As they bask in the glow of neon signs and flat-screen televisions, visitors to Cronin's Bar & Grill catch up with friends or sports teams over a menu of classic pub dishes and drinks. Sandwiches, pizzas, and finger foods alight on plates, warming up diaphragms for friendly banter or unfriendly whistling competitions. The bar pours frosty pints of favorite beers and mixed drinks as patrons crane their necks toward the sports-showing screens that encircle the room. Patio seating allows guests to take their fried pickles and meatball subs alfresco, and free WiFi keeps them connected to fantasy sports or fantasy families.
At two locations, The Other Place’s staff fires up ovens to bake pizzas, italian subs, and sandwiches to a golden brown—the color of Pharaoh’s mask after he eats a chocolate bar. Atop hand-made pizza crusts made from a 40-year-old recipe, the kitchen team layers toppings such as italian sausage, salami, and sun-dried tomatoes, lubricated by tomato, alfredo, and barbecue sauce. Submarine-shaped bread holds italian meats, veggies, and toppings. In both eateries’ dining areas, more than 50 TVs stream sports games. The Other Place also often entertains guests with karaoke—America’s most underappreciated sport, and the one with the least funding in most school districts.
Tanner’s Bar and Grill suppresses sports-loving stomachs with its menu of tantalizing pub fare and cold brews. Kick off consumption with an appetizer such as the full order of Lots-O-Nachos ($7.99) or a half-order of mozzarella sticks ($4.49). Entreewise, Tanner's deep-fried charred jumbo wings ($8.99 for 10) prove that the chicken crossed the road only to tame your taste buds, while the one-pound Maniac Cheese Booga ($10.99) places a bunk bed of hamburger patties alongside a strewn-about toy chest of fries. Meat mavens can also nosh on a pulled pork sandwich ($7.49) or filet mignon ($19.99) before further exacting dominance over dairy animals with ice cream ($1.79).
The fragrance of sizzling burgers and roasting pizzas floods Kanz's City Pizza and Burgerz's wood-paneled dining room. Chefs hand-toss signature pizzas with 13 different toppings such as pepperoni, sausage, and pineapple and pair 8-ounce burgers with freshly cut fries and hand-breaded onion rings. More than 45 types of imported and domestic beer moisten mouths owned by people or cyborgs ages 21 and up. The restaurant regales guests with weekly special events, such as Country Open Jam Night on Wednesdays, video bingo on Thursdays, and live bands at the Lenexa location on Fridays.
Featuring charming, saloon-style décor doused in lustrous wood furnishings and accented with Western touches such as raucous brawls accompanied by frenetic piano music, Dan’s Longbranch Steakhouse lures patrons into its indoor dining area and spacious outdoor patio with friendly service and plenty of horse parking. The menu is stocked with tantalizing offerings that can be enjoyed after a long day at work or as a pit stop on the Oregon Trail. Starter bites like onion straws ($6.99) and frickles (fried pickles, $6.99) tame the taste buds before lassoing them with Dan's celebrated steaks. The richly marbled 10-ounce rib eye ($15.99), tender 10-ounce filet mignon ($24.99), 12-ounce Kansas City strip steak ($21.99), and more are all grain fed, aged, cut thick, and served with toast and a famous monster twice-baked potato or side. If you prefer slightly less red meat (which in the Old West was considered being a vegetarian), sandwiches such as the Cowboy Philly Steak ($8.99) and Walt’s Pork Tenderloin ($7.99), or burgers like the super-hot Smokin' Gun Burger with pepperjack and jalapeños ($7.99), make tasty, hand-grabbable selections. While waiting for their meat 'n' eat, diners can shoot some pool while fantasizing about traveling the West as a laconic pool shark accompanied by a cartoon-shark sidekick who plays drums.
Now that you've mastered the first half of being a pool hustler (hiding the fact that you're good at pool), you'll need to master the second and some would say more important half (actually being good at pool). Today's deal will get you there, and makes sure you won't get there hungry: for $10, you get $20 worth of American pub fare and drinks at Side Pockets in Lenexa. Today's Groupon also gets you free pool on any of Side Pockets' 25 tables from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. (typically $8 per hour per table), so you can practice your bridge shot with the quiet encouragement of comfort foods and quality beers whispering to your brain.