus-beef patty, while the full rack of baby-back ribs ($17.99) smothers its xylophone of porcine meat in a sweet barbecue sauce. An Alonzo Mourning’s pants-suit's worth of beers keep taste buds cooled down, with piña colada margaritas and rum runners also available for hop-heads wishing to take a break from frosty brews.
Enigmatic comedian, E! celebrity correspondent, and Chelsea Lately regular Michael Yo returns to the Improv with a fresh batch of mischievous zingers for Hot Mess Comedy, a celebration of tawdry humor and base instincts. With a keen wit and the ability to make cows chuckle until they spew milk out of their noses, Michael Yo fills his bottomless joke cache with material based on his Hollywood expertise and dating inexpertness. Other haughty and naughty high-octane comics include MADtv cast member and Chelsea Lately roundtable regular Arden Myrin, who coaxes big laughs with her adroit mastery of improv and devilish pixie charm.
A nucleus of laugher thriving within the Celtic elegance of The Playwright Irish Pub, Florida Comedy Club elates mirth-seekers with weekly showcases of seasoned standups and blossoming open-mic talent. On March 8, former naval officer Roz McCoy drowns doldrums with buoyant jokes and authentic sailor's mouth, opening for Comedy Central vet Dave Siegel. Nery Saenz, the official comedian of the 2010 Miami Dolphins season, reflects sarcastically on childhood and romance on March 15.