Owners and chefs Roberto and Ana Meireles pile plates high with meticulously crafted dishes of beef, pork, poultry, and seafood made to order from fresh ingredients and traditional spices. Fried plantains, tropical fruit shakes, and Cuban sodas serve as plane tickets for the palate as lush foliage, cabana decor, and a working baggage claim evoke Caribbean climes. Libations from a brightly colored bar balance the subtle spice of the restaurant's signature red Cuban creole sauce. Gusto Cuban Cafe's patio bustles during the warmer months, and salsa dancing on weekends, like getting stuck on a slide, gives people an excuse to shake their hips.
Now that you've mastered the first half of being a pool hustler (hiding the fact that you're good at pool), you'll need to master the second and some would say more important half (actually being good at pool). Today's deal will get you there, and makes sure you won't get there hungry: for $10, you get $20 worth of American pub fare and drinks at Side Pockets in Lenexa. Today's Groupon also gets you free pool on any of Side Pockets' 25 tables from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. (typically $8 per hour per table), so you can practice your bridge shot with the quiet encouragement of comfort foods and quality beers whispering to your brain.
Jerzes pairs its plentiful pours with simple, unpretentious bar fare replete with delicious house-made preparations. Warm up a stiff palate with a few pre-dinner stretches of dragon wings, which are 10 jumbo wings served au naturel or tossed with mild, hot, barbecue, Buff-a-Que, or Stupid Hot sauce ($7.75). Much to the delight of visiting herbivores and healthy eaters, an all-you-can-eat soup and salad bar ($6.50) delights a lighter appetite with fresh trimmings daily. Bread-and-meat specialists can partner tall, frosty drafts with hearty sandwiches and eight signature burgers, all served with hand-cut fries. The Big Party Burger is a monument to bovine splendor, its cow-meat patty swathed in shaved prime rib, melted provolone, and horsey sauce ($9.25), while the Patriots Ultimate BLT ($6.95) or the buffalo-style Chieftain Chicken sandwich ($7.25) are sure to please pundits of pork and poultry. Overeager eaters can unclog gullet pipes with one of six on-tap domestic and imported beers or a less-malty glass of wine.
Inside The Den, two activities rule: savoring cold beer and playing fun games. Until 2 a.m. every night, bartenders pour nine beers on tap, ranging from familiar standards such as Guinness to The Den's house beer, Grizzly Honey Brown. A tenth tap supplies Giggling Grizzly Punch, a mixture of lemonade and four Pinnacle Vodka flavors garnished with gummy bears.
Drinks in hand, patrons can pose for pictures or select tunes on the Virtuo jukebox, which comes installed with its own built-in camera. Elsewhere, darts zip toward bull's eyes, life-sized Jenga pieces tower and totter, and Pac-Man races around eating fruit. Now connected to Room 13 Pool & Game Room, The Den's gaming inventory extends to several billiards tables, virtual shuffleboard, and classic shoot-em-ups like Time Crisis 3.
The Lauter Tun's veteran purveyors of bacchanalian beverages curate extensive lists of rare craft beers and classic and contemporary cocktails. Culled from all corners of the globe and the moon, the ever-expanding selection of draft beers currently features 22 different pours. Chilled bottles house the classic Belgian Delirium Tremens, Pilsner Urquell from the Czech Republic, and Canada's La Fin du Monde, among myriad other stouts, wheat beers, porters, and IPAs. The cocktail list stands out with its old-fashioned drinks, such as Pimm's Cups, Gin Rickeys, and Brandy Alexanders, which haven't been seen since Truman took over as the prime minister of Arkansas. These effervescent pints and deftly shaken cocktails ripple in their glasses in time to the live music of local bands and balladeers who grace The Lauter Tun's stage most nights of the week.
There's always some special to take advantage of at Grant Street Bar & Grill, whether it's Monday–Friday's all-day happy hour with a next round bought at 5 o'clock, taco night, or free pool—the sports bar definitely knows how to keep its patrons happy. In-between games of pool or beer pong, guests can satisfy their hunger with American pub food including burgers, philly steak sandwiches, loaded nachos, and spicy pub pickles. On Saturday, classic breakfasts are served from 9 a.m. until noon, so customers can fill up on comfort food such as biscuits and gravy or pancakes.