Located near Quinnipiac University, Side Street Grille silences grumbling stomachs with a hefty menu of American comfort fare. Hungry patrons can fuel up before Monday-night raves with dishes such as Dave's Favorite turkey Sangawich, complete with grilled turkey breast, roasted red peppers, and swiss cheese locked away in a portuguese roll and protected by a battalion of fries or a baked potato, pickles, and coleslaw ($9.99). Big Ted's all-purpose grilled pizza presents a halo of grilled barbecue chicken, bacon, and onions topped in a trifecta of soul-warming cheeses ($11.99), and the Black Jack burger loosens up tongues sans casino drinks with a peppercorn and Jack Daniels–infused burger ($9.49).
Head Chef Jason Ruocco puts an eclectic spin on modern American cuisine, tickling palates with the tastes of fresh, seasonal ingredients and global flair. The lunch menu boasts veggie and protein-centric salads, as well as hearty sandwiches perfect for accompanying noontime stomach arias. The dinner hour reveals a host of Asian-inspired starters, such as pork potstickers ($7), pan-seared and served with ponzu dipping sauce, while beef short rib ($22) and mac n cheese ($16) entrees expose Taste’s classic American slant. Tipplers can pair their meal with happy grape tears from Taste’s extensive wine menu. Elegantly unassuming, the restaurant’s interior offers comfort and style with minimal distraction from the delicious flavor combinations awaiting intrepid tongue buds.
SBC Restaurant & Brewery lines up an inviting smorgasbord of comfort food to be devoured alongside an arsenal of brewed on-site beers. Take in the expanse of the appetite-assassinating lunch menu (served from 11:30 a.m.–3 p.m.) and try not to set off the fire alarms while your head smokes with indecision before easing yourself in with the SBC calamari, which comes prepared three ways: crispy with marinara and rémoulade, fried with hot peppers and artichoke hearts, and sticky with a sweet chili Sriracha glaze ($6.99). Follow that up with the crispy chicken salad, festooned with mandarin oranges, grape tomatoes, gorgonzola, and honey white balsamic vinaigrette ($12.99), or the margherita pizza topped with sliced fresh tomatoes, garlic, mozzarella and basil ($10). SBC burgers are 8 ounces of natural custom-quality beef served on a handmade roll and topped with american, provolone, cheddar, swiss, fontina, or mozzarella cheese ($7.99).
Dino's Seafood's culinary experts have been culling sub-aquatic ingredients to build a menu of tasty seafood for 43 years. The jumbo-shrimp cocktail harmonizes with the maryland crab cakes ($6.95 each), and the rhode island and new england clam chowders play a baseline of hearty flavors ($3.25/cup; $3.80/bowl). A briny band of fried seafood dinners unites with french fries and coleslaw ($9.50–$19.95), and a cadre of baked and broiled fish dishes swagger from diner to diner, presenting a choice of two sides ($13.95–$19.00). Chefs construct the surf ‘n’ turf out of an 8-ounce steak, a surfboard covered in artificial grass, and a choice of fried scallops, shrimp, or clams ($16.95). While sailors dine on the fruit of the sea, landlubbers nosh on an assortment of sandwiches, burgers, and hot dogs ($2.05–$12.20). Guests can park walking apparatuses in one of Dino's booths or chairs, which, like boxing matches held at Bed, Bath & Beyond, are cushioned.
The Playwright's menu of Irish and American fare takes center stage seven days a week, sharing the limelight with amicable service and a rotating lineup of live Irish crooners. Whisked from kitchens by a Samuel Beckett impersonator, an authentic slew of Irish specialties includes an aromatic corned-beef-brisket-and-cabbage platter ($16.95) alongside a Guinness stew teeming with tender lamb, root veggies, and a stout broth ($18.95). A spread of signature burgers sees sizzling 8-ounce patties flanked by piping panoplies of fresh ingredients between their buns ($11.95 each).