Surly Johnson Sports Bar & Grill's cooks assemble a menu of hearty pub fare, which diners fork into while cheering on their favorite sports team or battling in trivia. The fried turkey Gobbler piles deep-fried turkey, stuffing, and homemade cranberry sauce pile onto a hoagie roll ($7.99)—a traditional sandwich invented by pilgrims in the 1960s—and asian beef skewers ($6.99) spear char-grilled sirloin steak as lightly pan-fried crab cakes dip into chipotle sour cream ($8.99). Flat-screen TVs broadcast sports games as patrons perched at a long, dark wood counter bite into Surly Johnson’s signature Surly Pizza ($11.99), a pie loaded with bacon, sausage, pepperoni, and bolognese sauce. On Trivia Tuesdays, the 10-ounce Stockyards bistro steak teams up with blue-cheese butter ($13.99) to answer questions such as, "What is the capital of India?" and "Who was the first president to time-travel?"
There are all sorts of ways to have a good time at The Charlie Horse of West Bridgewater. In the bowling alley, you can send pins clattering in one of six lanes. Later, head to the arcade to play games such as skee ball, Dance Dance Revolution, and Pop-A-Shot basketball. The sports-themed restauarant onsite serves steaks, burgers, and sandwiches, which you can enjoy while watching sports events on screens scattered throughout the space. A dance floor gets lively on the weekends.
Papa John's has been popping out perfectly personalized pies 'round the clock for more than 25 years, arranging a lineup of specialty pizzas and sides on a munificent menu. Patrons can bedeck dough disks with carnivorous confetti in the form of pepperoni, ham, spicy italian sausage, bacon, sausage, beef, or grilled chicken. Golden-voiced fresh vegetables make palates swoon with a jukebox's selection of green peppers, portobello mushrooms, roma tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, onions, black olives, pineapple, banana peppers, and newly harvested 45s. Eaters can prod cooks with the click of a mouse, alerting them to special requests such as an extra layer of parmesan romano or the three-cheese blend of the asiago, fontina, and provolone. Like a popular club or an especially bangin’ fireplace store, Papa John's stays open late, making it an opportune place to stock up for impromptu pajama jams and uncontrollable sleep-feasting.
The retro sign for Tom & Jimmy's at The Star Drive-In beckons to an earlier time of diner glory with its oversize font and lone star twinkling at the top; a beacon for passing motorists looking to refuel. Here the team serves classic American food in a room that also feel like a classic American spot with its bright red counter and black-and-white checker tiles. But beyond the way things look here, it's really what comes out of the kitchen that brings locals on down. For one, cooks press each burger by hand before placing it on the grill. They also take the same care with their specialty pizzas, which can be topped with regular pepperoni and red sauce or more out-of-the-box options such as chorizo, fried chicken, and ranch sauce. Gifford's Famous Ice Cream is also a staple here and is served by the scoop or pint, the same denominations used to dispense your change.
The McMahon clan doesn't just advocate family time; they live and breathe it every day at McMahon's Countryside Grille. Owned by Mom and Dad, the kids also chip in at the eatery, a fact applauded by Wicked Local. The menu's house-made comfort food, steak, and seafood dishes welcome clans coming together to break bread or draft the new family crest. The homemade meatloaf hails directly from the McMahon's own dinner table, and is a perfect precursor to the Bliss ice cream served at an outdoor window near picnic tables.
Indoors, weekly entertainment sets the restaurant abuzz, from live local musicians and comedians on the weekends to open-mic Thursdays, when amateur funnymen test their chops and skill for fending off flying tomatoes. Each Tuesday, contestants crowd into cozy maroon booths around wooden tables and answer quick-fire trivia questions.
Chefs at Chaloos Restaurant lace dishes with the traditional flavors of Old Persia and the modern zest of the Mediterranean. Chefs stoke a charcoal fire to sear USDA-choice beef chicken, lamb, and cornish hen, which then fill kebab plates and pita wraps. They also crisp balls of falafel and toss five vegetable-packed salads. A wood-fired oven grills pizzas to a golden crisp in honor of the world’s first pizza, which Alexander the Great carved out of actual gold.