A smattering of 20 sauces and seasonings dripping from handspun wings coats patrons' fingers as they cheer on their favorite professional sports teams broadcast on Buffalo Wild Wings' TVs. Eyes are torn between watching teams dribble a ball, shoot a puck, and land a grand jeté, and plates of plentiful wings, burgers, wraps, and salads. For more entertainment, trivia games exercise brains, and the Blazin' Challenge offers recognition for those brave enough to down a dozen wings slathered in the eatery's hottest sauce in six minutes.
The walls of LeDoux's Restaurant, which are honey-hued with well-loved patches of exposed brick, embody the warm, homey nature of Cajun cuisine. Steam infused with bay leaves, cayenne pepper, and andouille sausage spirals from cauldrons of jambalaya and gumbo. A fireplace pours forth its toasty affections in the bayou-inspired interior, where a fountain whispers softly alongside hanging plants that swing slowly over patrons like Tarzan during rush hour. At the full bar, mugs of Louisianan libations, such as Turbodog, Purple Haze, and Dixie ale, leave cool rings of condensation next to plates of fried frog legs and gator. Sated sighs drift from LeDoux's patio, where crackling torches cast orange accents on the liberal sprinkling of fleurs-de-lis that festoon the building and the staff's uniforms. On select nights, applause rolls over live musical acts and free-range shadow puppets.
Layer a bib over the Buckeye jersey tattooed to your body and head to Bunkers for some serious chewing, cheering, and debate over which 18th-century president was tops. The extensive menu of delectable pub fare encourages diners to push taste buds to their flavor-holding capacity. To ensure that no one pulls a muscle during the main course, warm up masticating muscles with an order of jalapeño poppers, cheese sticks, or potato skins ($5 each). Sandwich options sprint the gamut from the southwestern burger with fire-roasted onions, peppers, and pepper cheese ($5.50) to the fancy, French-speaking chicken cordon bleu, served with your choice of grilled or fried poulet, sliced ham, cheese, and a mustache of Dijon. The New York strip dinner is a house recommendation, served with seasoned potatoes, a small side salad, and Texas toast ($9). If you seek something a bit lighter, opt for the grilled birdie salad, marinated in your choice of mesquite, Cajun, or lemon-pepper seasonings and tossed with cheese, onions, tomatoes, and a hard-boiled egg ($6.50).
Quiznos' toastmasters fix a fleet of submarine sandwiches using butcher-quality meats, fresh toppings, and an array of artisan breads, which they artfully assemble as you watch. Signature subs (up to a $6.49 value, though prices may vary by location) come straight from Chef Zach Calkins's gourmet cookbook. The protein-packed prime rib & peppercorn swims with sautéed onions and mozzarella, and each Baja chicken sandwich—like a bouquet of roses set on fire—fuses the sweet and the smoky. The turkey ranch & swiss arrives piled high with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onions, and a convivial quartet of cured meats bathes in red-wine vinaigrette upon the classic italian sub. Feel free to trap condiments between nine-grain wheat, rosemary parmesan, italian herb, or italian white breads, or avoid the bun concept entirely by either ordering one of five chopped salads, such as the classic cobb, or ordering your secretary to send bread's calls straight to voicemail.