As the Nationwide Arena's shirtless, party-hearty neighbor, The Frog Bear & Wild Boar Bar hosts live music, two dance floors, and a menu of comfort foods to keep patrons nourished during a wild night of long sousaphone solos and frenetic Charlestons. Keep your lighter-waving hand open with gyros ($8.99), Buffalo chicken wraps ($9.99), and build-your-own burgers ($9.99, all toppings $0.49 each). For twice-as-tall goodness, The Frog Bear serves its grilled cheese double-decker ($8.99), while a starter of sweet potato wedges ($4.99) turns on the charm by bedazzling itself in cinnamon-sugar glitter and accessorizing with honey-butter dipping sauce. For woolier appetites, the chef recommends the Wild Boar pizza's decidedly non-kosher overload of sausage, pepperoni, bacon, and ham (small $10.99, large $18.99). And be sure to bathe your liver under one of the bar's 15 foamy waterfalls of Goose Island seasonals, Newcastle Summer Ale, and a host of other hops-juices ($4–$6).
The Tremont Tap House crafts a delicious spread of gastro-pub cuisine. Though this Groupon is not valid toward alcohol, German pretzels ($6.50–$7) befriend beverages, and artisan cheeses mingle with yeasty flavors ($12). With applewood bacon, smoked cheddar, and house sauce, the Joshua burger ($12) gets its name from its unique ability to wear dapper clothing and speak like a human. Mac 'n' cheese ($12) settles late-night stomachs with a blend of fontina, white cheddar, and parmesan cheeses.
Before meats are ready to face the crowd at Backyard BBQ & Booze, they go through rigorous preparations. Chefs rub their signature, flavorful rub onto each slab of protein, then they slowly smoke the meat over apple and pecan woods for up to 12 hours. The finished products amount to full racks of rubs served dry or slathered in barbecue sauce and pork chops covered in a bourbon-caramel glaze. Handhelds include catfish tacos and the Backyard Stacker—a trio of hamburger patties stacked with cheddar cheese, pulled pork, baked beans, and smoked slaw.
At Luanda Mexican Grill & Cantina, guests sip margaritas, homemade sangria, and Mexican draft beers as they dine on sizzling beef fajitas, crispy taco salads, and hearty chimichangas. Surrounded by copper-colored walls and homey, dark varnished wood furnishings, guests chat with friends as they enjoy lunches of grilled chicken and squash pollo yucatan, or dinners of pepper-topped jalisco steak.
Mr. Ed's Bar and Grille unites disparate American staples including burgers, philly cheese steaks, and live music. While bands such as Splendid Chaos and LoveSick Radio kick out the jams, guests can drink domestic draft beer and chew the scenery or the grilled corned beef in Mr. Ed's classic reuben. The original location has been perfecting this blend of food for the mouth and food for the ears since 1997.