The cooks at City Tap serve up a varied menu of shareable tapas and casual entrees, and the bartenders pour an array of libations. The bruschetta's toasted garlic bread comes topped with tomatoes and fresh basil, and the Dual Major starter lets guests study a sampler of cheese and a sampler of smoker meats and then take home a degree made of cocktail napkins. Signature barbecue sauce slathers the whiskey-pulled-pork sandwich, and fresh veggies top the artisan pizza. To wet the whistle, guest can sip imported beer, wine by the glass, and carefully crafted cocktails or live, local music that plays several nights a week.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
• For $29, you get any one appetizer and any two entrees (up to a $61 value). • For $54, you get any two appetizers and any four entrees (up to a $122 value). • For $72, you get any three appetizers and any six entrees (up to a $183 value).
Bench Warmers lures revelers with a sports-centric bar and anchors them in their seats with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pastas. Under the luminous glow of neon lights and big-game-beaming televisions, patrons can coronate their meal with an order of 10 chicken wings, cloaked in homemade blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($7.99), or accentuate an argument about John Wayne's given name with an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls ($7.99). Corned beef and grilled sauerkraut rest on palanquins of swiss cheese-topped rye bread to form palate-pleasing grilled reuben sandwiches ($7.99), and the lightly seasoned bench steak ($12.99) goes on the offense for a heavy, hunger-hitting lineup of gourmet entrees.
In Irish Bred Pub's kitchen, cooks simmer beef in Guinness and brown gravy and stuff shepherd's pies with savory meat. Patrons can dig into Irish favorites or venture beyond the Emerald Isle to taste the cajun flavors of chicken and sausage jambalaya and shrimp sautéed in cajun seasoning. On Mondays and Wednesdays, visitors belt out karaoke favorites, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take on trivia challenges to recall obscure facts, such as the name of America's current president.