Moon Dog Tavern pacifies barking bellies with a menu overflowing with appealing apps, paninis, burgers, and pizzas. Begin food conquests with an appetizer such as the portabella fries, hand-breaded and served with chipotle-cream sauce ($5.25). Swaddle tongues in the savory house-smoked pork-barbecue sandwich, piled atop a sesame-seed bun and enhanced with creamy coleslaw ($7.95), or the monterey mushroom melt, a half-pound patty cooked to order and covered in sautéed portabellas and monterey jack cheese ($7.95). Savor a hearty stromboli ($8.50) or the mexican rose specialty pizza—a tortilla-thin crust mounded with a mélange of cheeses, spicy beef or chicken, nacho sauce, and fiesta must-haves including lettuce, tomato, black olives, and sour-cream-filled pinatàs ($8.95).
The staff members at Muldoon's attribute their success to the craic, a term that they say describes the atmosphere of fun and fellowship often found in a true Irish pub. That laid-back vibe has paid off: Muldoon's has been crowned Best Neighborhood Bar by CityVoter for four years running. Washed down with an extensive beer selection, the hearty food menu stocks such Irish classics as shepherd's pie, Irish beef-and-potato stew with Guinness broth, and hand-breaded fried-cod fish ‘n’ chips. Chefs also prepare more local favorites, such as a classic Midwest breaded tenderloin that, in accordance with tradition, looks kind of like Abraham Lincoln's profile if you squint. Meanwhile, guests can cozy up by the fireplace to listen to live music or admire the antique cash register at the bar.
An all-ages destination for live entertainment, Daddy Real’s The Place doesn’t just host rollicking regional and national acts in its intimate setting, it also boasts a full kitchen and bar. There, concertgoers can peruse the menu for upscale pub dishes such as orange-ginger-glazed duck wings, Indian flatbread pizzas, and the Big Daddy burger complete with pastrami, provolone, onion strings, and a penchant for dominating the remote control. After sating their appetites, diners can groove along to live tunes on Jazz/Blues Night, workout laughing muscles at a comedy show, or try their hands at performing on open mic night.