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Local diners settle in the old-fashioned sports-bar atmosphere of Riley's to devour savory selections from a menu of classic American fare. Boneless buffalo wings build up the nerve to dive headfirst into hot, sweet-chili, or bourbon sauces ($6.50), and quintets of sliders sing in flavorful harmony with miniature cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, or pulled pork bound between finger-sized buns ($7.50). Salad selections unite roughage with savory toppings, such as the Riley's salad, loaded with sliced turkey, cheeses, and bacon ($8.75), or the southwest-barbecue-ranch salad buried under an avalanche of grilled chicken, tortilla strips, and black beans ($8.75). Sizzling rib eye lounges on the steak sandwich's french-bread foundation lined with a bed of grilled onions and mushrooms ($8.75), and the barbecue-pulled-pork sandwich ($8) shouts at french fries loitering on its plate from beneath a crispy cabin of onion straws.
Riley's bartenders pour out libations in accordance to daily drink specials to quench thirsty patrons perched on green stools around the L-shaped bar. A halo of flat-screen televisions circles the wood-paneled room displaying live sports to score meals with a soundtrack of referees' whistles and the wave. Parties can test their voices during karaoke every Saturday and put their heads together to sweep trivia contests on Wednesday nights.
Riley's Gathering Place
For more than 20 years, the staff at Riley's Gathering Place have slaked thirst and staunched hunger with a full bar and a menu of tavern-style eats, including salads, burgers, melts, and wraps. Fourteen flat screen televisions flank the wood-paneled walls, as bar-high tabletops play Duck, Duck, Goose with stools. A patio hosts al fresco dining in good weather. Free wireless Internet at Riley's Gathering Place means that debates can only last for so long until someone verifies that the chicken and the egg were invented at the exact same time.