The chefs at McCaffrey’s Public House craft a menu of crispy fried appetizers and succulent burgers to support a rotating cast of traditional Irish entrees. Fingers can hula-hoop with a golden order of battered, hand-cut onion rings ($5.95) before biting into a bleu burger dressed in a warm wardrobe of caramelized onions and creamy blue cheese ($7.95). The grilled-chicken autumn salad rakes together freshly-fallen mixed greens, colored with fall hues of brown candied walnut and crisp apples, all coated in a mist of homemade sherry vinaigrette ($6.95 for a small; $8.95 for a large). Entree specials rotate daily, but have included such Irish classics as steaming corned beef and cabbage, delicately fried fish and chips, and four-leaf clover salads sprinkled with Lucky Charms–shaped croutons.
Petra Café’s gustatory gurus transform pita or ciabatta bread into greek gyros and italian sandwiches at lunch. Diners send spinach-pie emissaries, made with phyllo dough, fresh spinach, and piquant feta ($3.50), to stomachs to pave the way for the Santorini lamb salad ($12.99), a vegetable-and-meat combination more satisfying than a genetically engineered hot-dog tree. Ruminators munch on attic classics, such as pitas stuffed with gyros meat ($6.49), falafel ($6.99), or, in a surprising twist, hundreds of miniature trojan horses. Taste buds can travel across the Mediterranean with the sicilian panini—grilled ciabatta bread enveloping pepperoni, genoa salami, and monterey jack and covered in layers of basil pesto and spicy mustard ($8.99).
Bringing back the upscale nightclub atmosphere of yore since 2003, the staff at Shakago Martini & Piano Bar pairs an upscale menu of Italian-inspired pastas, seafood dishes, and steakhouse fare with a rotating schedule of entertainment every Wednesday through Saturday. While the downstairs area accommodates diners with a traditional restaurant setting, a combination of dim candlelight and firefly busboys illuminates the newly renovated and intimate upstairs lounge, where guests rest on comfy couches and chairs. The second floor also frequently hosts parties of 25–50 attendees, which Shakago caters with bites ranging from finger food to dinner buffets. Because enjoying the Pink Floyd's cover of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony can often take you into the wee hours, a late-night menu appeases appetites until 1:30 a.m. Monday–Saturday.