Neighborhoods value their pubs as places to socialize, just as they value the ends of their rainbows as places to find extra parking-meter change. Enjoy camaraderie at close proximity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of pub fare plus a pitcher of domestic beer (a $9 value) at The Fieldhouse Pub in Fairfield (a $29 total value).
The Fieldhouse Pub serves up a menu of hearty pub fare and cool beer in a comfortable, friendly neighborhood atmosphere. A fleet of hollow potato canoes delivers a cargo of chopped bacon and melted cheese in the super skins ($7.50), and red onions attempt to out-blush their tomato companions under a gloss of lemon and olive-oil dressing on the arugula salad ($6.95). The hearty eight-ounce pizza burger condenses the flavors of its two-dimensional namesake with mozzarella and marinara sauce on a soft bun ($7.95). Light appetites find an appropriately sized fill with a plate of chicken and whole-wheat penne pasta tossed with prosciutto and spinach ($15.95). Diners flex fingers around a half ($16.95) or full rack ($21.95) of Fieldhouse's famous ribs, which are coated in a homemade whiskey-barbeque sauce and are served alongside a baked potato, fries, or rice. Customers can cool off warmed taste buds and bellies with a pitcher of either Budweiser or Bud Lite, or empty bottles of domestic ($3.75) and imported ($4.75) beers to send birthday cards to family stranded on deserted islands.
A greenhouse-style window fills the dining room with natural light that illuminates diners and triggers photosynthesis in salads. Patrons may also pull up a stool or high-top chair to relax in the bar area beneath a vaulted wooden roof and bathed in the glow of strategically placed televisions airing big games and the latest sports updates.
The Fieldhouse Pub
The Fieldhouse Pub beckons to visitors with the inviting smell of American-steakhouse fare mixing with that of Italian, French, and German cuisine. Head Chef Hans Jurgen Stender loads the tables with saucy veal schnitzels, spinach- and ricotta-cheese-stuffed capon, sauce-laden pastas, and juicy blackened steaks. Like 2001: A Beer Odyssey, his pub menu explores beer's longtime on-and-off relationship with burgers, overstuffed wraps, and shareable finger food.
Hanging plants hold court alongside a sun-friendly, greenhouse-style glass wall in the dining area. Upstairs, grainy timber accents define a bar that features a jukebox and stools clad in billiard-table-green leather. DIRECTV sports packages keep guests entertained with the glory of games, and occasional karaoke and all-ages stand-up routines keep them in stitches over the antics of professional comedians or amazed and terrified at human Auto-Tune impersonations.
31 Passaic Ave.
Fairfield, New Jersey 07004