Every trip to The Pound! Bar & Grill can be completely different from the last. Diners can customize their experience first by selecting where they want to eat: on the signature rooftop overlooking Mill Pond, on one of the multiple patios, or inside, where sports always beam from the TVs. Once the matter of location is resolved, the grill's eclectic menu also provides plenty of variety. Specialty burgers, pizzas, wraps, hot dogs, and big salads join queso dip, buffalo mac and cheese, and other shareable appetizers. Customization even infuses the weekend brunches, where a bloody mary bar lets guests draw from more than 20 ingredients as they build their own drinks or veggie-based Frankenstein monsters. After 10 p.m., The Pound! says goodbye to the kids and transforms into a 21-and-older nightspot complete with DJs spinning pop hits.
A boomerang is designed to come right back, but it only works if you throw it perfectly. In that way, the Australian toy makes a fitting logo for The Comeback Inn, since it reflects a commitment to quality food that keeps drawing diners back. That philosophy shines through in every item on the menu, whether it's a plateful of jumbo buffalo wings or a signature Highland Station sandwich, made with fresh pastrami, corned beef, and homemade coleslaw. Although the bulk of the menu is sandwiches and wraps, pasta dishes also make an appearance, as do a fleet of pizzas?including a weekly changing specialty pie, just in case diners have memorized all five proteins on the Meat Meets Meat pizza.
However, there are more reasons to return to Comeback Inn than just food. The restaurant has drink specials and live entertainment several nights a week, including Monday's "My Trivia Live" with Devin, the resident Trivia Jockey. During summer months, Comeback Inn's parking lot transforms into a car show each Tuesday, complete with classic automobiles and live music.
Guests at The Blue Grill customize their own Mediterranean dishes. First, they decide on whether meals will be served in a pita wrap, rice bowl, salad, or edible pita bowl. Then come the meats and vegetables?fire-roasted beef shawarma seasoned with spices, chicken kebabs, crispy falafels, stuffed grape leaves, and spicy couscous. Housemade hummus and bake pita chips arrive on the side, if desired. The Grill staff also whips up raw juices, including a carrot-celery-apple mix that works to boost immune systems, unlike ice fishing from below the ice. The mix-and-match concept earned the eatery an Excellence in Customer Satisfaction award from Talk of the Town..
Sports on the sand are a specialty at On the Dunes Sports—you can dive to return a volleyball or even chip out of a digital bunker when playing their golf simulators. There's a grid of 10 sand volleyball courts outside, plenty of space to play a game and give deflated balls a proper burial in the sand. The dunes also double as a training ground for weekly workouts, such as beach yoga and boot camp. Meanwhile, the eight golf simulators onsite can take you to any of 18 virtual courses. Hone your game with amenities such as swing analysis and an adjoining putting green. After any game, you can retire to the onsite restaurant for burgers, entrees, and cold buckets of beer.