The chefs at Tap House Grille wrap bacon around meatloaf, top hand-formed Angus beef patties with guacamole and roasted chilies, and put inventive spins on classic American dishes. In the dining room, flatscreen televisions hang above tufted banquettes and a handsome wooden bar keeps more than 50 bottled beers and 24 rotating drafts chilled. On Friday and Saturday nights, live music, comedy acts, and Simon Says tournaments entertain patrons, and a complimentary valet service babysits patrons’ cars.
The friendly sustenance dispersers at Two Jerks, a neighborhood pub and live-music venue, serve up American pub fare and drinks well into the night in an environment full of entertainment-inducing elements including a dance floor, large TV screens, and video bowling. An assortment of chicken tenders, mozzarella sticks, jalapeño poppers, and onion rings gather together on the Munchie Platter ($9.95), and the half-pound burger is enough to feed a hungry party of one ($5.95). A bottle of domestic beer ($3) washes down a wild flame-grilled pizza ($10), breaking its spirit and turning it into an amicable companion for humans. Premium beers ($4.50), mixed drinks ($3), and shots ($3) encourage patrons to sing along during live acoustic karaoke on Monday evenings and the open mic jam sessions on Tuesdays. Rock and blues bands create a soundtrack for two-stepping minglers and bar-top video gamers on weekend nights and crickets and summertime breezes entertain partiers in the outdoor beer garden.
The enticing menu, which has been crafted by executive chef David Cardell and celebrity chef and cookbook author Joyce Goldstein, shines a culinary spotlight on the flavors of the Mediterranean Sea. Empty-bellied diners can chose from a variety of salads and mezze ($7–$25), as well as entrees of flatbreads, kebabs, tagines, pastas, seafood, and more ($12–$29). The Rhode Island little-neck-clam flatbread ($14) is lovingly saturated with basil pesto and topped with creamy grana padano cheese. Noodle fanatics can set their sights on the penne al forno alla Bolognese ($15), which is oven-baked with meat sauce and topped with fresh parmesan. Protein-craving masticators can hang a fang on the grilled rib-eye steak ($29), topped with porcini butter and served with steamy parmesan-garlic fries that handily lend themselves to table Jenga.
Smoke Lounge's historic two-story all-brick building shelters a lounge of delectable eats, a bar boasting myriad libations, and a walk-in humidor lined with fine cigars ready for awaiting lighters. Prepuff, visitors nosh their way through plates of Italian eats including fried calamari tossed with hot peppers in champagne-garlic-butter cream sauce ($9.95) or paninis stuffed with imported Parma prosciutto and homemade mozzarella ($9.95). A bevy of beverages, bottled beers, and liquors intermingles with after-dinner cigars, including stogies from such tobacco wranglers as Rocky Patel, Magna, and Arturo Fuente, easing visitors through smoky exhalations. Smoke Lounge's ventilation system captures smoke as soon as it leaves visiting lips, spiriting it out of the restaurant and into its new job as a mystery-additive in ’80s music videos.