Johnny of Johnny Fox's Public House sought to re-create the comforting pub ambiance he experienced during his time in Ireland with his father. He has accomplished this by building an old-world cottage exterior and large water wheel and filling his pub's interior with Gaelic "craig agus ceol." Following the tradition of Irish pubs, he divided the rooms into quaint sections. Low wood tables and stools sit near a brick fireplace, while one ornate booth stands semienclosed near the back. An old pipe organ sits next to a long table occupied by wayward lawn gnomes, and plenty of natural light floods in from all directions. Bartenders fill pints with Guinness, Harp, and Smithwick's at a bar inscribed with Gaelic sayings. In the kitchen, chefs labor over classic dishes such as shepherd's pie prepared with fresh ground lamb and beef, Guinness-braised short ribs, and pan-seared sea bass. Brunch buffets are available on Sundays, and a good whiskey is easy to find at Johnny Fox's, including an 18-year Jameson, while a carefully selected list of white and red wines can be paired to match all dishes on the menu. The restaurant's 15,000 square foot space is also available for meetings, weddings, or meetings held during weddings.
Nancy Fitzgerald, owner of The Tasting Room, knows the importance of being local–having grown up in the Phoenix area herself–and populates her eatery’s wine and beer lists with local Arizona tipples. Specializing in boutique and specialty wines and beers, she's also amassed a menu of more than 70 wines from across the United States, South America, and Europe that are complimented by more than 20 microbrews and a cider. Her chefs pair these libations with small plates of italian crostini and goat-cheese-stuffed bell peppers, and paninis topped with smoked and cured meats and eclectic cheeses. A variety of pre-arranged specialty cheese and meat plates are also available, or guests can create custom plates from a list of 18 different cheeses and 7 meats with which to impress a date or immediately see the benefits of a low-carb diet.
Paying homage to Old World wine cellars, WineStyles Peoria pleases palates with a rotating selection of up to 150 wines from around the world, stored in arched cubbyholes along the wall. During tastings, wine whizzes fill glasses with various shades of nectar, which duos or quartets can smell, taste, and dab over razor burn. Afterwards, newly educated guests can purchase some of the store's various bottles of wine, including the bold Educated Guess cabernet sauvignon ($19.99), the sweet Frisk riesling ($11.99), and the bright and fruity Isabel Mondavi deep rose ($15.99). During a private tasting party, groups of up to 10 people flock around a table to guzzle down spirited glasses of grape juice. Experienced staff members dole out sips from five different bottles of wine, each containing information on its characteristics as well as tips for food pairing and baseball-bat corking.
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The meats of Mexican cuisine are as diverse as the colors of the rainbow, and Ta’Carbon strives to serve every one. Chefs load up the charcoal grill with familiar morsels of certified-Angus carne asada and barbacoa and pair them with specialty cuts such as lengua, cabeza, and tripa. These sizzling cuts then find their way into burritos, tacos, and dinner platters, which guests then customize at the salsa bar with a choice of red and green salsas, pico de gallo, and spicy vegetables according to their own tastes and the rules of upcoming fire-breathing contests. To crown meals, the chefs sling traditional desserts such as flan and stock a range of Mexican sodas. Guests can grab food to go at the walk-up counter, enjoy their meals outside on the patio, or stay for an imported beer and watch the HDTV plasma screen showing soccer matches or telenovelas about people watching soccer matches.
Cheers Tavern’s interior glows with its baker’s dozen of 51-inch high-definition TVs and its gargantuan 80-inch LED high-definition TV, which contributes to the pub’s lively, neighborly setting where regulars cheer on stock-car races, football games, and other sporting events. A menu of pub food, including wings by the dozen and a deep-fried cheeseburger, pairs harmoniously with the eight draft beers that flow freely from Cheers' taps. Guests can throw darts or play pool to stoke their own competitive fires, or they can see who can shatter the most beer mugs with high notes during Ultimate Karaoke on weekends.