Boredom is a foreign concept at Stacked Pickle. From its lengthy and eclectic menu to the games broadcasted on 92-inch projectors, the dynamic eatery provides something for every taste. Diners can bite into one of nine half-pound burgers, wrap their hands around spicy-chicken tacos, or build a castle with their golden-fried fish and chips, all while admiring professional athletes run, jump, and score on one of many 50-inch plasma TVs. On some nights, live bands storm the eatery’s intimate stage, providing a soundtrack to bargoers as they take swigs from a bottle of Blue Moon or gracefully sip a glass of wine. In the warmer seasons, Stacked Pickle opens its doors to nature and encourages patrons to enjoy their meals and drinks on the spacious outdoor patio.
Our world has given rise to countless pairings, both inspired (buttered peanuts and jam) and unfortunate (construction sites and Optional Helmet Day). Today’s Groupon offers one of the better pairings: $25 worth of eclectic bistro fare and drinks for $10 at Pearl Bistro. Pearl serves classic dishes from around the world in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. Its upscale cuisine is concocted with locally grown produce and healthier oils; all the ingredients are fresh and flavorful.
Hearth-baked pizzas and pub sandwiches piled high with meat populate the menu at JD's pub, a neighborhood hangout replete with arcade games, pool tables, free Buzztime trivia, and flat-screen TVs that light up the bar with local sports action. Appetizers such as chicken or steak quesadillas ($6.88) or chicken wing platters kick-start nosh fests, and the party continues with JD's original 8 oz. rib-eye steak sandwich topped with onions, mushrooms, and swiss cheese and served on a bun of texas toast ($8.26). Slathered with pizza sauce and adorned with pepperonis, barbecue chicken, or jalapeños, the pub’s hearth-baked pizzas ($5.96–$20.18) infuse palates with the tastes of Rome as diners pick sides in televised reruns of ancient gladiatorial bouts. Daily specials draw on a wide range of culinary traditions to grace tables with hand-breaded tenderloins ($5.50), new york strip steaks ($9.17), and catfish dinners ($6.88).
The staff members at Muldoon's attribute their success to the craic, a term that they say describes the atmosphere of fun and fellowship often found in a true Irish pub. That laid-back vibe has paid off: Muldoon's has been crowned Best Neighborhood Bar by CityVoter for four years running. Washed down with an extensive beer selection, the hearty food menu stocks such Irish classics as shepherd's pie, Irish beef-and-potato stew with Guinness broth, and hand-breaded fried-cod fish ‘n’ chips. Chefs also prepare more local favorites, such as a classic Midwest breaded tenderloin that, in accordance with tradition, looks kind of like Abraham Lincoln's profile if you squint. Meanwhile, guests can cozy up by the fireplace to listen to live music or admire the antique cash register at the bar.
It’s not uncommon to spot owners Steve and Amy Ward at Nippers Grill & Tap, greeting the regulars or cheering on a game of darts. The duo takes great pride in the neighborhood atmosphere of their cheerful pub, where friends meet to swap stories over pints of frosty beer and no one feels too intimidated to take the stage for at least one song during Friday and Saturday night karaoke. Boisterous carousers compete in friendly games of pool, pausing every now and again to root for a sports team or sniffle at a heartwarming allergy-medicine commercial playing on one of the numerous flat-screen TVs. Elsewhere, tables and chairs and a lengthy wood bar host mountains of nachos, plump wings, and crispy fried pickles. During warmer months, Nippers Grill & Tap hosts games of corn-hole on its outdoor patio.
While audiences laugh it up at the rib-tickling comedians, Morty's slick performance space entertains their eyes. Eschewing the dowdy aesthetic of many comedy clubs, Morty's features sleek, modern tables and chairs and a wood-paneled bar. A full menu of tasty food, meanwhile, quells hunger while drinks and craft beers cool tongues and help keep people from spontaneously combusting.