New England Restaurants take casual dining to an entirely new level. All six New England states are home to exceptionally good casual dining restaurants, chef-owned cafes, pizzerias, brew pubs and sub shops. We urge you to try a local New England casual restaurant and share your reviews and suggestions. Contact us for information about featuring your New England business in NE Living Magazine.
New England Casual Dining Restaurants
Top Vermont Cafes Bistros & Casual Dining
The Green Mountain state is a great place to eat casual fare. We found amazing burgers with a view in Brattleboro, a sensational bistro in Manchester, an historic pub in Norwich and a whole lot more. A visit to Bennington, Vermont should include a stop at one of the most unique Bed and Breakfast Inns in the state. Check out Safford Mills Inn & Cafe for delicious dessert and libations. More information about Vermont Casual Dining may be found at Vermont Living Magazine.
Morgan's Tavern - Middlebury Inn, 14 Courthouse Square, Middlebury, VT 05753
Upscale American cuisine with a fresh Vermont flair is the best way to describe Morgan's Tavern. One of the area's finest lunch and dinner options - an experience in delicious and skillfully prepared fresh cuisine. Enjoy an extensive wine list, including some picked, fermented and bottled right here in Vermont!
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Waybury Inn, Route 125, E. Middlebury, VT 05740
The Waybury Inn offers casual dining options, choose a casual meal in our rustic Pub that is the social epicenter of the locals with items such as fish & chips, Shepard's pie, fabulous burgers or satisfying salads. Our Coach room offers a more formal rendition of Vermont produced items, such as steaks, venison, salmon, sea scallops and duck. The enclosed Porch offers a sunny venue to watch the sun set in summer months, as well as the blue stone terrace for "al fresco" dining. We are partners with the Vermont Fresh Network - we use the freshest produce and products from small family run farms from all over Vermont. Reservations are recommended.
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Juniper's at The Wildflower Inn, Darling Hill Road, Lyndonville, VT 05851
You'll find great family fare, spectacular views, steaks, seafood, and more at Juniper's at the Wildflower Inn, home of the best burgers and largest selection of Vermont Brewed Beers in the Kingdom. Casual Dining Menu includes; Crab Cakes, Buffalo Tenders, T-Bone Steak, Grilled Meatloaf, Chicken Broccoli Fettuccine, Mushroom Swiss Burger, Chocolate Decadence Cake, and Apple Pie a la mode. Entrees $7.99 and up. Children's menu and family dining hour available. Open to the public.
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Positive Pie, 87 S. Main Street, Hardwick, VT 05843 | 802-472-7126
Visit Positive Pie in the downtown Hardwick for award-winning pizza, lunch, dinner and dessert specials. Check out the fantastic selection of beer of tap. Find out why Positive Pie has won awards from Seven Days, USA Today, NY Times, and Zagat's.
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Riley's Fish Shack, 2165 Portland Street, St. Johnsbury, VT 05819 | 802-751-1111
For quick -serve, casual family dining visit Riley's Fish Shack. Riley's is serving fresh fried and broiled seafood, 1 & 1/2 LB Boiled Lobsters, 6oz Certified Angus Beef Burgers, Fresh Chicken, Vegetarian, senior and kids meals. Outside, dog friendly patio seating or A/C dining room. Large level parking, handicap accessable. Beer & Wine. Soft serve & hard ice cream. Open year 'round. Accepts MC, Visa, Discover & Am Ex.
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McGrath's Irish Pub at the Inn At Long Trail, Route 4, P.O. Box 267, Killington, VT | 802-775-7181
Killington's first and foremost Irish Pub, serving a truly fine pint of Guinness and a delicious pub menu daily, with live Irish Music on the weekends. Sample the Chef's award-winning cuisine in the main dining room Thursday - Sunday and Holidays.
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The Norwich Inn, 325 Main Street, Norwich, VT 05055 | 802-649-1143
The Norwich Inn is a historic Vermont inn located just across the river from Hanover, New Hampshire. The Norwich Inn offers an extensive, diverse and moderately priced menu incorporating traditional pub favorites with elegant dinner options. We have nightly dinner and wine specials that can be enjoyed in our pub or dining room 7 nights a week. An Inn has been on the site since 1797; the current Victorian Structure since 1890. We offer 38 guestrooms, Pub, Dining Room, and Microbrewery.
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Baxter's Restaurant at Rutland Country Club, 275 Grove Street, Rutland, VT 05701 | 802-773-9153
Baxter's is a full service restaurant open year round for lunch and dinner. We can accommodate up to 175 people in our banquet room, which is available for your business meetings, luncheons, bridal showers, holiday parties or weddings. We have outdoor seating for the warmer seasons here, with a beautiful view of the Vermont mountains.
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Bistro Henry, 1778 Rts. 11 & 30, Manchester Center, VT 05255
One of the Hottest Spots in Southern Vermont, with fabulous food, an award-winning wine list and country charm. Bistro Henry, a contemporary Manchester Vermont Mediterranean food restaurant is specializing in southern French, Northern Italian, and eclectic cuisine. Recommended by Gourmet Magazine, Wine Spectator, Food &Wine, Fodor's, and AAA. We agree and so will you.
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The Marina, 28 Spring Tree Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301
Serving lunch and dinner seven days a week with Sunday Brunch Buffet. A beautiful view of the water from almost every seat in the restaurant. Enjoy amazing sunsets from our outdoor, dockside seating area. Located where the Connecticut and West Rivers meet on Route 5. The Marina is a memorable, casual dining experience.
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Ramuntos Brick Oven Pizza, 111 Putney Road, Brattleboro, VT 05301 (On the roundabout, Exit 3, off I-91) | 802-579-1226
Welcome to Ramunto’s - a taste of the North End right here in Brattleboro. At Ramunto's we’re passionate about providing an unforgettable dining experience. Ramunto’s combines great service, a warm family-friendly atmosphere, and high quality food made fresh daily. Authentic New York Pizza, fresh salads cut to order, pastas from scratch, and signature subs, Ramunto’s offers something for everyone including catering services. Open Daily for lunch, dinner & Take-Out.
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Allen Brothers Farms, 6023 US Route 5, Westminster, VT 05158 | 802-722-3395
We are a uniquely Vermont combination of practical and beautiful. We have an inhouse bakery featuring cider donuts, pie, cakes and cookies , a deli with signature Mac & Cheese, pizza and other warm options as well as made to order sandwiches, a country store filled with local Vermont products, locally grown seasonal produce with our own apples, corn, strawberries, and squash and pumpkins, a gas station, a nursery and garden center. Come and see what we have for you at exit 5 off I-91, easy off and on
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Piecasso Pizzeria & Lounge, 1899 Mountain Road, in Stowe, VT
Piecasso is a fun place filled with modern style, eclectic music, and great vibes. Come visit, enjoy traditional New York style pizza, authentic Sicilian pastas, fresh seafood, fine wines, fun martinis, and Vermont micro brews.
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Winfield's Bistro and Charlie B's Pub & Restaurant, 1746 Mountain Road, Stowe, VT 05672
Joining the ranks of North America's finest restaurants offering creative cuisine, excellent service and upscale surroundings, Winfield's Bistro and Charlie B's Pub & Restaurant have been awarded the prestigious AAA 4-diamond award for 2003. Executive Chef Weiss' innovative New American cuisine is featured in the two restaurants. Be sure to try a selection from our wine list - the six-time recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence.
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The Whip Restaurant at Green Mountain Inn, 18 Main Street, Stowe, VT 05672
Boasting Stowe's first liquor license, an impressive collection of antique buggy whips & a brass dumbwaiter. Enjoy hand-cut steaks, creative fresh seafood dishes, vegetarian dishes, homemade breads & more in a friendly, casual atmosphere. Sip a VT microbrew, fine wine or drink specialty by the fire. Serving Sun. Brunch, Lunch & Dinner daily. Kid's menu available. Located at the historic Green Mountain Inn, Main St., Stowe.
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Positive Pie, 65-69 Main Street, Plainfield, VT 05667 | 802-454-0133
Positive Pie is committed to making from-scratch, eclectic and delicious plates while always hand-tossing our pizzas. Our benchmark beer, wine & spirit menus are carefully crafted to compliment our food. We practice friendly, honest and knowledgable service and are devoted to providing you snapshots of our heritage – all at a great value. We also reserve the right to throw a party, book a band or clear the dining room to make room for dancing!!!
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Positive Pie, 22 State Street, Montpelier, VT 05602 | 802-229-0453
Positive Pie in Montpelier is the place to go for great food, craft beers and live entertainment. Positive Pie supports the arts and music! Check out the latest line up of Local & National acts by visiting the website. Visit Montpelier, VT to enjoy fresh brews and live music!
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Positive Pie, 219 N. Main Street, Barre, VT 05641 | 802-622-8051
Find award-winning pizza and craft beer and ale at Postive Pie. Seven Days, USA Today, NY Times, Zagat's all agree! Our family independently owns and operates over 20 restaurant locations with the immediate family operating 6 additional stores in NY and Vermont.
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NH Cafes Bistros Mexican Food & Casual Dining
Get to New London, NH on the north side of Lake Sunapee to find amazing fries and hearty burgers – and wash it down with your favorite brew. Try the local lagers. You’ll be back. More NH dining gems at NHLiving.com.
The Old Salt Restaurant at Lamie's Inn, 490 Lafayette Road, Hampton NH 03842
Bring your children, parents, and friends to The Old Salt Restaurant, where you will find great local flavor in a comfortable atmosphere. Come for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch, and enjoy great food and great company!
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Woodstock Inn Station & Brewery, Rt. 3, No. Main, No. Woodstock, NH 03262 | 603-745-3951
Located in the quaint village of North Woodstock, the Inn's gracious and relaxed setting centers around 40 uniquely styled and cozy rooms and suites, located across 6 buildings on the property. All of our lodging options offer the comforts of home, including cable, free Wi-Fi access, air-conditioning and more. Many offer Whirlpool tubs and gas fireplaces. Includes free use of off-property indoor pool and health club. Voted a White Mountains favorite by NH Magazine, Hidden Gem award and "Worth a Journey" says Phantom Gourmet. Our famous country breakfast is included with your stay.
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Wildcat Inn & Tavern, Rte 16A, Jackson Village NH 03846 | 855-532-7727
Through the Jackson covered bridge is a place that just might be perfect... a place where candle light dances and the love and laughter of a hundred years of happy travelers is as rich as the wide pine floors. We invite you to take a step back in time. Come prepared to laugh, love, and smile so hard you might just cry. After all, as brilliant stars twinkle in the clear night sky... you just might find that the Wildcat is almost perfect.
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Polly's Pancake Parlor, 672 Route 17, Sugar Hill, NH 03585 | 603-823-5575
Polly's Pancake Parlor has been serving yummy home cooked meals for over 75 years. Enjoy a stack of Oatmeal Buttermilk, Buckwheat or Whole Wheat pancakes. Sit back and savor a waffle of your choice smothered in real New Hampshire maple syrup or come for lunch and have a slice of quiche made with local Harman's cheese. Shop for gifts, pancake mixes and NH Maple Syrup. Reservations taken on weekends.
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Rosa Flamingos, 2312 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH 03574 | 603-869-3111
A local favorite featuring classic Italian comfort food plus the best pizza, wings and homemade desserts. Real food by real people in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere. Patio dining, outside bar & entertainment. Dinner nightly at 5pm. Closed Monday & Tuesday.
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Chang Thai Cafe, 77 Main Street, Littleton, NH 03253 | 603-444-8810
Chang Thai Cafe blends the best of traditional Thai cuisine with a dash of contemporary flair. In the Thai language, Chang means elephant — a very meaningful symbol in Thailand for long-lasting friendship, good fortune and happiness. At Chang Thai, we strive to represent the virtues of the elephant — friendliness and good fortune — in our restaurant and in each dish you are served.
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George's Seafood & BBQ, 588 Tenney Mountain Hwy, Route 25, Plymouth, NH 03253 | 603-536-6330
George’s Seafood and Bar-B-Que restaurant is a great year round family eatery nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains in Plymouth NH. Serving fresh seafood, steaks, burger and sandwiches. Clambakes, Fried Seafood, Chowders, Surf N' Turf, BBQ Ribs. Daily specials. Combo Baskets, Kid's menu available. Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.
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Ramunto's Brick Oven Pizza, 76 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431 | 603-357-3555
Welcome to Ramunto’s - a taste of the North End right here in Keene. At Ramunto's we’re passionate about providing an unforgettable dining experience. Ramunto’s combines great service, a warm family-friendly atmosphere, and high quality food made fresh daily. Authentic New York Pizza, fresh salads cut to order, pastas from scratch, and signature subs, Ramunto’s offers something for everyone including catering services. Open Daily for lunch, dinner & Take-Out.
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The Flying Goose Brew Pub & Grille, 40 Andover Road, New London, NH | 603-526-6899
The Flying Goose Brew Pub is a family run restaurant with 17 of our Handcrafted Brews on tap with panoramic views of Mt. Kearsarge in the quaint town of New London. Whether it be for a quick bite, a cold brew, or a place for family and friends to gather, we extend our "home" to you. Voted Best of NH Regional Favorite Restaurant, we offer a relaxing environment to all who walk through our doors. The Flying Goose Brews are also available to take home in Growlers!
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Hart's Turkey Farm Restaurant, 233 DW Hwy., Jct. Rtes. 3 & 104, Meredith, NH 03253 | 603-279-6212
Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant specializes in delicious food and customer service. Make Hart's your destination with its dining rooms, tavern, "NH Made" gift store, catering service and facilities for Bus Tours. Hart's is a landmark for people visiting the NH Lakes Region.
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Dowd's Country Inn, 9 Main Street, Lyme, NH 03768 | 800-482-4712
Family owned Bed & Breakfast in Lyme, NH - just 8 miles north of Hanover. 18th century home renovated into a 20 room Inn. Every stay includes a full country breakfast and afternoon tea. New Tavern open on-site. We seed to provide every guest with a true home-away-from-home experience. Join us today!
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Buck Rub Pub & Lodge, 2253 North Main Street, Pittsburg, New Hampshire 03592 | 603-538-6935
Buck Rub Pub and Lodge is your home away from home in the North Country. The Buck Rub Pub is a family friendly haven that features good food, honest value, and fresh cold beer on tap and in bottles. There's a full selection of liquor and custom crafted cocktail as well. Delicious oven-baked pizza, Maine fresh seafood dinners, and fantastic burgers, grinders and salads. The adjoining Lodge offers 7 fully furnished, clean, efficiency units. Pet-Friendly room accommodations also available.
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The Moody Mug Cafe, 18 State Street, Groveton, NH | 603-636-5096
A friendly place to meet for coffee, tea, good food and conversation. Open for Breakfast and Lunch daily 6:30am - 2:00pm. Try our cinnamon rolls, banana-walnut pancakes, in-house pastries, Breakfast & Lunch specials. Take-out, walk-in or phone ahead. Groups welcomed.
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rek'•lis brewing company, 2085 Main Street, Bethlehem, NH 03574 | 603-869-9696
Tiny brewery, big beers! Enjoy Craft IPA's, Great Food, Entertainment, Special Events. Check the website for specials. Thursday night Trivia. The never ending quest to quench the ‘thirst’, whether it’s on a bike, skis, or in a glass. This it where the passion comes from, it’s what rek'•lis is, this is us, and now it’s you... .
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Maine Fried Seafood & Casual Dining Restaurants
There’s nothing quite like fresh fried seafood in Maine. Famous for seafood – whole clams, Maine crab rolls, lobster rolls, scallops, fried haddock and local shrimp can be found at roadside stands and casual restaurants in Maine. Sample our favorite Maine casual restaurants below. You’ll be back for more. Eat at local Maine restaurants from Maine Living.
DiMillo's on the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 | 207-772-2216
DiMillo's is where you'll dine on lobster, clams, shrimp, scallops and fish that are absolutely the freshest on the waterfront and prepared with ingredients that enhance rather than disguise their flavors. The perfect place for dinner, weddings, parties and office functions. Simplicity, freshness and quality are the recipe for DiMillo's amazing menu choices since 1954.
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Maine Diner, 2265 Post Road (US Route 1),Wells, ME 04090 | 207-646-4441
Featured on "The Today Show", Phantom Gourmet, Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" and others. Maine blueberry pancakes, pies, lunch and dinner specials and more. World Famous Food Like Grandma Used To Make. Try Maine Diner's famous Lobster Pie, Seafood Chowder, Codfish Cakes. Breakfast anytime. Remember the Maine Gift Shoppe, Maine Products. Open Daily at 7AM..
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The Kennebunk Inn, 45 Main Street, Kennebunk, ME 04043 | 207-985-3351
If you are searching for an historic inn with affordable class and fabulous food in southern coastal Maine - The Kennebunk Inn is the place. Beautiful beaches, nature preserves, museums, galleries, antique shops, and more. We look forward to sharing our special place in the land of the pointed firs.
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Stones Throw Hotel, 123 Long Beach Ave, York ME 03909 | 207-361-3116
Stones Throw offers the perfect Maine beach vacation. Located on Long Sands Beach in York Maine. Stones is your one stop Maine coast vacation destination. Oceanfront rooms. Maine Lodging and Casual Dining - with a luxurious view and scrumptious food! Specialty cocktails, Serving Breakfast and Lunch. Open 7 Days a Week - Hours Subject to Change.
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Harborside Tavern, 12 Bridge Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538 | 207-633-4074
Casual dining on the water in Boothbay Harbor. Craft beer, full service bar, friendly service and fresh food cooked to order. Lobster Mac & Cheese, Fish Tacos, Roasted Chicken, Scallops, Mussels, Surf and Turf, Salads, Appetisers and Blueberry Mimosas. On the Water, at the Footbridge in Boothbay Harbor.
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Fisherman's Wharf Inn, Pier 6, 22 Commercial Street, Boothbay Harbor, ME 03438 | 207-633-5090
Sensational waterfront dining in Boothbay Harbor awaits you. Our dining room is helmed by Award Winning Executive Chef Stephen's menu features reinvented coastal cuisine and focuses on simply prepared items made with the freshest possible local ingredients. Enjoy freshly caught Maine lobster and fish, grilled-to-order steak or enjoy a hearty sandwich, salad and local Maine brew in our intimate pub.
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The Burleigh at Kennebunkport Inn, One Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME 04046 | 800-248-2621
The Burleigh – Kennebunkport’s hottest new restaurant. The Burleigh Menu features the freshest Maine seafood including signature dishes, blue cheese Maine mussels, garlic shrimp, bourbon roasted half chicken, and bacon-creamed corn. With its lively bar, spacious outdoor deck and cozy fireplace, The Burleigh is one of Kennebunkport’s premier nightspots, drawing in diners seeking creative cocktails, live music, and a social, energetic vibe.
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CT Cafes Bistros Thai Food, Sub Shops, Pub Fare
Avellino's Italian Restaurant, 1813 Post Road, Fairfield, CT 06824 | 203-254-2339
Just a short walk from great shops and downtown Fairfield businesses. Come in and enjoy true Italian cuisine at this cozy trattoria. Enjoy Lunch, Dinner or a wonderful meal to take out after a busy day of work or play.
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USS Chowder Pot III | 560 East Main St., Branford, CT 06405 | 203-481-2356
Enjoy award winning seafood, slow roasted prime rib and USDA Choice steak. Chowder Pot III has two large dining rooms, air-cooled patio and a very popular Captain's Lounge featuring an amazing raw bar. Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 3:30p-6p. Chowder Pot III has won numerous awards from Connecticut Magazine and for 17 years in a row been voted Best Seafood by the New Haven Advocate. Pick out your own live lobster - 1-15 lbs.!
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Michael's Trattoria, 344 Center St., Wallingford, CT 06492 | 203-269-5303
Award-winning Italian Specialties - Parmigiana, Zuppa Di Pesce, Pasta, Chicken, Veal, Steak, and Seafood served 7 days a week in a relaxed atmosphere. Begin with fresh baked bread served with Michael's own amazing Virgin Olive Oil Dip and complete your meal with Chef-made Banana Cream Pie or fresh-filled Canoli's. Indoor/outdoor dining. Pizza available in the Bar/Lounge or take out only. Catering and In-House Luncheons for up to 40 people available. Michael's Trattoria has served the Wallingford community for more than 24 years.
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MA Cafes Bistros Mexican Food, Pizza & Pub Fare
The Mick, 3 Country Club Road (Route 5) Holyoke, MA 01040 | 413-532-1800
Want to grab a burger and a beer or a bite with the kids? The Mick has got you covered. A great casual restaurant for get together with friends for a drink, listen to live music or compete in weekly trivia contest. The menu always features an incredible selection of burgers and casual fare as well as rotating specials that change on daily basis.
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