The cooks at City Tap serve up a varied menu of shareable tapas and casual entrees, and the bartenders pour an array of libations. The bruschetta's toasted garlic bread comes topped with tomatoes and fresh basil, and the Dual Major starter lets guests study a sampler of cheese and a sampler of smoker meats and then take home a degree made of cocktail napkins. Signature barbecue sauce slathers the whiskey-pulled-pork sandwich, and fresh veggies top the artisan pizza. To wet the whistle, guest can sip imported beer, wine by the glass, and carefully crafted cocktails or live, local music that plays several nights a week.
• For $29, you get any one appetizer and any two entrees (up to a $61 value). • For $54, you get any two appetizers and any four entrees (up to a $122 value). • For $72, you get any three appetizers and any six entrees (up to a $183 value).
Reports of strange sights abound near a simple brick building just off the leafy avenues of Avery Park. Some people share stories of a no-frills grill permeated by the smell of juicy steaks and charbroiled burgers, and others tell tales of a hall resounding with music from live bands, laughter, and clinking glasses. These visitors haven’t entered a time warp—they’ve simply found Jekyll & Hyde's, a pub that leads a double life as both a purveyor of hearty eats and nightlife excitement.
Named for the famous short story by Robert Louis Stevenson, the pub celebrates the author’s little-known second career as an artisanal burger chef with specially seasoned beef patties decorated with jalapeño bacon and American cheese. Visitors settle in cozy booths of tufted brown leather to munch on Mr. H's special steak sandwiches or share baskets of chicken fingers, or they can head to the full bar to fix their eyes on the drama of games unfolding on multiple flat-screen TVs. In a separate poolroom, billiard balls clack and clatter over the green felt of nine tables, and players eye their next shots over frosty glasses of beer.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
In Irish Bred Pub's kitchen, cooks simmer beef in Guinness and brown gravy and stuff shepherd's pies with savory meat. Patrons can dig into Irish favorites or venture beyond the Emerald Isle to taste the cajun flavors of chicken and sausage jambalaya and shrimp sautéed in cajun seasoning. On Mondays and Wednesdays, visitors belt out karaoke favorites, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take on trivia challenges to recall obscure facts, such as the name of America's current president.