Hunker down under the fizzling, romantic glow of neon beer signs for an evening of sports, live local music, unpretentious pub grub, and affordable drinks. The bar menu offers a classic array of meaty sandwiches, burgers, salads, nachos, and fresh pizzas with more than 10 possible topping options. Wings ($4 for six, or $7.50 for 12) can be served with five different glazes: regular, flaming, BBQ, teriyaki, and the coquettish Sassy Sauce, the newest member of the sauce ensemble. Seven-year itchers can satisfy cravings for variety with a Mill Basket (jalapeno poppers, cheese sticks, wings, zucchini, mushrooms, with pizza sauce and ranch dressing for dipping, $6.50) or Mexican Basket (five mini tacos, three mini burritos, and two taco sticks, with chips and salsa, $6). Evening eaters whose gut-Grendels cannot be slain by mere apps alone can grab a dinner plate, such as the succulent walleye ($9) or the popular seven-ounce New York strip steak ($9), both accompanied by a traveling band of potato, salad, and roll.
Resting in the shadow of the Grand Wayne Convention Center, Thirsty Camel features more than a handful of beers on tap and more than a dozen imported and premium bottled beers. The restaurant's suds selection makes for a model accomplice to its food spread, which includes such shareable munchies, such as buffalo-style wings and onion petals served with an onion-petal sauce. After warming up with some appetizers, diners can tackle homemade hamburgers and 16-ounce T-bone steaks—all while nodding to the beats of a live DJ on Friday and Saturday nights.
At Tilted Kilt, waitresses clad in eponymous garments serve classic pub appetizers and entrees while televisions broadcast sports. The menu includes bar mainstays such as fish and chips, burgers, and chicken tenders, alongside twists such as Irish nachos, which drench potato chips in cheese, ground beef, and tomatoes. Meanwhile, a variety of beers on tap include selections such as Stella Artois, Hoegaarden, and Coors Light.
Overlooking the St. Mary’s river, Curly’s Village Inn accommodates birthday parties, anniversaries, rehearsal dinners, and constitutional keggers in its party room, which comes equipped with a full cash bar and bartender. Up to 60 people will have plenty of space to mingle, break dance, or play impromptu games of musical chairs with the ample seating. Hosts are also welcome to add their own aesthetic touches, including balloons, streamers, and photo shrines to invisible friends. Although guests cannot bring their own hot food, famished merrymakers can refuel with chicken strips, cheeseburgers, mini burritos, and tenderloins from Curly's Kitchen.
A casual culinary haven peppered with sports-emblazoned flat screens and a jam-packed jukebox, Cricket's Tavern serves up a menu of fried fish, barbecue fare, and wings in a vast selection of wet or dry rubs. A Vesuvius of hot, spicy cheese erupts over the entire starter menu, and appetizers such as garlic breadsticks, nacho chips, and chili-cheese fries are all preserved beneath a flow of dairy decadence. Entrees include the tender roasted pork shanks, browned and slathered in sweet-chipotle-barbecue sauce, and the two-piece beer-battered cod, a big fish in a small pond of homemade tartar sauce. An open karaoke mic tempts would-be superstars every Tuesday night, and the jukebox spins free tunes on Wednesdays, allowing patrons to create their own meal soundtracks devoid of rhythmic lip smacks and spoon solos.
Gary Chappell knows his fish and meat. When he wasn't busy selling the freshest catches at his fish market, he was gaining the culinary expertise that helped turn Chappell's Coral Grill into the beloved destination it is today from its establishment in 1986. Now, more than two decades later, Gary works closely with executive chef Bryan Adams to cultivate the restaurant's menu of made-to-order fish, hand-cut steaks, hormone-free chicken dishes and Cajun-inspired entrees made with fresh herbs and vegetables. Guests linger in booths over lunches of crab-cake sandwiches and New England clam chowder, or sip lemon-drop cocktails with dinners of seared tuna, stuffed chicken breasts, pork chops, and bourbon-glazed rib eye. Not content with simply presenting unforgettable food, the restaurant's culinary team also presides over an extensive wine list that highlights selections from their more than 50 vintages and styles.