Though Bud's Ale House lives up to its name—its locations boast up to 80 beer taps, more than 16 bottled varieties, and up to 60 televisions—this versatile eatery has something for everyone. As tasty brews pour from taps, including a daily special of $2 Bud and Bud Light drafts, bartenders deftly mix up top-shelf margaritas, colorful martinis, and classic cocktails. These adult libations wash down a hearty menu that spans the entire spectrum of American cuisine: habanero barbecue wings, steamed local clams, and meaty burgers are served up daily alongside gooey quesadillas and German-style bratwurst. Bud's desserts threaten to steal the spotlight, capping feasts with deep-fried Oreos and tangy key lime pie.
Shackletons has been part of the Franklin Square community for some time, but it might feel different to recent visitors thanks to new management who has redone the space and menus. The happy hour crowd is equally as welcome as a family out to dinner, and the menu reflects this open-door policy—there's chicken fingers and macaroni and cheese, but there's also pork tenderloin and baked clams. Many of the entrees have an Italian flavor with eggplant parmigiana and pasta alla vodka, and seafood is plentiful with mussels, crab cakes, and fish and chips. Those seeking entertainment with their meal can stop by for trivia on Wednesdays, karaoke on Thursdays, or a live DJ on Fridays and Saturdays.
Boulder Creek Steakhouse’s dinner menu serves up deluxe cuts of steak with all the trimmings in a casual atmosphere. Starting with grain-fed meat aged a minimum of 28 days, each sirloin ($17.99), filet mignon ($28.99 for 12 oz./$23.99 for 8 oz.), and beyond is grilled to red-hot perfection and seasoned with a double-secret blend of spices. If you already had steak for lunch, breakfast, and your coworker’s office birthday party, savor the chicken parmesan ($15.99) or the jumbo shrimp scampi ($15.99) instead. Vegetarians, meanwhile, can abide by the terms of their uneasy peace treaty with cows by noshing on a garden fresh salad drizzled with homemade dressing ($4.99–$14.99). Keep a couple stomachs open for the brownie sundae ($5.99), the warm apple tart served over ice cream ($5.99), or both stacked on top of each other. Lighter lunchtime appetites will find that the turkey burger ($10.99), pulled-pork sammie ($11.99), and grilled chicken wrap ($10.99) are all created equal and thus enjoy equal rights to a side dish of onion rings or creamed spinach.
In Judaism, the pomegranate is associated with knowledge, learning, and wisdom. It is also a symbol of righteousness because its 613 seeds correspond with the Torah's commandments. Although it's named after this ruby-colored fruit with a rich background, Pomegranate Restaurant's menu of glatt kosher Mediterranean recipes is anything but. Instead, it features dishes with subtle flavors formed with herbs, spices, and vegetables. Inside its sleek, all-white dining room with a neofuturist flair, an English- and Russian-speaking wait staff serves this understated cuisine, which includes moroccan eggplant, kebabs, and lamb chops. After enjoying their entrees, guests can order baklava, napoleons, or back-stabbing Brutuses to finish meals with sweet, sweet, revenge.
Owned by two native Irishmen, The Wicked Wolf Restaurant combines comforting culinary fare with the warm, welcoming hospitality of the Emerald Isle. Inside the cozy eatery, warm brick walls and rich mahogany woods embrace diners as they peruse the extensive menu. Meals march on hunger pangs with appetizers such as the potato pancakes, paired with applesauce and seared with medieval calligraphy from the Book of Kells. For more traditional pub fare, diners can brace bellies for a bounty of fish ‘n’ chips dipped into homemade tartar sauce. Tongues may also book passage aboard a cruise of more upscale Celtic cuisine, sailing toward succulent New Zealand lamb chops or a piping pot roast paired with red cabbage and potato pancakes and smothered in beef gravy.