Captain Jacks pours a plethora of liquors and cocktails in a comfortable nautical-themed environment. During the liquor tasting, parched patrons receive a flight of four samples of their choice of scotch, vodka, rum, or bourbon, after which they choose a favorite based on taste, color, or flammability. The bartender blends the lucky liquor into one of several cocktails—such as the Corpse Reviver or the Scorpion—and serves it alongside a steaming, gooey 12-inch pizza. Captain Jacks is headquarters for the American Outlaws U.S. Men's Soccer Support Organization, attracting a multitude of fervent fans and bestowing the bar with boisterous ballyhoo and unparalleled people-watching. Convenient paid parking resides above the building for bar-goers that feel secure knowing their cars can be reached by ejector barstool.
The Wilds Pub's all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch of more than 40 foodstuffs will challenge even the most triple-tummied bovine-Americans. Traditional breakfast items such as gooey cinnamon rolls, pillowy Belgian waffles, and omelettes made to order can sit pretty atop a bed of steaming hash browns or seasonal fresh fruit. First-course options include an assortment of salads, smoked salmon, and peel-and-eat shrimp. If you’re of a midday meal mindset, consider more sophisticated entrees such as the chicken amaretto, seafood pasta, or honey-glazed ham, roast turkey, and prime rib fresh from the carving station. And be sure to keep your leg hollow and your sweet-tooth sharpened for homemade pastries and soft-serve ice cream.
The Cove's rock 'n' roll-infused menu fends off grumbling belly drum solos with a wealth of musically dubbed pub plates. Kick off mealtime medleys with an order of Onion Ringz of Fire ($5.95) before moving on to mouthwatering main courses. Satiation-seeking diners can delve into the Nat King Cove burger basket, a double-stacked burger appetizingly accessorized with all the trimmings ($9.95), or tastily toboggan on the saucy slopes of the Dixie chicken alfredo pizza, replete with garlic chicken and alfredo sauce on a thin, crispy crust (12", $13). Sups may be paired with sips of beer, such as Summit pale ale ($4 for 16 oz.) or a globally sourced selection of wine, such as the Italian Gionelli pinot grigio ($4 a glass, $15 a bottle). The Cove accommodates petite prodigies with a kids’ menu, sure to satisfy those who still play Wipeout on pots and pans and rock out with pet rocks.
Hosting one of the first sporting clay courses in the United States, The Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club outfits sharpshooters for afternoons of shooting sporting clays on more than 600 acres of private hunting preserve. Across five courses of varying difficulty, Promatic clay-target throwers launch White Flyer targets above sloughs, fields, and a broadleaf forest as shooters take aim or obliviously tie their shoes. During a 50-target round, several stations force shooters to fire from different angles to simulate the diversity of real-world hunting. Once bullets have shattered every sporting clay and tossed porcelain figurine, clientele can adjourn to the Triggers Saloon and Supper Club for a lunchtime sandwich and beverage.
At McHugh's Public House, eight taps pour down the sides of mugs, which bartenders twist back to leave a light crown of froth as plates of pub fare emerge from the kitchen. Potato chips plunge into cheese dip with chunks of corned beef and cabbage alongside plates of Minnesota-caught walleye. Guests set their glasses on the gleaming bar, leaving cool rings of condensation beneath flat-screen televisions and vintage Guinness signs. Outside, sun filters down past the green umbrellas, which line the patio like swaying palms that won’t throw coconuts to impress their friends.
The clatter of chopsticks and the clinking of silverware sounds throughout the dining room at D. Fong's, where diners can dig into finely crafted dishes cooked Cantonese and Szechuan-style. Owner David Fong, Jr. draws on family recipes and techniques learned while working in the kitchens of his father's Bloomington eatery, David Fong's Restaurant, which has been a local institution since 1958. D. Fong's also provides catering for corporate events, graduation parties, or the city-wide celebrations held whenever someone beats the final boss of Tekken 3.