A restaurant and wine bar devoted to Portuguese cuisine, O Lagar adheres to the timeless traditions of Iberian cooking, particularly its most important staple—seafood. Fresh fish highlights native dishes such as paella and mariscada, a traditional seafood stew, though beef still sneaks its way into dishes such as Portuguese-style steak paired with ham and egg. However, what's on O Lagar's menu may not be all that's actually on the menu. The kitchen regularly creates sandwiches for its "off-menu series," which has included unique creations such as fried octopus deep-fried in a paprika-spiced egg wash and a Portuguese BLT with pork belly and piri piri sauce.
Two guys, Sam and Bob, walk into a bar. There, the two lament the price of food and decide to do something about it on the spot. As the owner of more than 50 pizza joints in Colorado, Bob had the know how and resources; so, with cost in mind, the duo created Take Or Bake Pizza. Today, Sam and Bob preside over chefs as they hand toss and bake 14-inch pizzas as well as craft uncooked pies bound for warming in home ovens or slow melting on the hood of an Italian–made Ferrari.
With an NFL champion like Tony "The Goose" Siragusa as co-owner, one might expect Tiffany's Restaurant and Bar to show only football. But the eatery's 20-some high-definition flatscreens—extending all the way onto a heated outdoor patio—display everything from basketball and hockey to UFC. The entertainment at Tiffany's isn't all onscreen—throughout the week, events include sets by local DJs, karaoke nights, and Texas hold 'em tournaments.
Founded over 30 years ago, Tiffany's chefs still baste the eatery's award-winning ribs in house-made barbecue sauce, and make meatballs by hand before tossing them with imported Italian pasta. The restaurant has also updated the menu with new, creative twists on bar food and 25 varieties of wings and sauces, such as buffalo wings coated in wasabi sauce. To pair with it all, there are plenty of beers poured from the tap, served in a bottle, or sprayed directly into your mouth from a Super Soaker.
Owners Zach and Miranda Barnard built Z Pizzeria and Café on a foundation of creating tongue-tantalizing dishes from scratch. Tasty sandwiches and salads, specialty pies with bulging crusts ($6.29–$18.39), and caffeinated drinks pepper the menu. The Buffalo-chicken pizza galvanizes gullets with sterling toppings of feta cheese, Louisiana hot sauce, and a side of bleu cheese or ranch. Since meats taste better in triumvirates, try the Valente for a sausage, salami, and pepperoni empire ruling a garlic-white-sauce senate, or save room for the hero sandwich ($6.99), which uses ham, turkey, and salami to remove the hunger dangling from your stomach's branches. Since eating pizza for breakfast may transform diners into Foghat-worshiping college freshmen, snag a veggie frittata ($7.99) from the brunch menu and pair it with a slow-riding Utah-style scone ($1.49).
The layout of Rio Rodizio is telling: with a candlelit dining area in one section and a long bar lined with flat screens in another, it's as much a place to take a date for a romantic meal as it is a spot to grab a drink after work. In the dining room, gaucho chefs carve cuts of lamb, beef, and pork right at the table, forcing diners to clear plate space next to seared fish, homemade pastas, and sushi rolls drizzled in flavorful sauce. Like a home that's been decorated by robbing a furniture store in the dark, the cocktail menu is a fusion of tastes, its Asian and Brazilian proclivities represented by sangrias, tropical juices, and sake.
When Eugene Gillespie left Ireland to visit his brother in New York in 1972, he didn't know that he would be inspired to stay. The Irish economy was down, so Eugene decided to pursue the American dream by moving to the Mid-Atlantic region. He didn't leave Ireland entirely behind him though, and Eugene proceeded to spend the next several decades opening traditional Irish pubs and restaurants throughout New York and New Jersey.
With two locations, Blackthorn Restaurant & Irish Pub demonstrates a commitment to the flavors of Ireland. The menus feature familiar comfort foods—certified Angus burgers and thin-crust pizzas—including a number of Irish favorites, such as beer-battered fish and chips and stews filled with Guinness-braised beef. To achieve an even more authentic taste, the chefs occasionally import ingredients such as Irish cheddar cheese, Irish sausages, and Irish rainbows.
The menu's iconic dishes contribute to the pubs' cozy, inviting ambiance almost as much as accents such as the stone fireplaces or the bar made of imported red mahogany. Spirits remain lively and the mood stays festive thanks to the live entertainment hosted throughout the week. Live bands perform contemporary hits as well as traditional Irish songs.