On Sunday at Cannon's Blackthorn, a fluid collective of flutists, drummers, and fiddlers gather around brick fireplaces and play traditional Irish music through the afternoon. They welcome all musicians into their circle, as well as the occasional Irish dancers, whose footfalls reverberate off the dining room's stone floors and wood walls. Though Sundays provide the liveliest display of Irish pride at Cannon's Blackthorn, the eatery celebrates Irish culture in more subtle ways throughout the week. Dining companions can settle into private enclaves to share a romantic dinner and whisper sweet nutritional facts into one another's ears before noshing on hearty meat stews and pot pies. Additionally, bartenders pour brews until 4 a.m. seven nights a week.
Liquid Bar & Lounge’s menu of small plates puts a tropical twist on classic pub fare. Duos or quartets can sip on a revolving daily soup, such as pumpkin (Tuesdays) or pepperpot (Mondays), or weigh down flighty tummies with wings slathered in buffalo, barbecue, garlic-parmesan, jerk, spicy, or chipotle sauce. A cadre of island-influenced fare includes conch fritters, fried calamari with cherry jalapeño, and shrimp riding a wave of guacamole on a corn-chip surfboard. Once small plates have sated their stomachs’ appetite for savories, diners can break promises to the tooth fairy with desserts such as bread pudding drenched in rum sauce, sweet spanish fritters, or slabs of red-velvet cake.
Clattering pins don't just echo across the half-century-old lanes of Woodmere Lanes during traditional open-bowl hours, but also during unique late-night events on weekend evenings. On Fridays, infectious tunes pulse from speakers to underscore X-Treme Bowling events that don't just tolerate post-strike break dances, they encourage them. Midnight Marathons on Saturday nights, otherwise, pit players against each other in a pin-crushing race for cash prizes. Tasty snacks and frothy suds from the concession stand are available all week, when players can cheer on their favorite adult or junior league.
Bahia Social Club's chefs craft Brazilian small plates ornamented with skirt steak, toasted tomato, and selections from a varied menu. Introduce a friend, date, or long-lost yearbook advisor to portuguese mussels in saffron broth (a $14 value) as you pour from a pitcher of red or white sangria. Churrasco skirt steak (a $14 value) mingles on the grill with sociable tostones and sweet plantains, as nearby patatas bravas's snappy potatoes drip with condescension and spicy aioli (a $5 value). Toothpicks cross with a rain of sparks as diners duel for bites of the pulled-pork arepa (a $12 value), which is slow-cooked over 18 hours, much like plastic army men that fall into the hands of enemy children.
Steak and seafood stand out on Minnesota's Restaurant & Caterer's inventive menu. The former includes a 16-ounce Cowboy Ribeye served with Parmesan truffle fries, and the latter includes a linguini and lobster entree with tomato-basil butter sauce. Beyond those options, guests might indulge in a crab cake BLT, a tuna wrap, or a turkey burger with avocado.
High on the wall at Your Mothers House Kitchen & Bar, large white lettering proclaims "Eat At Mothers"—a sign that welcomes visitors to sidle up to the bar or slip into one of the wide hardwood booths. Servers fill these tables with plates of steaming Southern creations, such as housemade chili-mac 'n' cheese, creole snow-crab legs, barbecue ribs, and Carolina-style pulled pork sandwiches. As a whole, the menu relies on pure ingredients such as coarse sea salt, sushi-grade tuna, and raw milk cheddar harvested from only the surliest cows. Above the tables and booths, heavy wood columns stretch up to a cavernous ceiling, against which shines light from dozens of HDTVs—including some more than 20 feet wide. The restaurant's ample space frequently hosts events ranging from live music every Friday to screenings of special sporting events from the NFL, NBA, and UFC.