A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
With shuffleboard, foosball tables, and 20 HD LCD TVs, First Down Sports Bar & Grill is a choice spot to catch a game or play your own. But first things first: fuel up before the big game by picking from the 40 flavors of wings that earned their way into the Washington Post’s Best Wings in the DC Area feature. There’s spicy Italian pepper wings, garlic butter madness wings, and wings drenched in a blazing fire sauce, for which you’ll have to sign waiver or provide proof of dragon ancestry in order to indulge. If things get too spicy, don’t panic; there are 20 ice-cold draft beers––and a brownie sundae––waiting to put out the fire.
The menu at Continental Modern Pool Lounge is contemporary and fresh, putting some English on dishes. Grab a sampling of appetizers like the wings (jerk, spicy, or honey-barbecue, $8.95), fried calamari with jalapenos ($9.95), and bubble bread (French-garlic-bread loaf with gorgonzola and mozzarella, $8.50). For a one-on-one dinner or tournament-stomach play, Continental offers sandwiches, salads, and baskets, so rack up a doggie basket (two beer-soaked, all-beef, grilled hot dogs with your choice of condiments, $7.95) or a crabby crabcake sandwich (with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Kaiser roll, $9.95) and incinerate cuisine cravings.
It seems quite easy to make grilled kebabs?all you need is skewers, an open flame, and hunks of meats. However, it?s remarkable how well the chefs at Kabob Bazaar prepare their tasty, charred chunks of swordfish, salmon, lamb, and ground sirloin year after year, as they celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014. Alongside their namesake cuisine, other Persian eats, such as stuffed grape leaves and beef-tongue sandwiches, which are served on baguettes from the eatery?s tandoor oven, meet diners for lunch or dinner. For dessert, guests might sample the housemade baklava or two scoops of housemade ice cream?flavored with rose water and saffron. All of the food is served in a casual dining area that features yellow walls, caf? chairs, exposed brick, and a bar adorned with three shiny, silver samovars filled with steaming Persian tea.
In lieu of buns, Duffy's Irish Restaurant & Pub's Monster Burger earns its name by piling bacon, grilled onions, and a half-pound burger between two grilled cheese sandwiches. The Washington Post profiled the beastly eat and its “calories-be-damned goodness” in its This Thing You Should Try series. Those with tamer appetites assemble less daunting burgers with a beef or homemade black bean patty served on a white or whole grain Kaiser roll. Along with burgers, Duffy's culinary team crafts casual dishes such as mushrooms fried in peanut oil, vegan pasta tossed with homemade tomato sauce, and seven wing varieties voted the city's best in 2012 by readers of Washington City Paper.
Along with the menu of daily grub, Duffy's staff supplies discounted drinks and quesadillas at weekday happy hours and hosts brain-teasing pub trivia challenges every Wednesday night. 12 flat-screen TVs throughout the bar stay tuned to the latest Florida Gators and Green Bay Packers games, a more thrilling alternative to watching looped footage of an actual gator attacking a defenseless cheese wheel. In addition to front of the house entertainment, Duffy's accommodates private soirees with a back room equipped with more flat-screens, skeeball, darts, and an internet jukebox.
Listen closely beneath the televised sports commentary, the gentle fizz of draft beers spilling into chilled glasses, and the cheers and groans attending each goal, touchdown or basket, and you'll find another sound filling the air at Ventnor Sports Café: contented sighs. To find the reason behind those softly emanated coos of satisfaction, look no further than the daily menu, carefully curated to complement enthusiastic sports fandom. Wings by the dozen, burgers made to order, and grilled tilapia tacos stave off half-time hunger pains any night of the week, while those who manage to make it out of bed before a weekend kickoff are rewarded with a brunch menu that includes bottomless bloody marys and mimosas. And to show its appreciation for sports fans, the bar also hosts regular specials on weeknights, including 50-cent wings on Mondays, half-price burgers on Tuesdays, and dunk-a-waiter nights on Wednesdays.