Traditional pubs served as community hubs, places to see neighborhood folks and combine the flow of information with the flow of taps. Finnegan's Irish Pub aims to recreate that same setting for a modern audience, serving friendly sandwiches, burgers, and Irish entrees with plenty of beer.
Rather than depending on word of mouth for their stream of news, the pub's staff instead bedecks the dining room with flat-screen televisions and projectors. Outside, a television screens bathe the patio in its technicolor light. And some of the indoor booths come with their very own TVs, ideal for quietly feeding your curling addiction while pretending to care about football.
The owners of First Break Sports Bar & Grill turned a tragic fire into an opportunity. After the loss, they took time to update the space beyond its original condition, and today gleaming granite tops the bar and hardwood floors shine throughout. A typical night sees the latest sports events flickering on 25 HDTVs, while smokers retire to a separate lounge where they can throw darts through the smoke rings they blow. Players send billiard balls cracking at 9-foot Diamond Pro-Am tables, and on Wednesday nights, participants count their chips during Texas Hold 'Em tournaments. But whether they're spectating or playing, diners can fuel up with selections from the bar's menu with sandwiches, wraps, and pasta until 2 a.m.
Executive chef Juan Carlos Balderrama brings a career of more than 20 years to his post at Coyote Grille. His creative Tex-Mex menu items fill plates with garlic-marinated shrimp and hints of chipotle, and they also include special menu items for children as well as many gluten-free and vegetarian-friendly options. The Centreville location also offers a specialty Southwest Tapas menu and Sunday brunch.
El Cactus manages to cook up a taco for any occasion. From breakfast tacos served at brunch with a fried egg tucked cozily inside a tortilla, to the fried turkey taco with cranberry sauce and stuffing, the Manassas joint finds plenty of ways to liven up the piquant culinary staple. But the most festive day of all is simply Tuesday. Weekly Taco Tuesdays see the restaurant's many house tacos?Angus, chicken, brisket, fish, fried fish, and Korean?on special, with of-the-moment tacos popping up for a delicious day at a time before fading back into the Tex-Mex ether from which they came. Burgers, fajitas, and local beers fill out the menu, with treats such as ice cream and fried tequila helping end meals on a high note.