A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
A Wrightsville Beach staple, David's Deli & Restaurant has been comforting customers’ bellies with hearty, country-style food for more than 30 years. For breakfast, the kitchen churns out omelets, warm waffles, and fluffy pancakes until 11 a.m. For lunch and dinner, the cooks whip up sandwiches—such as pizza cheesesteaks—pastas, and seafood, including creamy blackened-shrimp alfredo.
Sophie's deli artists pile fresh, local ingredients into savory sandwiches that are accompanied by a copious catalog of coffee drinks and sweets. Sandwich sculptors occupy restless hands with hot paninis, such as the chicken florentine stuffed with in-house sliced and grilled chicken, provolone, and sautéed spinach on toasty sourdough ($7.99). Nonpressed sandwiches allow strata of proteins and trimmings to stand taller and wrinklier, counting among their ranks the J.M.M., freighting a 1/4-pound bundle of roast beef, horseradish aioli, and roasted peppers into mouth inlets ($6.99). Beat post-lunch snoozing fits with coffee drinks ranging from a basic house brew of the day ($1.55–$1.85) to more exotic potions such as a toffee nut latte ($3.35–$4.35) or love-inducing mocha. For a meal-ending burst of sweetness, Sophie's trucks ice cream from nearby Wilmington, arriving in 16 summery flavors, including georgia peach and cappuccino crunch, along with several fat-free options ($2.99/scoop).
In the kitchen at Mario’s Pizza, chefs heap cheese, steak, and sun-dried tomatoes onto oversize New York–style and sicilian pizza crusts. A white pizza covered in ricotta cheese, fresh garlic, and mozzarella reminds taste buds of eating a delicious snowman, and comes in sizes ranging from 10 inches to as large as 19 inches. Baked pasta and sandwiches, such as a philly steak or veal parmigiana, round out the menu.
To keep the spirit of its musical roots ever near, House of Blues Houston keeps a metal box of mud from the Delta Mississippi beneath its stage and proudly displays the traditional crazy quilt. As the only venue in the revered chain to be built vertically rather than free floating, House of Blues Houston stands as a pillar of entertainment in the Houston Pavilions complex. The hot spot’s Bronze Peacock Room commemorates Houston's rich history and the blues clubs where Lightnin' Hopkins and Big Mama Thornton held sway, and features an enormous hand-painted mural depicting other local legends such as Albert Collins and Johnny "Guitar" Watson.
All of Times Square Pizza's New York–style pies begin with freshly made dough. Then, a homemade pizza sauce rides to smother any blanks of the bready canvas, followed by toppings of pepperoni, bacon, green peppers, or olives. Aside from pastas and subs, customers can also pair up with drinks such as draft beers from a full bar.
Diners gasp as fiery flames spring up from the tableside hibachi grills, but chefs remain calm and collected. Nimbly, they sizzle up tender cuts of steak, chicken, and lobster tail, their faces illuminated in the dancing flames. As hibachi chefs labor over grills before their captivated audiences, sushi chefs slice up fresh eel, spicy tuna, and salmon, and then fold the fish into a variety of traditional and specialty rolls. Servers bustle about the dark hardwood floors of the airy space, balancing trays of wine.