“Barbecue meets beer garden” may sum up Sheffield’s, but it hardly does the bar—heralded by [Esquire] (http://www.esquire.com/bestbars/bb-sheffields) as one of the best in America—any justice. Standing at the corner of Sheffield and School and housed in the bottom floor of a three-story brownstone, Sheffield’s pulls all the stops when it comes to its two specialties. Barbecue sauce made from scratch smothers tender beef brisket, homemade sausage, and pork that chefs smoke for 14 hours and pull to order. Hand-cut fries and fresh baked cornbread complement the sandwiches and platters, as does any one of the bar’s microbrews, such as Allgash Blonde or Sawtooth English Ale. In the summer, bar-goers can enjoy their brew and food out back in the beer garden, which the Goodlife Report named as one of “America’s Best Beer Gardens”. As cold winds roll into town, patrons can escape to the cozy indoors, surrounded by brick walls and plenty of sports-casting TVs.
There may have been a time when Gene & Jude?s? fame was limited solely to Chicagoans, but in the seventh decade of this iconic hot dog stand?s existence, it appears the secret had been let out. In 2006, Gene & Jude?s was inducted into the Vienna Beef Hot Dog Hall of Fame. In 2011, the magazine Every Day with Rachel Ray named it the best hot dog stand in the country. But those in the know have been lining up for a juicy Chicago-style hot dog topped with mustard, onion, relish, sport peppers, and crispy fresh-cut fries?Gene & Jude?s? own special touch?since 1946. The no-nonsense hot dog stand has no seating, just a few wall-mounted counters where customers can stand, although diners will be tempted to devour their food before they walk away from the register. And of course, standing by the traditions that have made them famous, they refuse to serve ketchup.
Just over two decades ago, three brothers had an idea. They wanted to open a restaurant where you could get a home-style meal without dirtying your own kitchen—a place where kids, adults, and seniors would all feel welcome to unwind. They opened Elmwood Family Restaurant based on these ideals and have been striving to uphold them ever since. The chefs plate up classic diner and supper club fare from breakfast to dinner, and the bartenders pour beers, wines, and old-fashioned cocktails alike. Most of the sandwiches and entrees come with a complimentary bowl of soup, which is perfect for warming up on a cold day or filling water balloons in the summer.
The course at Bliss Creek Golf Club invites golfers to conquer its 5,436 yards of tree-lined fairways and greens buttressed by menacing water hazards and bunkers. After limbering up at the driving range or practice putting green, players send drives streaking down the first-hole fairway as cocktail-sipping onlookers casually applaud from the grill deck that overlooks the verdant alleyway. Rounds of 18 typically clock in at less than four hours, leaving players plenty of daylight for cooling off in water hazards or borrowing bunker sand for pleasant dreams that bring back the mashie niblick club.
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