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.
At The Burger Company, no ingredient ever sees the inside of a freezer. That's because the eatery's cooks make a point of grinding Angus beef in-house each day and slicing fresh onions, tomatoes, and other produce for toppings. Patrons can order specialty handhelds such as the buffalo blue cheeseburger with celery or the black bean burger with cilantro aioli, or customize patties with preferred ingredients. Cooks also grill all-beef hot dogs and pimento cheese sandwiches, and bartenders pour an assortment of beers, wines, and cocktails.
With more than 100 million records sold and a chart-topping career spanning five decades, Chicago continues their reign, swaying audiences with ageless nuggets of pure pop on their 2011 tour. The band, fronted by founding member Robert Lamm, has always been known for its voluminous and luscious sound, which created both the National Note Surplus and the harrowing Sheet Music Publishers riot. For the 2011 tour, Chicago salutes their longtime fans with a sonic scrapbook of hits ranging from their early days as fusionists to their latter career building castles out of ballads. From the easily answered existential question of “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?” through the heartbreaking confessions of “Hard to Say I’m Sorry,” Chicago’s crafty cannon runs through the gamut of human emotions, unearthing a horn-saturated sound that brims with the kind of humanity and empathy that its public-transportation namesake has never known.
Bask On Seaboard’s executive chef Chuck Herrick and his collaborating crew artistically etch a seasonal menu of modern American delicacies crafted from fresh, local produce worthy of a spotlight on Charlotte Today. Small plates wallop taste buds with petite portions of intense flavor combinations, such as the roasted-garlic-and-black-bean blend in the hummus or the spiced cheese fondue served with the butternut squash fritters. Sweet potatoes and haricots verist dance across a large plate of North Carolina trout, entertaining tongues with fresh, savory flavor and astounding card tricks. Appetites unable to determine tummy cravings can hedge their bets with surf and turf, a platter overflowing with spicy shrimp and hanger steak aside creamed spinach with pecan orzo.
The Comedy Zone tunes giggle-boxes to the sounds of world-renowned comedians who provoke chortles in a traditional standup setting. Check out upcoming acts such as Pat Godwin (June 29–July 2), whose comedy songwriting ranges from absurd ditties such as "Gangsta Folk" to improvised tunes that fly off the cuff and land rhythmically onto his guitar strings. The fiery Grandma Lee (July 6–9) won acclaim on Last Comic Standing, where her quick wit and snide jokes about family and modern life planted her firmly on the vanguard of comedy. A singing, walking, banana-peel-blundering comedian, Todd Yohn has mastered the arts of musical and physical comedy, and entrances audiences with a slow-roasted mix of songs and oddball characters (August 3–6).