From boats skimming the blue waters to sunsets of rich orange and yellow hues, the sights of Lake Monroe offer a picturesque backdrop for every meal at Nemo's Bar & Grill. Located at the Monroe Harbour Marina, the eatery fittingly specializes in pub-style seafood, from crab cakes and fried clams to sliders made with local gator. Beyond the seafood offerings, cooks assemble chipotle chicken melts, toss wings in lemon-pepper sauce, and prep snacks such as beer-battered green beans. When they're not taking in the lake views, Nemo's patrons stay entertained with a weekly lineup of activities. The night's biggest sports games are broadcast on HDTVs throughout the bar, live musicians and karaoke crooners frequently take the stage, and during weekly poker nights, players go all in on full houses or a series of cards that just look pretty together.
At 11 a.m. each day, the scents of fresh-brewed coffee and blueberry french toast begin to shift to those of homemade meatloaf and mashed potatoes at Café Perks. The quaint, country-style eatery churns out hearty meals to keep bellies warm and pleasantly stuffed all the way up until dinner, with egg and cheese sandwiches and platters of biscuits and gravy preceding lunch options such as club sandwiches and pork chops. Six types of salads satisfy lighter cravings.
Stone's Throw Bistro's menu features fresh, seasonal cuisine complimented by a warm atmosphere and fine wine and beer pairings. Starters range from light spinach salads with goat cheese, balsamic watermelon, bacon, and an onion drizzle ($7), to decadent dishes like seared beef tips ($10), or shrimp and horseradish-cheddar grits with bacon hollandaise ($10). Entrees exhibit an equal fondness for elegance, inventiveness, and down-home comfort, from belly-warming seafood pasta with chorizo, smoked poblano, chipotle, and garlic butter ($19), to pork tenderloin with smoked corn, tomato and chipotle potato salad, and citrus cilantro butter ($18). Filet mignon ($23), NY strip steak ($22), and sirloin ($19) are prepared to order with your choice of sauce, side, and cool sunglasses. Each night, the chef whips up an Italian dinner special using fresh ingredients from the market (price varies). The friendly servers at Stone's Throw undergo rigorous taste-bud Pilates training, and will happily share their expertise to help you make core menu and drink pairing decisions.
Burger Bar's menu entices empty stomachs to fill themselves with flame-broiled burgers, chicken dishes, and salads bearing cocktail-inspired names. Park your hard-working body and sip a Mojito burger with pepper-jack cheese, guacamole, and caramelized red onions ($5.99), or heighten your international allure by ordering a Dirty Martini burger, with blackened beef, crumbled blue cheese, red onions, and black olives ($5.99). Guests can build their own burger ($5.99) before loosing their famished teeth upon the grilled chicken, sliced apple, provolone, and caramelized onion that comprise the Appletini chicken ($5.99). After a long, exhausting session of biting, chewing, and swallowing things, finish off your meal by gargling the ABCs through mouthfuls of domestic ($3.99) or imported ($4.99) beer.
Scruffy Duffers slings delicious draughts and delectable dishes in a laid-back atmosphere festooned with unique souvenirs and wall-mounted TVs constantly tuned to myriad sporting bouts. Reward loyal bellies with a flavorful flight of freshly prepared chicken wings coated in your choice of Scruffy's homemade sauces ($7.99–$32.99). The cheesesteak topped with mushrooms, onions, and green peppers tips a ball cap to its Philly roots ($7.49), while a pair of mini beef sliders and french fries elicits precious "awws" from sentimental taste buds ($5.50). A tasty selection of gullet-pleasing wines ($4) and beers ($2.75–$3.25) quench sporty thirsts. Drinkers can luxuriate around the outdoor bar, or utilize Scruffy Duffers' free WiFi to search for photos of the legendary beard that inspired the restaurant's name.
Aromas laced with hints of creole cuisine ricochet off expanses of polished tones and drift across Monroe's Restaurant's panoramic view of Lake Monroe. Appetizers lure taste buds with a choice of morsels, including fried green tomatoes and salmon croquette, and duos can submerge spoons in piquant soups to unearth shipwrecked watercress. Cooks load entree plates with options including the sirloin steak buried in grilled red onions and chimichurri sauce. The house specialty platter presents a culinary puzzle as challenging as the Hamburglar's hedge maze by allowing diners to pair fish, chicken, or cornish hen with toppings including seared leeks, parsnips, and roasted lemon. The kitchen's epicureans also construct unique sandwiches and accent meals with á la carte sides such as roasted pumpkin with rosemary and walnuts. Displaying sweet treats tableside, the in-house pastry chef meanders around the picturesque restaurant searching for full stomachs in need of whipped-cream belts.