There's never a dull moment at Blue Ribbon Tavern. A colossal beer menu filled to the brim with craft and mainstream brews is a welcoming complement to the hot wings, which arrive covered in a choice from 10 different sauces. The bar also boasts a curated selection of whiskeys and bourbons. The menu features burgers and sandwiches, which are not only delicious, but convenient for those who accidentally left their monogrammed forks at home. Once patrons have conquered their appetites, they're ready to conquer the stage?on Karaoke Thursdays, at least. On Saturdays, the Tavern hosts live music.
You know you have a popular menu item when more than 20,000 of it gets ordered every week. At T.K.'s American Cafe, that menu item is its wings. The restaurant's specialty is offered in 52 different sauces, which range from no spice to so hot the devil himself can't stomach it. The wings pair well with the 40 beers on hand and the sports events flickering on 30 HDTVs.
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.