Sunlight pours through Tony's Oyster Bar & Restaurant's towering windows as waiters carry plates of Cajun and creole-inspired seafood to tables. Ocean specialties from the raw bar include pecks of oysters, pounds of shrimp, and clusters of Alaskan snow crab, accompanied by kitchen-prepared entrees such as barbecue baby back ribs and buttery lobster tails. Guests can perch upon stools at steel tabletops in the casual bar area or venture onto the hardwood floors and white-clothed tables of the main dining room, as they sip wine and cocktails from a full bar. Live entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights offers diners a welcome reprieve from evenings of listening to an apartment?s rattling pipes desperately try to keep rhythm.
The Carriage House Restaurant offers a page- and head-turning menu of hearty entrees. Lead with The Carriage House's signature relish tray ($2.99–$4.99), which is a smorgasbord of pepperoncini peppers, celery, black olives, pickles, and bread. For dinner, the flank-steak beef strips ($11.49–$12.99) come delectably marinated in a piquant blend of oils and spices, and the chopped sirloin steak ($9.99–$10.99) is freshly ground and served next to a sizable mountain of onion rings. Those yearning to remember their tenure as mascot for the Detroit Claw Hands can bite into the Maryland crab cake ($10.99), featuring tender snow crabmeat lightly coated in breadcrumbs and served with homemade cream sauce. Peruse Carriage House's wine and beer menu and flush down scraps with a glass of the light-bodied Bogle Sauvignon Blanc ($6) or the Asheville-brewed Highland St. Terese's Pale Ale ($3.50).
Ryan's intimate, upscale surf-and-turfery lures fine diners with its gourmet starters, hearty soups, succulent steaks, fresh seafood, and other carnivorous delights. Signature menu offerings include the bemonocled oysters Rockefeller ($11.95), grouper Key West (with roasted new potatoes and fresh asparagus, $28.75), and the steak au poivre, a pan-sautéed pedestal of bovine decadence with classic cognac cream sauce ($32.95). Meal toppers include a gooey, delectable slice of southern-style pecan pie ($6.25) and caffeinated pick-me-ups such as Ryan's cappuccino (with cocoa and cinnamon, $4.95) or the sprightlier Irish coffee (with Old Bushmill's Irish whiskey, $6.95).
Jimmy's Seafood & Oyster Bar offers a vast menu stacked with southern seafood favorites and traditional hearty dishes. Delight dulled tongue buds with the wild stylings of the Malibu coconut shrimp, six coconut-battered and butterflied shrimp fried to crispy resistance accompanied by an orange marmalade sidekick ($6.99). Or give gastric baskets a bit of loving with the onion blossom, a bouquet of deep-fried glory coupled with spicy horseradish sauce ($5.99). Entrees include a homemade crabmeat-stuffed flounder ($14.99), a full pound of snow crab legs ($16.59), and bowtie salmon pasta ($12.99), which has little in common with the time you used fish scales as buttons on formal wear. Sea discriminators will want to try the half-pound cheeseburger ($6.99), the teriyaki chicken ($10.99), or the southwest chicken pasta, where linguine, roasted corn, and blackened chicken collide within the velocity-resisting medium of creamy Cajun parmesan sauce ($12.29).
The best way to fuel a night of fun at Smokin' Grooves Bar and Grill is with drink specials and plenty of bar eats including mozzarella sticks, jerk-chicken tacos, cheeseburgers, and wings in more than 20 sauces. The sleek, low-lit bar supplies mixed drinks and beer, which patrons can sip while perched on black bar stools facing overhead TVs or red couches sprinkled throughout the space that set a lounge-like vibe. The kitchen often stays open late, refueling guests during nightly events such as poetry nights, open mics, and dance parties featuring live performers.