Benchwarmers Pub bustles with the raucous cheers from Ravens fans watching the game on wall-mounted TVs intermingled with clinking pint glasses and ambient tunes from the Megatouch jukebox. Here patrons gather to throw back brews while snacking from a menu of classic pub food. The cooks whip up baskets of crispy fried pickles and wings smothered in fixings ranging from mild honey-barbecue to spicy 3-Mile Island sauce. Heartier fare includes half-pound cheeseburgers, quarter-pound Nathan's hot dogs, and barbecue pulled pork piled on pretzel rolls.
When they're not glued to the TV or filling their bellies, patrons can challenge one another to a friendly game of pool. Benchwarmers Pub also plays host to live DJ sets and weekly karaoke sessions, during which patrons can show support for their favorite team by belting out every song on the Rudy soundtrack.
Just above the open window of Elliott's Pour House, there's painted a row of draft beer taps. Look inside that window, and you'll discover that the paintings are merely a taste of what's in store. Behind the bar, 20 colorful taps bear the names of craft breweries such as Star Hill, New Belgium, and Oskar Blues. Guests sip on pints of craft beer or the locally beloved Natty Boh (also on draft) as they watch NFL games on the TVs or play ping-pong on the bar's own table. Elliott's is known for taking care of its regulars, who are rewarded with perks such as a $10 gift card for every $100 spent or enrollment in the Draft Club, which begins with a ritualistic bath in beer foam.
Gitan Bistro Cru has the personality of a romantic neighborhood gathering spot, plus the food and drink to match, making it a great destination for dates. Its wood floors and mustard-colored walls envelop visitors, who stop by to fill up on the restaurant's French- and Lebanese-inspired dishes. The menu features sandwiches, soups, and a roster of Lebanese-style small plates, including hummus accompanied by warm pita bread. From behind the bar, servers dish out specialty cocktails, as well as rare, hard-to-find wines.
As you finger-frolic down the menu, open with the succulent Maryland crab soup ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl). Crab guacamole ($9.25), much like synchronized swimming through a pool of salsa, puts a south-of-the-border spin on the delights of the sea. Shades along the sandwich spectrum include a beef medallion hoagie ($11.75), soft-shell crab delivered daily from Tilghman Island ($13.50), and a fresh char-broiled burger ($7). Bo's seafood club ($12) sets up crab cakes and shrimp salad on a blind date and uses the intoxicating effects of bacon to spark the chemistry between them, while the strawberry chicken club ($10) layers grilled chicken, avocado mayonnaise, and fresh, sweet strawberries on two sturdy slices of wheat bread. You can also visit Bo Brooks's outdoor Tiki Hut to dine on its menu and experience an open, airy environment makes for a nice backdrop to casual American cuisine and a drink from the fully stocked bar.
At Field House, guests guzzle gourmet pub fare, bubbling drafts, and sporting contests beamed from fifty separate plasma-screen TVs. Menu varieties satiate salivary glands with bread-bedded treasures such as the Maryland crab cake sandwich drizzled in old bay aioli and served beside kettle chips ($13). A cavalcade of specialty pizzas ($10–$13) indulges diners in the art of sharing, while the 12-ounce grilled new york strip steak ($23) is designed for solitary savoring by whoever can identify which borough its shape most resembles.
Hollywood Burger Bistro, a restaurant focused on serving top-quality meat in unusual configurations, pledges that its Imperial Valley beef is never polluted by antibiotics. Their cows dine on a strict vegetarian diet of grain and are never injected or garnished with hormones. The eatery's extensive menu includes the Omar Sharif burger, which arrives packed with black beans, chipotle peppers, mango pico de gallo, tzatziki sauce, and a sandy cutlass ($12), as well as the Ellen Degeneres, a tower of fried green tomatoes, lobster, and avocado cream sauce ($16). Patrons should gingerly handle the firecracker shrimp appetizer, which causes tongue buds to tingle with jumbo shrimp and spicy meridian sauce over garlic crostini ($12). The build-your-own burger option allows free rein to visionaries dreaming of daring beef ziggurats. Check the calendar to plan your visit for a day that coincides with karaoke, bingo, or DJ entertainment.