Fresh Air Bar-B-Que's owners, David and George Barber, preserve family recipes passed down by their grandfather and continue to slow-cook barbecue pork, Brunswick stew, and a menu steeped in traditional Southern flavor harking back to the restaurant’s 1929 founding.
Voted Favorite College Bar by readers of The 11th Hour, Bottoms Up sates thirsts for fermentation and fun within a young, beach-themed atmosphere. The friendly bartenders pour a lineup of economical elixirs designed with both the student and young professional in mind, including well drinks ($4), specialty cocktails ($5), and shots ($5). Domestic draft beers gratify cravings for that fresh-from-the-tap flavor ($3), and domestic bottled beers entertain bar flies with their familiar taste and knowledge of local zoning laws ($3).
Smoky aromas waft from a hickory pit at O.B.'s BBQ's bustling family eatery, combining with savory scents from the menu's farm-raised catfish and juicy brisket. Cookout captains slather full racks of ribs ($19.95) in O.B.'s special sauce, with meaty options including the original Memphis-style or baby back ribs. Lure hickory-tickled chicken breasts into troughs of sweet barbecue sauce sandwiches ($7.95) or reap the benefits of lumber aromatherapy after succulent beef brisket steeps in a sauna of woody vapors ($10.95). O.B.'s fried catfish filet glistens between crunchy slabs of texas toast ($7.95). Supplement smoldering entrees with one of O.B.'s made-from-scratch sides ($0.85–$4.50), including its signature Brunswick stew ($3.50 for 8-oz. bowl) or hearty cornbread ($0.85), and hunger-demolishing desserts ($2.59–$3.99).
Bench Warmers lures revelers with a sports-centric bar and anchors them in their seats with a mouthwatering menu stocked full of wings, burgers, sandwiches, salads, steaks, and pastas. Under the luminous glow of neon lights and big-game-beaming televisions, patrons can coronate their meal with an order of 10 chicken wings, cloaked in homemade blue-cheese or ranch dressing ($7.99), or accentuate an argument about John Wayne's given name with an appetizer of southwestern egg rolls ($7.99). Corned beef and grilled sauerkraut rest on palanquins of swiss cheese-topped rye bread to form palate-pleasing grilled reuben sandwiches ($7.99), and the lightly seasoned bench steak ($12.99) goes on the offense for a heavy, hunger-hitting lineup of gourmet entrees.
Memphis BBQ Grill's head chef channels the barbecuing traditions of his native Memphis as he pilots a culinary team in crafting a menu dappled with smoked turkey, pulled pork, and Texas-style beef brisket. Meal-prefacing portions of barbecue baked potatoes ($5.99) arrive cradling barbecued pork, beef, or chicken in a starchy satchel. Sandwiches bridge bun halves with pulled pork ($5.99 for large), chicken ($6.49 for large), and suspension cables. Gastronomic gurus baste smoked turkey slices ($8.99) before suspending them over open flames, and beef brisket ($11.79 for a large order) lounges for 18 hours over immolating hickory wood.
After hunting the Pegasus to extinction, early humans attempted to create the next flying edible beast by stitching wings to buffalo, though it was centuries before the buffalo developed an immunological tolerance to grafts of extra-spicy chicken skin. Celebrate their ingenuity with today's Groupon: $35 worth of all-American fare and drinks at Buffalo Wings & Rings South Beach for $15. You can use your Groupon toward daily specials and during happy hour, including 99-cent drafts every day from 11 p.m. to 3 p.m. and the $3.99 Grand Slam Breakfast available all day. Invite your entire rag-tag team of lovable misfits and patiently explain to them why they'll never beat the snooty rich-kid team.