This tavern feels like home for the staff of Gallagher's II Irish Pub, and these friends and family of the Himeses strive to share the welcome with their guests. The bright atmosphere invites patrons to stop by for a pint, a plate, and the game. A menu includes classic burgers, steaks, and shareable appetizers. Gourmet hand-tossed and New York–style pizzas serve up specialties such as the Sink, named for its plentiful toppings and antique faucet handles.
Slices and sips are shared on an outdoor patio or in spacious rooms with two full-service bars, plenty of flat-screen TVs, and a 9'x12' Jumbotron screening the biggest games. Free WiFi keeps guests in touch with both home and office, and three pool tables fuel friendly rivalries. The pub also boats a private loft space ready to host special events for up to 100 guests.
During the day, the tables at Fireside Brewhouse might be packed with parents and children alike enjoying fried catfish, spicy pasta, thick burgers, and piles of sticky pork ribs. But at 10 p.m., the lights dim, three fire pits ignite, and the cars in the parking lot revert to their pumpkin forms, heralding the casual restaurant's transformation into a lounge for patrons aged 21 and older. At a 50-foot bar, tenders mix cocktails and pour more than 150 beers and wines, which complement the menu of American, Mexican, Italian, and Pacific-inspired dishes. On some nights, revelers join in karaoke or listen to a live band, while other nights find the beats of a house DJ inspiring feet to dance. Select evenings might also feature wine-and-painting workshops that let participants explore their artistic side in a social setting.
Flavors from the Bajio region of Central Mexico add a savory twist to the south-of-the-border fare served at Bajio Mexican Grill. Traditional spices from this mostly rural lowland region besprinkle proteins such as sweet pork and shrimp sautéed in honey butter, which chefs wrap in tortillas or hide under their toques to prepare for winter. Many plates arrive at tables garnished with Bajio's signature mango salsa for a final splash of sweet.
For more than 50 years, the family-owned-and-operated Pasquale’s Pizza has been creating homestyle pizzas and Italian dishes crafted from fresh ingredients. Though prices vary by location, sides of hot garlic bread ($1.50) and a chef salad with ham, pepperoni, and cheese bathed in a dressing of your choice ($4.50-$4.80) prep the palate for an Italian avalanche. Cheese or meat ravioli ($3.80-$8.25) can stretch out the stomach enough to fit a ten-inch around-the-world pizza, which features pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, and green peppers ($9.54-$9.80). The famous stromboli steak sandwich eases through esophagussi with eight inches of Italian yeast bread hugging a beef patty, mozzarella cheese, and either mushroom gravy or pizza sauce ($5.75-$6.75). Diners can wash away the spicy remains of pizza and pasta with soft drinks (around $1.39), a glass of wine (around $3.75), or a bottle of domestic beer (about $2.25).
Simple Brew Cafe stocks its shelves with homemade bakeries, sandwiches, and Broad Ripple’s Hubbard & Cravens Coffee, and caters events with from-scratch dishes. Tap Simple Brew for a baby shower, baby birthday party, or post-game celebration for a baseball team of babies, and the Simple Brew team of culinary crafters will dole out plates for up to 500 people. Catered breakfast gatherings (starting at $5 per person) jumpstart days with biscuits dressed in signature homemade sausage gravy, breakfast casseroles, and french toast and fluffy hotcakes painted with warm maple syrup. Catered lunches ($6 per person) come bearing all-natural chicken salad and gluten-free mayo, and meals in bulk are made up of half pans of mac 'n’ cheese (starting at $15) and BBQ pulled pork, which arrives slow-cooked, marinated, and sauced in its own savory-sweet juices ($8.99 per pound).
Veteran chefs prepare Stir Crazy’s Chinese, Japanese, Thai, and Vietnamese dishes on sizzling woks right in the dining room. So while diners-to-be ponder the menu of more than 50 traditional and innovative Asian creations, they'll witness knives quartering veggies and flames lapping at the edges of the wok as the sights, smells and sounds of the kitchen come alive around them. Should your taste buds riot at the sight of all this mouth-watering action, satisfy them with an appetizer like the Ahi tuna and avocado poke ($8), a spicy stack of fresh fish and cool veggies. For main courses, choose from an array of entrees like the sweet and sour chicken, a dish featuring tender pieces of crispy chicken tossed with broccoli, red and green peppers, onions, carrots, and pineapple in a sweet and tangy sauce ($12.50). Or manage your intake with the Crazy Feature menu, which offers smaller-in-portion but towering-in-flavor classics like Mongolian beef or sesame chicken, served with a crispy veggie spring roll (all $8.88).