Gallagher's gives Irish and American bar sensibilities a single pillow on which to rest their heads. As steam from a Guinness-infused shepherd's pie rises above the wood-paneled walls, it disappears against smoky gray paint, resurfacing for a moment against the colorful movement of wall-mounted flat-screen TVs. The pet-friendly pub inspires human tail wagging with American-style burgers and sandwiches layered with steak, corned beef, and whitefish. After chewing through flatbread pizza, patrons can retreat to the outdoor patio for brews under the shadow of an umbrella or whiskey cocktails under the soft curls of clown wigs.
Landry's, Inc. operates more than 40 restaurant brands with only two main goals: good food and good memories. Thankfully, each of their venues has a signature element that's hard to forget, whether the Oceanaire's fresh seafood?flown in daily?or Rainforest Cafe's animatronic wildlife that's almost as realistic as the Amazon's wind-up monkeys. Steak and seafood spots feature prominently on the list of Landry's locations, including Morton's The Steakhouse, Vic & Anthony's Steakhouse, and McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks. But there are standouts in other genres, too, such as the Italian trattoria known as Grotto.
Capt'n Fishbones sets revelers up for all manner of piscatory delights with their all-you-can-eat fish fry three nights a week. On off nights, though, the menu's selection of ocean-fresh fare will certainly tide diners over. Chefs sauté seafood scampi in white wine and garlic-herb butter, blacken basa fish, and batter shrimp that delivers a hint of sweetness thanks to a smattering of coconut flakes. They also add some turf to their surf-heavy selection, hickory-smoking ribs and grilling prime rib for Saturday evenings when the meat is on special.
The 35 flavors of wing sauces at Hurricane Grill & Wings don't just show up on the house's lauded boneless and jumbo buffalo wings. They also add a splash of flavor to a diverse range of dishes on their menu, from the grilled mahi-mahi made with an ancho-chile-lime sauce to the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger made with mango-barbecue sauce. This adds a touch of uniqueness to every dish, with most dishes coming in a choice of a complementary sauces. Chefs pair their dishes with a full list of domestic and craft beers, which cool the fire of the spicy sauces.
From early lunches to late-night eats, the staff at each of Yo! Taco's three locations pairs fresh guacamole with housemade chips and 1-pound burritos for its crowds. Colorful awnings and umbrellas lure patrons lounging on the beach or hiding in English Tudor sand castles to outdoor dining areas where they sample from the menu of made-to-order tacos piled with sirloin steak, chicken, and pico de gallo. In addition to soda and iced tea, the servers also pour beer, wine, and sangria to accompany homemade queso and chicken quesadillas.
At Grace and Shelly's Cupcakes, the Butterfinger isn't a candy bar—it's a cupcake. A vanilla one, to be precise, filled with peanut butter, frosted in cream-cheese frosting, and topped with chunks of its namesake candy. Creative cupcakes like these have earned the bakery myriad press mentions. The culinary team whips up new cupcakes daily, too, crafting fresh-baked treats in flavors ranging from banana to red velvet.