Overlooking the Fox River, The River Room Restaurant appeases appetites of all sizes with a mouthwatering menu of succulent delicacies. Inaugurate a dinner with friends, coworkers, or a selection of porcelain dolls with the chilled shrimp martini, which drenches skinny-dipping crustaceans in a horseradish cocktail sauce ($7). The potato-crusted cod ($14) halts hunger with a flavorful barricade, and the chicken 'n' bacon alfredo ($14) entrances taste buds with the hearty harmony of an edible Sonny & Cher concert.
Sometimes, seeing a city from the water that surrounds it gives you a deeper appreciation of its beauty. That's the approach behind Foxy Lady Cruises, a company that grants its guests sweeping views of Jacksonville from their perches on a luxurious yacht. From the various open-air decks, visitors can take in skyscrapers, bridges, and squirrels playing chess in nearby parks during dinner cruises, cocktail cruises, narrated cruises, and even weddings.
Vintage Liquid Emporium refuses to be pigeonholed by catering to a broad clientele of craft-beer lovers, oenophiles, and cocktail enthusiasts. Owners Billy Duranceau and Matt Layden crafted a welcoming art-deco ambiance abounding with beverage options and geometric shapes. Duranceau told Alex Morrell of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, "What I like to do is take a really old-school approach and talk to somebody, find out what they like and just make something up for them they’ve probably never had." For some, that is a unique, hand-muddled mixed drink. For others, it is a draft beer from local craft companies, such as Titletown or Central Waters. For wine connoisseurs, it could be a glass of Pennywise petite syrah from Napa.
At Ten O One Club, the dinners are hearty Americana—a 14-ounce Angus rib-eye with red wine demi-glace, for example, or a steamed lobster tail. Their lunches, meanwhile, hinge more on sandwiches, from an authentic philly cheesesteak to a burger with blue-cheese crumbles. The ambiance matches the menu featuring tried-and-true decor classics such as exposed brick walls, green-leather booths, and rich, dark wood galore.
Cuisine Type: Irish-American fare
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Guinness pot roast
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout only
Outdoor Seating: Yes
"Irish food is like Irish song," says St. Brendan's Inn general manager Ashley Oates, "It is simple and tasty on the tongue, while filling and wholesome for the body and spirit." And as with Irish song, it doesn't matter if the dish is traditional or contemporary. Oates says the pub's most popular plate is the Guinness pot roast—tender, slow-cooked beef served with fresh sautéed vegetables and mashed potatoes, all slathered in Guinness gravy. The dining room further extends the Old World warmth with Axminster wool carpets, stained-glass windows, and a bog snug—Irish for sitting area—replete with a fireplace. After all, as Oates says, "pub food is comfort food."
Keggers creates a lively atmosphere for casual parties and get-togethers. Its outdoor beer garden hosts live music events where patrons can sit at a wooden bar or lounge on the patio and sip a variety of beers including Miller Light, Spotted Cow, and Leinenkugel. For more intimate gatherings, the Lyric Room is available for rental as an event space with a 100-person capacity and entertainment capabilities for bands, DJs, or your fledgling mime act.