A row of personalized pewter mugs hangs above the lively neighborhood joint Cappy's bar—one for each of the regulars who have joined the bar's Left Handed Club, which encourages its members to only drink with their left hand as they toast to the establishment's hearty American and Italian pub fare. Salmon Creek wine, draft beer, and chocolate martinis top the tables in cushy booths, illuminated by the glow of the numerous flat-screen televisions that checker the bright yellow-striped walls. The bar's interior designer eschewed oil paintings of centaurs, choosing instead to decorate the walls with a stuffed deer head and full-size motorcycle.
The pub offers an ever-metamorphosing list of specials throughout the week, including unlimited ribs on Thursday nights and bottomless fish fries on Friday. On Sunday, a bloody mary bar allows guests to customize their own brunch cocktails with sauces, olives, meats, and vegetables.
Sam's Drive-In's retro Americana envelops patrons who can satiate appetites with burgers, sandwiches, and soft-serve ice cream. Sink fangs into the menu's french fries ($1.49) and chomp into a Sam's burger, adorned with a lacy green scarf of lettuce and a drizzle of special sauce ($2.59), before washing down the American classics with the homemade root beer ($2.89 for a half-gallon). The culinary team harvests popcorn chicken ($3.99) from fried fields' ears of meat kernels, and a scrumptious gaggle of eight mini corn dogs flocks to taste buds ($2.99). Consult the ice-cream and drinks menu to design a delicious finale or to seek financial advice where few others are looking. For a frigid finale, drench soft serve with toppings, such as hot fudge or black raspberry, to construct a sweet sundae ($2.49).
Skeeter's Dog House proffers classic Chicago-style hot dogs as well as a variety of italian-beef options, chicken, salads, and sides. The wallet-friendly menu invites diners to revel in the ketchup-bereft beauty of a Chicago-style hot dog ($2.25) or enjoy the signature relish, mustard, and onions of a Chicago-style polish sausage ($3.25). The Machine Gun Kelly, a char-grilled rib-eye sandwich ($9.65), delivers a protein-packed punch, and the Bootlegger meatball sandwich ($6.95) recalls the days of cross-border marina smuggling. Fill your belly while relaxing on the outdoor patio or savor the speediness of drive-thru and takeout options.
El Burrito Loco's staff dishes out the authentic flavors of Mexico in a low-key setting, with a wide-ranging menu that accommodates ample appetites. The restaurant fills its namesake dish with everything from tongue to chorizo to veggies, whetting whistles with the baby size ($4.90) and appeasing augmented appetites with the giant portion ($5.95). The specialty dinners showcase the eatery’s eclecticism, slinging meaty chilaquiles ($5.99) or chicken flautas ($9.35) with rice, beans, and tortillas. Vegetarians can order from a meat-free menu, kinder than a tofu dinner prepared by herds of unionized cows. Tamales ($2.10 each), enchiladas ($1.85 each), and tostadas ($2.65) can brandish beans or cheese, or both in the stead of meat. Many locations of El Burrito Loco keep late hours, giving sustenance to the musicians that play hold music round-the-clock.
Offering more than 30 healthy handheld eats prepared with super-fresh produce and high-quality ingredients, Roly Poly’s menu has something to fit any discerning taste. Lunch on tongue-torpedoing sandwiches rolled in tortillas, hot-pressed panini-like sandwiches, soups, and fresh salads. Sandwiches, such as a cold Cobb chicken salad roll, chicken Caesar roll, or hot-pressed pesto chicken, are served in 6” or 12” varieties (usually $3.95/$6.25). The hot-pressed Spinach Popper with light cream cheese, baby spinach, plum tomatoes, onion, sliced jalepenos, with a side of salsa ($3.95/$6.25) soothes any veggie lover's grumbling food sack.
Stewart Pizzeria's crafty chefs hand-toss their homemade pizza dough to create flat landing pads for fresh sauce, mounds of cheese, and myriad toppings. Each of their menu's personal pies ($5+), like a studio apartment, offers the freedom to arrange toppings however you'd like within 8 inches of personal space. Diners can conceal their pizza's bareness with a blanket of meats comprised of pepperoni and sausage ($1 each), or honor vegetarian vows with fresh produce including spinach, mushrooms, and jalapenos ($.50 each). Those who would rather leave pizza creation to the professionals can match their appetites against one of Stewart’s specialty pizzas, such as the recently featured hawaiian with home-style ranch sauce, ham, and pineapple ($7). Wash down the gooey goodness with a medium soda ($1.75) or splashes from your neighbor's sprinkler, and add chips or a cookie for a combo meal ($.50 with purchase of a drink).
When it comes to entertainment, District Bar & Grill leaves nobody in the dust. Throughout each month, live musicians—from local dueling piano acts to national touring bands, like Hinder and Filter—fill District with their catchy riffs. As they play, so do sports teams on flat-screen televisions throughout the bar, as well as players racking up games on in-house billiards tables. To accompany all this visual stimuli, the grill’s cooks whip up an extensive menu of bar classics. Those range from slow-cooked pork and chipotle aioli sandwiched into paninis to wings tossed in over 10 sauces, including peanut butter and mango habanero.