Black Bear Saloon roars back at growling stomachs with pub-style American eats dished out amid the cheers and jeers of an energized sports bar. Perched along the walls, more than 25 flat-screen TVs broadcast big games as diners voyage through waves of russian dressing that flow between the Kodiak sandwich's layers of turkey breast, bacon, and swiss cheese. Late-night menus keep guests content past midnight, and entertainment events, such as live shows by DJs and local bands, accompany bites while snuffing out the other senses' plans to go on strike. Staying true to its outdoorsy influences, Black Bear also offers the Cub Campfire dessert—a chance for diners to make s'mores right at their table.
At the bar, 20 beer-tap handles stand ready to tip forward and fill frosty mugs, which staffers slide alongside plates crowded with classic pub entrees. Guests can rub their molars against pulled-pork sandwiches and Cajun burgers or nibble away at Pour House sliders or cheddar nugget appetizers. Diners looking for meatless fare can graze on caesar or roasted-vegetable salads.
Tufted leather booths, exposed-brick walls, framed bear portraits scattered throughout, and personal in-booth plasma TVs. That should tell you all you need to know about Black Bear Saloon, a laid-back spot with the demeanor of a steak house and the soul of a neighborhood tavern. Settle into one of the plush booths and sink your teeth into a Chef?s Presentation flatbread pizza, indulge in a rack of seasoned, rubbed, and slow-roasted ribs, or try a burger on a brioche roll with crumbled blue cheese and saut?ed onions. Any of the above should go down well with an ice-cold beer from the bar, especially while enjoying a game on one of 15 plasma TVs or one of the in-booth sets. Black Bear also features an outdoor patio that?s a perfect place to celebrate a victory or a referee?s new haircut.
A Stamford native, Bobby Valentine made his way from All-State athlete to a professional ballplayer, manager, and analyst on ESPN's Baseball Tonight. Ever the overachiever, he went into the restaurant business more than 30 years ago, and today his career serves as the inspiration at The Original Bobby V's Sports Bar location in Stamford, Connecticut. More than 100 menu items arrive on custom handmade tables in the form of nachos, wings, pastas, and 10 signature burgers. As the beer flows from the taps, high notes emerge from its imbibers on karaoke nights.
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BJ Ryan's dishes out hearty entrees and effervescent brews in an industrial-chic atmosphere. Diners slide into banquettes or dark wooden chairs and tuck into steak sandwiches, burgers and chops lavished with sauces from ponzu to b?arnaise. Pizzas on white or whole-wheat crusts embrace decadent toppings such as truffle oil or housemade pesto, and plates of pulled pork nachos complement the dining room's rustic exposed-brick walls hung with large plasma televisions. Carved wood encircles the bar, whose inlaid mirrors reflect golden pints of house brews and the haunting stares of bottled spirits. BJ Ryan's also crafts platters of small bites, wings, and pizzas for special events, and a private party room is available for both dinner and cocktail parties