In Irish Bred Pub's kitchen, cooks simmer beef in Guinness and brown gravy and stuff shepherd's pies with savory meat. Patrons can dig into Irish favorites or venture beyond the Emerald Isle to taste the cajun flavors of chicken and sausage jambalaya and shrimp sautéed in cajun seasoning. On Mondays and Wednesdays, visitors belt out karaoke favorites, while on Tuesdays and Thursdays they take on trivia challenges to recall obscure facts, such as the name of America's current president.
The chefs behind Cravings American Bistro please palates and eyes with elegant arrangements of hearty American and seafood fare, escorted to tables atop simple china. Begin a night of lively discussion and synchronized digestion with a choice of six appetizers, including lobster mac 'n' cheese smothered in truffle oil, jumbo broiled crab cakes swimming in sweet-chili aioli, and house-rubbed ribs glazed with a mango barbecue sauce. Seafaring entrees such as the tropical, pan-seared Island grouper and the spicy, fettuccine-laced shrimp Diablo occupy tables with sunken-treasure-finding tips before succumbing to the white noise of chewing. Ravenous carnivores can opt for a 12-ounce new york strip steak—a choice cut of Montana strip loin accented with fingerling potatoes and asparagus stalks that double as stylish stirring sticks for a date's martini.
A smooth synthesis of Louisianan flavors and hearty Italian influences, Nawlins’ soul-stirring menu of home-cooked Cajun and creole-Italian cuisine culls many of its robust flavors from fresh, organic ingredients harvested by locally sourced producers. Kick-start communal feasts over an appetizer such as a spread of creole calamari, crowned with crumbled goat cheese and fiery house-made marinara, or a dish of fried alligator, served with a piquant dipping sauce ladled from the Everglades’ subterranean spice pools. With palates primed, diners can peruse the entree menu’s traditional creole dishes, including whole shrimp slathered in a rich Worcestershire-wine-butter sauce. Those pining for seafood can order Nawlins' gumbo, a maritime mélange of crawfish, shrimp, crab, and veggies. Unsheathe steak knives when tackling 12–14 ounces of blackened rib eye, or use your hands to snatch one of the restaurant's po boy sandwiches, jam-packed with fried oysters, italian meatballs, and crab cake. Diners finish with Hurricane cocktails from Nawlins’ full-service bar, a fruity rum concoction ideal for toasting to an upcoming vacation to northern Quebec.
Cartoon skulls color the ragged wooden sign outside Matador's, creating a rustic, yet playful, atmosphere where cuisine from the Michoacán region treats taste buds to an authentic taste of Mexico. Pulled pork, tilapia, and tofu are just a sample of what's stuffed into the tortillas of 14 types of tacos, which sate south-of-the-border cravings quicker than a deep-fried bolo tie. Combination plates and vegetarian options round out the menu at the restaurant's two locations, both of which offer spacious patio seating. At the newer Glenwood Park location, patrons can relax in a separate bar area as flat-screen TVs glimmer across intoxicating bottles of top-shelf spirits.
Situated behind a charmingly rusty edifice, Carroll St. Café provides hearty rustic fare in a comfortable environment. Settle down at a glossy tabletop and peruse the extensive menu options for breakfasty brunch, tasty sandwiches, tapas, entrees, and more. Get your morning off to a fresh Flemish start with a Belgian waffle ($11) topped with fruit and served with scrambled eggs and your choice of bacon or sausage (pork, chicken, or soy), or hurtle yourself ahead to a plate of blackened shrimp and grits ($10). Herbivores might enjoy the veggie wrap ($7), a flour tortilla stuffed with guacamole, pico de gallo, roasted red peppers, and mixed greens, and hunger-havers at the other end of the meat spectrum can delve into the filet mignon ($24), 8 ounces of grilled meat in a house demi-glaze, paired with veggies and a potato of the day.