A family-owned eatery passed down through several generations, The Beacon Tavern fits right in with the historic neighborhood it resides in. The tavern's owners and proprietors, all of whom still live nearby, emphasize that close-knit atmosphere as they serve recipes made from scratch and meats hand cut on site.
Aromas from double-cut pork chops, north-atlantic salmon, and pale-ale-battered cod fill the air as 16 draft beers and a lengthy selection of reds and whites dazzles palates. A kids' menu keeps energetic youngsters occupied with built-in games and helpful tips for convincing parents why they should be emancipated.
The tavern's main dining room accents steaming plates of food with exposed brick walls and tall wooden booths. In warm weather, The Alley seating area features alfresco dining with sights of the South Plaza neighborhood and mischievous birds dropping gum into the hair of passersby. Meanwhile, parties and meetings convene in the upstairs Monk’s Loft area.
Burgers reign supreme at Fred P. Ott's, gracing the extensive menu donning both classic and specialty cloaks of accouterments. The hickory burger comes topped with barbecue sauce and smoked bacon, and the Texas variety charms tongue buds with thick accents of chili, cheddar, and onion bud (both $7.99 for 1/3-pound, $9.60 for 1/2-pound). "Ott" dogs, prepared with Black Angus beef, offer an upscale take on the ballpark classic. Try the original Ott with lettuce, tomato, and pepper relish ($6.29), or the Spanish Flyer with chili, nacho cheese, and scallions ($7.29). If you'd like to keep your meal as light as a globetrotting eccentric's hot air balloon, opt for a garden salad with eggs, onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, cheddar, scallions, and bacon ($6.59). Sandwiches and barbecue bites round out the menu.
More than 20 years after first opening the doors to their rustic, wood-paneled bar and deli, Quintons Waldo Bar continues to blur the line between lunch and late-night revelry with a menu that couples deli-style sandwiches with satisfying bar fare. Cooks assemble a triad of Reubens stacked high with mountains of corned beef, cracked pepper pastrami, and turkey. Napkins work overtime beside the divinely messy chicken-salad sandwich, which overflows with chicken breast baked fresh daily alongside a slew of other succulent meats. Frothy ales pour forth from the bar’s taps during festive nightly events such as DJ sets, when the steam that rises from potato-bacon soup stands in for fog machines.
The brainchild of New York–native Joseph Palladino, Coal Vines Restaurant centers its Italian-inspired menu around thin-crust pizzas crisped inside a coal-fired oven. Chef T.J. Stack applies his years of culinary expertise working at the landmark Savoy Grill to Coal Vine Restaurant’s menu, which pairs its retinue of cheesy pies, pastas, and sandwiches with an extensive assortment of merlots, cabernets, and chardonnays freshly squeezed from the grape’s udder. The omelet and pancake stations erected during Sunday brunch augment the eatery’s Italian offerings with classic midday fare washed down with seasonal mimosas served by flute or carafe. Daily grinders can unwind during weekday Winedowns, which offer select glasses of wine for $5 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.Wine bottles nestle inside Coal Vines Restaurant’s every nook and cranny, flanking floor-to-ceiling doors that give way to a breezy patio stationed between potted plants and black fencing. In the dining room, floors burnished to a shimmering mocha hue reflect the bright red cushioned chairs that surround each table, and at night, candles illuminate the shiny marble bar laden with vino harvested from an on-site wine vault.
When brothers Derek Boone and Dustin Craighead made the leap to restaurant ownership from backgrounds in the electronics industry and tattoo-parlor business, they probably didn't guess that they'd be serving some of their signature dishes to Guy Fieri. Their rustic, roadhouse-like gastropub, Swagger Fine Spirits & Food, was featured in an episode of the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Fieri looked on as Chef Jerry Forness prepared the tempura-battered suribachi burger, which sizzles the taste buds with hot asian mustard and sriracha chili sauce. After he took a bite, Fieri noted the crunchiness of the tempura and the piquancy of the wasabi coleslaw, saying, "That is a lot of flavor, man." Of the chili made with Flying Monkey Amber Ale, the gregarious foodie murmured, "Mmm. That's a meal right there, dude."
The episode also showcased dishes such as the hot wings and a pulled-pork sandwich made with smoked pork shoulder and handcrafted barbecue sauce. Patrons balance out the spicy, savory flavors with close to 50 draft beers and more than 50 types of whiskey—about the same variety you'd expect in Hemingway's liquor cabinet.
Shane Hampton knows that grandmothers always know best. So when he felt a little nervous about going to cosmetology school, he only needed to look back on and remember the passion his grandmother, a lifelong hairstylist, had for the job to remember that beauty is in his blood. More than eight years later, he is still sharing his family’s desire to help others feel good about themselves. As a color specialist and master stylist for men and women, he cuts, colors, and styles hair, helping create a confident being below the strands. And, to ensure that newfound confidence comes without sacrificing hair health, he favors products from Unite, Davines, and Ref, which are all free of sulfates and margarine.
Behind its Parisian-style storefront, Westport Café & Bar serves an eclectic menu of elegantly prepared French and American dishes alongside an extensive collection of flavorful libations. Scrumptious hors d’oeuvres such as baked ricotta with goat cheese and truffled honey ($9) prep palates for further culinary exploration. For the main course, select Westport’s seared tuna sandwich with ginger aioli ($11) or seasonal specialty of spring pea ravioli, with pasta pockets of spring peas, ricotta, and herbs de provence served in a lemon brown butter sauce ($9). Smatterings of sage, pepper, and parmesan flavor the savory pasta au poivre, which, like the Archduke of Brunch, is crowned by a fried egg ($13). Wash it all down with potent potables such as a champagne cocktail ($8) or the house’s specialty Harvest in Jalisco cocktail, an amalgamation of tequila, agave nectar, sweet corn, and rhubarb bitters ($8). Boulevard Tank 7 Ale ($5) flows freely from Westport’s tap, and Parisian strongmen meticulously pump out each french-pressed coffee ($4).