Lined with more than 70 high-definition flat-screen televisions and two 110-inch projector screens, Boston Beer Garden immerses diners in 360 degrees of sports. Every seat is the best in the house, whether it’s a brown leather booth on the restaurant's perimeter, a high-top table in the center, or the bartender's lap. Behind the indoor and outdoor bars, the other barkeeps offer various microbrews and domestic drafts to complement the chefs' all-natural, home-style cooking—burgers stuffed with bacon and cheese, for instance, and short ribs braised in Sam Adams lager and Guinnes stout. To accompany nighttime happenings such as pub trivia and live music, the culinary team cooks until 2 a.m. from a late-night menu that includes deep-fried kosher pickles and sandwiches filled with ingredients such as scallions and harvati cheese.
Owner and Chef Tony Newton keeps bellies filled sun-up to sundown with classic American fare, from omelets and waffles to sandwiches, steaks, and pasta. Located near Vanderbilt Beach, Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits fuels patrons for a day of sandcastle-stomping by cooking a bottomless breakfast buffet as fresh as the alphabet’s 27th letter. A dog-friendly outdoor patio, meanwhile, conveniently allows diners and their best four-legged friends to hang out while patrons nosh on one of the day’s three most important meals. The patio and two full bars also entertain patrons with nightly events, including musical acts, poker, comedy, and Fourier analysis competitions.
At Absinthe Restaurant and Lounge, a serene atmosphere blends with the passing wafts of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine, embracing guests with the alluring airs of sizzling brunch, lunch, and dinner platters. Diners can corral a small plate of hummus ($7) and use the toasted edges of the grilled flatbread to etch confessions of frequently eating with their elbows on the table into creamy tides before devouring the evidence. Highlighted by roasted duck, grilled steak, and chicken platters, main courses ($16+) sate carnivorous cravings, and pasta fusions feature crabmeat-loaded fettuccine ($20) and linguine tossed with clams and glistening ebbs of olive oil ($18). Desserts conclude mastication sessions with selections such as a zeppoli ($7)—a Sicilian-style donut cloaked in wildflower honey and a miniature Armani suit.
Sports and eats maintain friendly relations at Mulligan’s, where a friendly staff quenches athlete admirers' hunger with a full bar and hearty menu of classic fare. Keep cheese in its proper place anointing freshly made dough with brick-oven pizza, which comes with a choice of 11 toppings and in a range of sizes including 10-inch, 14-inch, 16-inch ($6.95–$19.95), and 20-foot plasma screen. Mulligan’s burgers, served with homemade potato chips, sashay down the runway in seven haute ensembles, such as guacamole and bacon ($8.99) and mushroom swiss ($8.99).
With a patio looking out onto Venetian Bay and a menu populated with local sea life, The Village Pub celebrates the Floridian waters it calls home. Fresh from the docks, the catch of the day comes decorated on a platter with beans and rice ($14.99), on a kaiser roll with tomato and lettuce ($9.99), or on a salad with maple-vinaigrette dressing ($13.99). The Bayshore baby-back ribs fall off the bone into the mouth padded by fries and slaw ($17.99) and mocked for their clumsiness by the adolescent-back ribs. Meanwhile the veggie-flatbread salad stacks a balsamic-drizzled combination of scorched portobello, roasted red pepper, and shaved parmesan and mozzarella on top of a grilled pita primed with garlic mayonnaise ($9.99).