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The ScrubOaks menu, like the restaurant itself, is paradoxically upscale yet casual—combining sumptuous surf and turf with classic comfort foods such as deep-fried pickles ($8) and homemade onion rings in boom boom sauce ($8). With a single word or telepathic shout to your server, they'll load down the black tablecloth of your table with a hearty 12 oz. rib-eye steak ($21) or deep-fried sea scallops reclining comfortably on a bed of chicken salad ($18) as news of the latest football highlights and golf riots wash over you from the restaurant's eight TV screens. Although today's deal is not valid for alcohol, ScrubOaks's regular drinks specials make it easy for patrons to partake of the restaurant's 22 beers and 18 wines.

5780 Ramsey St
Fayetteville,
NC
US

Squire?s Pub

Squire's Pub attracts patrons with British-style fare and a distinctive pub atmosphere, both of which have helped it win several of The Pilot's Best of Moore County awards, including the All-Around Restaurant and Burger categories. The Squire Pub's owners honor their English, Scottish, Welsh, and Irish ancestry with authentic artifacts and antiques throughout the establishment, including a 1719 map of Kent, photos of Trafalgar Square, and William Shakespeare's cherished childhood Nintendo. The stained glass, mirrors, and dark woods of the interior take eyes on a historical journey as patrons sip on cold pints of beer, and hanging dartboards, backgammon, and cribbage games are available from the barkeep to keep hands busy.

1720 Us Highway 1
Southern Pines,
NC
US

Strafe Gaming Lounge cultivates a casual, family-friendly setting around a simple central concept: make gaming social. The facility achieves this goal, in part, with its semiprivate gaming stations outfitted with cushioned furnishings and 42-inch high-definition TVs—as well as a roster of systems that includes four Xbox Ones, three PlayStation 4s, two Wii Us, five Playstation 3s, Nintendo Wii, and classic Nintendo 64 and Atari consoles. Video games aren't the only attraction, though: a 100-inch HD projection screen hosts gaming tournaments and film screenings. Inventive programs such as technology camps for kids and all-night gaming lock-ins provide even more ways for guests to come together.

101 S Main St.
Fuquay Varina,
NC
US

From its quiet perch on Franklin Street, Ben & Jerry's Scoop Shop slings premium fair-trade ice cream right alongside warm hand-rolled soft-pretzels from Auntie Anne's Pretzel. Friendly staffers fill cups with famous flavors such as Cherry Garcia, a smooth blend of cherry ice cream speckled with cherries and flakes of chocolate fudge. Phish Food infuses chocolate ice cream with marshmallow and caramel swirls, paying homage to the mellow tunes of the jam band Phish with fish-shaped fudge pieces that play eight-minute guitar solos. The shop was recently renovated to include an Auntie Anne's, whose pretzel professionals prepare a wide array of sweet and salty snacks, spiraling them into ornate knots with the delicacy of a grandmotherly sailor, and baking them to golden brown in full view of customers.

109 North Main Street
Holly Springs,
NC
US

Inside the kitchen at Le Mussels, chefs combine Asian, American, and tropical influences, revering seafood above all and using it to unite disparate culinary styles. Pots of mussels can arrive in a traditional broth of white wine, garlic, and butter, or in an international mélange with cilantro, Japanese sake, or spicy Italian sausage. During each mealtime rush, housemade mango salsa is poured generously over coconut-crusted tilapia while the kitchen’s grill tops teem with Angus-beef patties and tuna steaks.

Eleven flat-screen televisions surround the intimately lit dining room, which creates a modern, industrial ambiance with its high ceilings, exposed ductwork, and coal-powered napkin dispensers. As the sounds of sports broadcasts echo throughout the space, guests can visit the bar and snag a hand-shaken cocktail or a beer from the ever-changing selection of 18 domestic and imported drafts.

2016 Creekside Landing Drive
Apex,
NC
US

When Scotsman Archibald Leslie settled in Holly Springs, North Carolina, in the early 19th century, he built a 180-acre estate right by the town’s freshwater springs. These days, only the estate’s springs and main house—a nationally registered historic site known as the Leslie-Alford-Mims House—remain. But with their pub, the proprietor’s of Archibald’s Tavern make sure the settler’s name lives on as well.

The tavern’s cooks specialize in staples of American bar food, such as hot wings, wraps filled with philly cheesesteak fixings, and burgers crowned with pepper jack cheese and jalapeños. Selections from an ever-expanding beer list pair perfectly with feasts, which patrons can complement by taking in that day’s game on flat-screen TVs mounted around the bar.

5160 Sunset Lake Rd
Apex,
NC
US