The brewheads at The Craftsman Ale House serve up tasty fare alongside specialty microbrews, keeping with their philosophy to "drink local, drink craft." Open for lunch, dinner, and private parties, Craftsmen Ale House also treats eaters to happy hour specials, brewery events, tastings, and Beer 101 classes. Taps flow with eight rotating craft brews, and the beer list comes replete with more than 50 bottles and cans of specialty imports and domestic beers.
Four white swan statues greet visitors as they approach the charming brick-and-stone façade of Duck Inn Bar and Grill. Guests won’t find any ugly ducklings on the inside either—rather, they’ll discover a mirrored wall brimming with top-shelf liquors and a menu filled with traditional no-frills pub grub. The bar platter of wings, jalapeño poppers, chicken fingers, and mozzarella sticks pave the way for hearty mains such as philly cheesesteak, chili sliders, roast-beef clubs, and honey-mustard-slathered grilled-chicken sandwiches. To complement these classic meals, bartenders fill pints or pitchers with sudsy domestic beers.
Father-son restaurateurs Pasquale and Francesco Coli chose the name Massa' Italian Kitchen & Bar as a tribute to the southern Italian farmhouses, known as “masserias,” that line the countryside of their native Puglia, located on the heel of Italy. Their passion for the rustic, Old-World charm of Puglia permeates the kitchen, where chefs hand form pastas, chop local farm vegetables, and assemble housemade sausages. As a nod to Puglia's centuries-old maritime traditions, they also seek out fresh shipments of fish and seafood every day. Before diners embark on a gustatory expedition to Italy, servers suggest wine pairings from a list of more than 100 bottles, and bartenders mix signature cocktails with vodkas they infuse with vibrant fruits.
Today the restaurant continues to embrace its rustic roots, catering to diners and families who appreciate classic Italian cuisine and healthy portion sizes. The easy, dining-room evokes the feel of a rural cottage with its exposed-stone walls, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and woodwork, which was constructed out of materials salvaged from century-old New England barns to created a relaxed dining experience. At each table, Old-World crafted entrees steam atop white plates, while families and friends breezily chatter amid the homey ambiance to the split-level dining room and wine bar.
For some folks, 15 hours is the perfect amount of time to marathon watch a TV show or crab walk home from work. The pitmasters at D & A Smokehouse, however, put that time to slightly better use. 15 hours is exactly how long it takes for them to slow-smoke their pulled pork to perfection. Other meats, such as brisket and St. Louis ribs, require slightly less time?14 and 5 hours? respectively?only hitting the smoker after they've been smothered in D & A's secret spice rubs. Chicken wings, meanwhile, are brined in house-made sweet tea, and make a perfect accompaniment to craft beers available by the draft or bottle. And, in true old-school barbecue joint fashion, cooks also heap plates full of sides such as burnt-end baked beans and house-made, gluten-free slaw to accompany the meaty main dishes.
The flavors and aromas of Mediterranean cuisine permeate the space at Taiim Cellar, making this restaurant and wine bar a small haven of warmth and culture. At the bar, cocktails inspired by warmer climes and wines from around the world are served alongside Spanish-style small plates for harmonious pairings. Dinner features lamb drizzled with pomegranate-walnut sauce, falafel with Israeli salad, salmon in a garlicky matbucha sauce, and apricot-topped braised quail. Benches set with Middle Eastern?inspired accent pillows and low lighting add to the cozy atmosphere.
Crave's carefully crafted menus provide sandwiches, burgers, and meat and seafood entrees for lunch and dinner. Take an afternoon break from lifting paperweights or mounting executive-level tickle-fights at work with a bistro-centric selection from the lunch menu such as the chicken sandwich served with broccoli rabe and provolone cheese on a ciabatta roll ($7) or the arugula salad ($7). For evening-time noshing, kick things off with a bowl of cauliflower soup ($7) before segueing to a lightly smoked Angus sirloin steak surrounded by a red-wine-pepper sauce ($28). Suckers for shellfish can opt for the mussels prepared with either a curry-coconut-milk-lemongrass broth or an Italian ragout of san marzano tomatoes, calamari, and hot pepper. The restaurant's wine cellar boasts an impressive list of bottles from three continents.