Presided over by industry veteran Paul Schramkowski, Char's kitchen fuses fresh ingredients with exceptional skill to produce perfected plates of classic cuisine. Open a night of decadent dining with the cornmeal-encrusted, fried-oyster crostini, a delicious, cornmeal-breaded opener topped with roasted-garlic aioli and served atop a bed of Rockefeller salad and Standard Oil dividends ($10). Next, further reward tireless taste buds with the roast-beets salad, which snuggles goat cheese and arugula beneath a blanket of pine-nut and pecan gremolata ($8), then shower them with riches in the form of ricotta gnocchi, laid alongside braised lamb, preserved tomato, chilies, and mint––all accepted forms of currency at the farmer's stock market ($18). Vegetarians looking to vanquish voracity can do so with the butternut-squash ravioli, which wisely resides within a sage and brown-butter sauce ($13), and thirsts of all persuasions can be sated with a glass of wine from Char's extensive libation menu.
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.
Olga’s Fine Dining’s menu fuses Southern flavors with Russian standards made from old family recipes passed down to its Russian-born founders. The 8-ounce Abramovich fillet, topped with jumbo shrimp and sautéed crabmeat, combines surf ‘n’ turf as seamlessly as a mer-centaur ($34). Mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella melt over a hand-cut 14- to 16-ounce Moscow ribeye ($29), and bacon, fennel, and spinach cling to salmon Rockefeller ($27).
This is the perfect place to go for those who appreciate a consistently good steak, and for those who—rightly—remain in awe of the Bloomin’ Onion. Outback is comforting and simple. It’s the sort of place where you can tell the server what you’d like and they can bring it to you— a burger and slaw, a filet mignon with mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables, or baby back ribs with extra-crispy fries. And, that Bloomin’ Onion of course. When you go to Outback Steakhouse, you know you are going to get quality, consistency, and well-fed. It is an affordable option for a delicious steak dinner in a friendly atmosphere.