Bucks Tavern combines the atmosphere of a cozy neighborhood sports bar with the menu of a locally minded gastropub. Start with an order of crispy potato skins—stuffed with cheese, bacon, and scallions, and served with sour cream ($9)—or a bowl of Bucks' homemade beef chili ($5) before tempting your taste buds into swimming up-tongue with a grilled-salmon salad (baby spinach, provolone, tomatoes, candied walnuts, and hard-boiled egg, topped with Atlantic salmon, $13). A hand-breaded, all-natural whitefish sandwich ($8.50) will satisfy lunchtime customers who suspiciously resemble a flock of seagulls in a trench coat. Even pub staples are delivered with an upscale twist. The grilled cheese showcases creamy havarti, tomato, fresh basil, and a drop of honey on a pedestal of wheatberry toast ($7), and Dan's burger tops a hand-sculpted beef patty with pepper jack, bacon, fried-onion straws, and a drizzle of barbecue sauce ($8). All sandwiches come with a side of Bucks’ slaw or seasoned fries—the raffish, fast-living, smooth-talking brother of waffle fries. A children's menu, meanwhile, delights toy-humans with favorites such as sliders, chicken fingers, and mac ‘n’ cheese, all served with a side of fries.
A full-service cupcake bakery, SugarPlums offers more than 20 cupcake varieties that aim to awaken the child within and give him or her a frosting mustache. Sample flavors ($2.95 each, $30 per dozen) such as the coconut cream pie, white-chocolate raspberry, snickerdoodle, mint chocolate, cookies ‘n' cream, nana nana bo bana banana, and mocha latte. Best of all, cupcakes come in practical sizes that don’t necessitate the use of a sextant and TI-83 calculator to cut into properly sized cake slices.
The Blind Moose's menu boasts handcrafted fare consisting of only fresh ingredients. The burgers at The Blind Moose come stuffed with their own decadent toppings; the Texas Cheddar Bacon and Barbecue and the Stuffed Blackened Bleu and Cajun (both $8) are popular pregnant meat patties, while the vegetarian-friendly black-bean burger ($8.50) fills its tauntaun's herbivorous belly with a Han Solo of legumey goodness. You can also dip into the wonton-wrapped, deep-fried provolone stix ($6) or pillage a generous pile of french-fried potatoes tucked cozily beneath a steaming blanket of chili and cheese ($5). House-made soups and salads will satisfy the health nut or marmot in your group, while an ample selection of basket-nestled bar favorites such as the buffalo chicken wrap ($7) and the Pier 7 fish sandwich ($7) offer a savory counterbalance.
Blue Chip Cookies’ delectables have sated the toothsome taste buds of dessert-deprived sugar mongers for more than 25 years. The handmade chewy rounds are concocted with real butter, premium Guittard and Ghiradelli chocolate, and pure cane sugar. Blue Chip's recipes contain no artificial preservatives or trans fats. Sink teeth into a variety of the shop’s signature cookies ($7.50 for a half-dozen; $13 for a dozen), including chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and Blue Chip joy, a tasty trifecta of coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips—all mingling, networking, and schmoozing to be the cookie’s number-one ingredient. Pint-sized confections can be paired with a sip from Blue Chip Cookies’ drinkable menu, featuring steaming cups of gourmet coffee ($1.85 for a large) made from freshly roasted coffee beans ($14 for a one-pound bag) and fruit-packed smoothies ($2.75 for a medium), perfect for cooling off scorching mouth pipes or recently-branded tongues recovering from your knitting group's controversial initiation ritual.
A Cincinnati favorite, Mio’s has been baking up their signature pizzas for adoring clientele since 1975. Their original, buttery crust is a canvas for splotches of tangy sauce, which peek through a smattering of cheese and various toppings such as sausage, banana peppers, and black olives. Before deciding on an original or stuffed pizza, guests can whet palates with an order of garlic bread of hot wings. For those who prefer personal servings, calzones and hoagies are stuffed with enough juicy meats and veggies to feed an accomplished linebacker.
The culinary team at Bite Restaurant bases its menu of gourmet American dishes around quality ingredients. To do this, Bite works with local farmers to source their fresh products and support the community. Vegetables, herbs, and fruits from the eatery’s own garden combine with seasonal cheeses and nuts to heighten the flavors cuban pork with corn-black bean salsa. Housemade salad dressings and sauces, including the sriracha mayo and basil vinaigrette, add zest to turkey burgers, and fresh salads.