The Associazione Pizzaiuoli Napoletani only honors the most authentic Neapolitan pizza with its seal of certification. The pies at 5th St. Pub make the cut. Perhaps it’s the dough recipe penned 150 years ago. Or maybe it’s the fresh veggies and imported Italian meats and cheeses that chefs pile on top of the menu’s traditional and creative pizzas. Regardless, a slice of margherita or bruschetta pesto pizza complements a craft beer or glass of wine.
For more than 12 years, Rivalrys has charmed palates with a range of bar cuisine at its neighborhood grill. Along with soups made from scratch, chefs whip up classic bar bites such as chili-topped nachos, philly-style cheesesteaks, and six types of burgers with pretzel buns. Offerings from the breakfast menu wake customers up more gently than dreams about The Simpsons getting canceled, and daily specials such as Burger Mondays and Taco Wednesdays give them the chance to fill up while maintaining a budget.
Landmarks of standup for decades, Connxtions Comedy Clubs remain mainstays for up-and-coming comics and national stars, with a roster of past performers that includes Sinbad, Drew Carey, Tim Allen, D. L. Hughley, and Rob Schneider. Headlining comedians, many seen on national television, keep the venues teetering Thursday–Saturday nights, whereas Wednesday nights host improv spectacles and open mics where rookies can begin their ascent into stardom or descent into miming. While refueling chuckle tanks, duos and groups can split a savory appetizer, such as cheese bread or chicken wings, or enjoy a potent cocktail at the bar.
Legendary chanteuse Stevie Nicks fulfills the fantasies of her loyal legion of fans, blessing the air with her golden voice as the In Your Dreams tour takes flight. Harmonically and fashionably inimitable, Stevie’s never-ebbing career has entered its latest chapter of acclaim as new generations discover her skilled storytelling, indomitable voice, and the fact that music fits in earholes. In support of her first studio album in 10 years, the acclaimed In Your Dreams, Stevie enables devotees craving a Nicks fix with a tapestry of future classics and seminal solo anthems, sometimes including hits such as “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen.” Casual fans, lifelong fanatics, and hopelessly lost package-delivery workers will spiritually cuddle with Stevie’s tranquilly maternal voice, becoming increasingly mesmerized as a vibrato opens temporal loops and makes space-time continuums weep.
Owner Joe Skaff is well aware that Star Bar and Grille is off the beaten path. He doesn't begrudge its hideaway status, however—it lends the venue an air of exclusive mystique and allows for the two criteria he demanded when planning the place: ample parking and an impressive patio. In the spring, diners can embark past a wall of glass to sit outdoors, snacking on inventive flavored-fare. Their tables might host servings of pulled-pork quesadillas, a seared-tuna salad, or the popular surf 'n' turf tacos: grilled shrimp and flank steak in separate tortillas, divided by yellow rice and black beans.
Inside, a parade of televisions and low-hanging lights glint above the sunken bar. The walls behind them sport contemporary art in the form of undulating red panels, matching the lava-like color of the lamps suspended over nearby booths. These illuminate the weekend crowds drawn by DJ Matt Lewis, who reverberates the space with music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Weekdays, on the other hand, schedule a more relaxed scene of solo artists to supply dinner dates with catchy songs and one-man conga line performances. Star Bar’s ambiance is one of vibrant modernity, with inventive meals to match the crisp decor.
While lots of barbecue places offer chicken, the staff at Jed’s offer a slightly different experience than your classic drumsticks and legs. Instead, they’ve created a menu revolving around their signature Fireballs, which are boneless, skinless chicken tenders molded into balls and drizzled in sauces and toppings of choice. The menu features 10 distinctive sauces, creating gooey American eats such as Carolina balls topped with pulled pork, coleslaw, and cheese, or Cajun balls layered with provolone cheese and Cajun spices. The rest of the menu continues to utilize these sauces and toppings, with chefs using them to add flavor to coney dogs or create juicy burgers and barbecue sandwiches.
The smallest Jed's BBQ and Brew around, on Holland Sylvania, has an large, but intimate patio, and treats guests to feasts of hearty, homecooked pub food and neighborly camaraderie in a family-friendly atmosphere. Patrons watch sports over frosty beverages, or celebrate the bar and grill's fifth anniversary with burgers and beers on the patio.