Behind the brownstone façade of Cheesecake Amor Cafe & Wine Bar—a cozy eatery reminiscent of a quaint café—owners Gayle and Jeff Haynes pair signature gourmet cheesecakes and fine wines with a full menu of elegant Italian-American dishes. The warm café invites diners to curl up on a leather couch beside a flickering fire or slide their knees under polished black tables garnished by a selection of fine cheeses, pizzas, and entrees coupled with suggestions from a list of more than 60 wines. Gayle pours her passion for baking into an assortment of housemade cheesecake slices in 30 flavors, from classic New York style to liqueur and candy flavors.
Past flickering lanterns and an outdoor patio, heavy wooden rafters and a crackling fireplace give Churchill’s British Restaurant & Pub a downright Dickensian feel. From behind the wooden bar, bartenders sling an impressive collection of drinks, including 13 specialty cocktails, nine beers on tap, and 20 kinds of scotch. Complementing the suds and sips are classic British pub offerings such as bangers and mash and shepherd’s pie, alongside American eats, including meatloaf and chicken tenders that have declared their independence from the rest of the bird. Underneath hanging beer steins and a massive Union Jack, guests can lounge on leather sofas or pleasantly worn wooden chairs as soccer matches flicker on TV screens. When there’s not a match on, pub-goers can play darts or pool in the game room, listen to live rock and bagpipe music, or play trivia on Wednesday nights.
Though The Frisco Bar initially opened to provide the people of Frisco with a neighborhood hangout, the eatery is far from a typical bar. Sure, the menu is dotted with traditional bar food, such as burgers, pizza, and fish and chips, but these hearty meals also share page-space with more upscale feasts, including fish and tenderloin tacos, sweet-potato fries, and lumpia rolls packed with ground pork, carrots, and sprouts. To complement meals, bartenders pour glasses of cabernet, sauvignon blanc, and pinot grigio, and concoct nine unconventionally flavored martinis, from chocolate-covered raspberry to cinnamon apple pie. During their visit, patrons can sink into the eatery’s soft leather and velvet seating, play shuffleboard and darts, or test new pick-up lines on sports announcers broadcasted across the bar's collection 50-inch HD TVs.
Pool tables, 12 televisions, weekly poker nights, and a menu compiled of traditional Irish fare make this establishment a neighborhood institution. Start the evening with an order of Rover Nuts, breaded and fried orbs of mashed potatoes, onions, cheese, bacon bits, and jalapeños ($6 for six). A Rover Rueben piles sauerkraut, thousand-island dressing, melted swiss, and corned beef or turkey on marbled rye ($9), and the shepherd's pie tucks away seasoned ground beef and vegetables in a savory gravy-topped crust suitcase ($12). Though beverages are not included in this Groupon, Irish Rover also boasts 39 draft beers and additional bottled options.
Sigree Bar & Grill's name may refer to a traditional style of slow cooking over charcoal in an iron stove, but the atmosphere trades the classic for the contemporary. A sleek ebony bar, high-backed booths with gold accents characterize the dining room, immersing guests in a modern style echoed in fusion-influenced Indian dishes and servers who only dress in next year's fashions. Chef Mohammed Saleem Miah, who specializes in Indian cuisine, satisfies both meat eaters and vegetarians with dishes such as grilled rack of lamb over green herb sauce or bhagara baingan?eggplants stuffed with freshly saut?ed and ground spices.
But Sigree doesn't neglect guests looking for a more familiar Indian dining experience. The menu also features samosas, tandoori chicken kebabs, saag paneer, and biryani. If the lamb vindaloo gets too hot for diners, they can pause to sip a glass of wine, an imported beer, or an exotic cocktail. And its high-end appearance doesn't stop Sigree from offering $8 lunch specials that help hungry locals power through the rest of the day.