When Amy Breidenbach discovered a Jackson Road House business card, it was all the motivation she needed in opening her new restaurant. The card itself had survived for a century, and was evidence of Amy's family's history, which included running a tavern during the late 1800s and a speakeasy during the 1920s. The modern incarnation of Jackson Road House serves booze, too, although it primarily fills stomachs with seafood, such as cornmeal-dusted catfish, flounder filets, and lobster mac 'n' cheese. In addition, it offers soups, sandwiches, and pub specials, such as bourbon baby back ribs and Guinness shepherd's pie.
Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
A well-kept secret tucked away in Lindenhurst, The Loyal Dog Ale House is home to more than 100 different beers from around the world. At any given time, Loyal Dog has more than a dozen craft selections on tap, and if visitors want to enjoy a brew at home, they can fill up a glass growler instead furtively pouring drinks into their shoes. The Loyal Dog’s beer list acts as a fitting accomplice to its menu of finger-friendly eats, such as burgers and Jack Daniels pulled pork sandwiches. The international brews and pub grub also fuel festive events throughout the week, including 90s-themed trivia and music on Wednesday nights.
Somo @ 722 pairs its American eats—burgers, pastas, and seafood—with domestic beers on tap. Pad your stomach with boneless wings or parmesan truffle fries before indulging in hearty entrees such as beef goulash and chicken pot pie. Jumbo lump crab cake forms the base of the crabby patty sandwich and the turkey triple decker sandwich intimidates lesser food items with layers of Virginia ham, turkey, cheddar, and bacon.
Donavon is a surfer-turned-musician whose self-titled debut was released on Jack Johnson’s Brushfire Records and made the ARIA top 40 charts in 2004. In Mulcahy’s 1,400-person sound-o-sphere, his surf rock ballads, such as “It Don’t Matter” and “Move By Yourself,” will have the full force of live emotion and quality sound to superbly strum heartstrings and tickle earbones. Donavon’s Bermudan musical companion, Mishka, also has roots in the sea soil, having spent much of his childhood sailing and windsurfing before turning to reggae’s guitars and off-beat rhythms. In 2009, Mishka was named Best New Artist in the singer/songwriter category by iTunes.
Numerous Irish counties lend their names to Lily Flanagan?s Pub's traditional Irish and internationally influenced meals, such as the Kerry corned beef and cabbage made with locally grown greens. The Galway Bay fish 'n' chips pairs beer-battered cod with chips that are cut by hand rather than lasers, and the Portrush pork chop flirts with the flavors of Italy with accents of sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, goat cheese, and bacon alfredo sauce.
It?s not just the food that transports diners across the pond, but the dark wood wainscoting and furniture topped with kelly-green padding. The bar pours foaming glasses of Guinness and Smithwick?s, perfect for slowly sipping while watching one of the pub's 15+ flat-screen TVs.