Ingredient craftsmen at The Dog House forge a menu of hearty pub favorites to fuel local revelers as they bust moves to live music. The chicken-bacon wrap ($7.45) coddles poultry-loving palates, and the Fire Hydrant burger ($8.95) combines buffalo sauce, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese to revive tongues that suffered through trendy crushed-ice diets. Sausage savants can top Nathan’s world-famous hot dogs ($3.95–$6.45) with cheese or chili to re-create bun-hugged Americana. Bottles of Sam Adams ($4.75) compete for prime, teeth-fenced real estate with draft brews such as Fat Tire ($4) and drink specials including $4 Crown Royal on Fridays after 10 p.m.
Riley's Pub & Grill is known for its barbecue ribs, which the chefs cook slowly until the meat falls off the bone alongside piles of cole slaw and seasoned potato wedges. They also pile burgers and pizzas with unusual toppings, such as pulled pork and pickles. The relaxed bar amps up during special events, including live music performances and bingo nights.
In 1962, Lawrence William Yanz opened Hastings Bierstube, where he dished out German delicacies such as bratwursts, Reubens, and 6-ounce sirloin steaks. After his passing in 1983, his sons, Jim and Mike, started two new locations before forming a fourth with a family friend. The sons expanded Hastings Bierstube’s already extensive menu, introducing the Taste of Deutschland sampler platter, which features a selection of wienerschnitzel, sauerbraten, and house-made spaetzle.
Along with slinging authentic cuisine, the owners send lucky diners on vacations to Germany during giveaways, which fall on special occasions such as Oktoberfest and David Hasslehoff’s half birthday. For visitors remaining on American shores, the restaurants host weekly events, including bingo, open mics, karaoke, and live music.
At Macaluso’s Roadhouse, chefs hand-toss dough and simmer house-made tomato sauce before decorating pies with a variety of 16 toppings. Slices piled high with pepperoni, sausage, and bacon bits exercise, and a disk covered with mushrooms and green peppers offers a delicious visual device to teach younger siblings about fractions. A punch card for a fleet of 10 14-inch pizzas lets patrons savor cheesy bites in multiple visits with different groups of friends and family. Mouths munch as hands line up chips on Bar Bingo Tuesdays and shuffle cards on texas hold’em Sundays, and the live musical stylings of Tim Sigler drowns out the sound of chewing in ears on Thursdays.
Chef Dennis Lewis of Ursula's Wine Bar & Cafe draws from his cornucopia of seasonal produce, sourced from local farmers, to craft his monthly changing menu. It’s a menu that has earned OpenTable Diners' Choice Awards for "Best Food" and "Best Overall" experience. In the kitchen, Chef Lewis chops greens from local producers, including Twin Pine Farm, Grandmas Bakery, and Pine Tree Apple Orchard, to toss with blueberry-balsamic vinaigrettes and curried, creamy coconut dressings. His monthly updated menu has included appetizers such as goat-cheese gratin with sun-dried tomatoes and spicy red-pepper hummus with warm flatbread. The kitchen team also prepares entrees that are seasonally inspired, like reindeer lawn ornaments and air-conditioner window decorations. An example of this seasonal food is the pork loin rubbed with ancho-chipotle chili and served with pumpkin mashed potatoes and bacon brown butter. The dining area accommodates 39 guests, meaning there are more than three times as many varieties of domestic and imported wines—150 to be exact—as there are guests at any given time. There’s also an outdoor patio, where wine flights can be sipped while plane flights sip the sky overhead.
Wayfarers recline among plush furnishings and soothing décor while inhaling the pleasant vapors of The Hookah Hideout's 50 shisha flavors. Pack pipes with exotic tastes including strawberry, coconut, or chocolate mint before turning attention to action unfolding across the lounge’s myriad in-house board games. Split a single flavor between two people ($20), or call in a second hookah for a tasty combination ($25) and admire the room’s tastefully dimmed lighting or debate the etymological origins of the word “Yahtzee.” As patrons puff, the lounge’s wait staff ventures from table to table with menus of bottomless gourmet coffee ($4), and vending machines dispense hunger-busting snacks.