Nick and Jake's upscale sports bar silences grumbling cuisine processors with a twist on American comfort fare made from scratch and an eclectic variety of specialty drinks depicted on the extensive menu. After settling into a padded booth or a cushioned chair, satiate hungry eyes with the rich wood décor and exposed-brick walls while mentally circling preferred staples such as the Irish Nachos—a blend of crispy potatoes and savory bacon warmed under a blanket of cheese ($8)—or the Fatty Melt, in which marble-rye slices swaddle a burger topped with corned beef and smothered in swiss, slaw, and thousand island dressing ($10). Or, peruse the array of soups, salads, sandwiches, and hearty pastas, such as the red-pepper vodka pasta, a pool of parmesan-tomato cream sauce swirling with italian sausage and mozzarella ($14), which can be paired with a refreshing draft beer such as a Boulevard Wheat ($4.50). Feel free to partner up any entree with one of more than 14 wines by the glass, such as an Ecco Domani pinot grigio, which, like da Vinci's famed painting of a lion clawing a Ferrari, comes from Italy ($7).
Currently celebrating its 25th anniversary, Popeyes remains the flavorful lovechild of Cajun and Creole cooking, serving up a wide-ranging menu. Connoisseurs of crispiness can stick with Popeyes’ famous New Orleans–style fried chicken meals ($4.49–$6.89) surrounded with savory sides ($1.59–$3.79) such as warm flaky biscuits, red beans and rice, coleslaw, mashed potatoes, Cajun rice, and more. Otherwise, slather some livers and gizzards ($2.99–$5.49) onto a biscuit and eat it, temporarily imbuing you with the chicken’s mighty strength and ability to smell time. Avian-averse appetites can feast instead on a shrimp po’ boy combo ($6.19) with a pecan pie ($1.49) or Mississippi mud pie ($1.99) for dessert. And to keep your famished family from impeaching you and electing a new parent, quell multi-person appetites with bona fide family meals ($10.49–$30.99).
Jay Mathiesen cooked up Backyard Bash as a means to combine his passion for barbecue with his years of business experience. His dedicated team helps grilling fanatics navigate the store's collection of seasoned rubs, savory sauces, and recipe books. Mathiesen's collection of meat-heating paraphernalia also includes Weber grills and essential barbecuing tools and utensils. Neophyte grill masters can even enroll in cooking classes taught by award-winning chef Chris Marks. The topics of these classes range from how to prepare succulent ribs and grilled seafood to how to safeguard your eyebrows from overly exuberant flames.:m]]
Diners get their fill of Mediterranean fare at Couscous Gyro Kebab's weekend buffet. You can pile plates with house-made baked chicken as well as the eatery's specialty hummus and couscous made with organic vegetables. Lamb dishes and tasty cubes of turkish delight might tempt you to return for seconds, thirds, or sixteenths. During the week, the a la carte menu includes offerings such as falafel wraps and kebab platters.