Defying the typical definition of an Irish pub, Emerald Loop is more upscale lounge than modest watering hole in style. However, the pub attitude is loud and clear, with a friendly staff and a bar the keeps the drinks flowing well into the early morning. Have the hostess seat you at one of the numerous tables or plush red leather booths, or make your way over to the long, dark wood bar and perch on a cushy stool and stay awhile. A plentiful selection of wine, draft beer, martinis and mixed drinks will satisfy your thirst.
Several flat screen TVs broadcast sports, but most people come for the food, drinks and conversation. Emerald Loop is a good spot for local professionals to grab lunch or dinner and meet clients or colleagues for after-work drinks. While traditional bar food like nachos and mini cheeseburgers, and Irish specialties like fish 'n' chips and sausage rolls make an appearance on the menu, most of the fare steps it up a notch. Start with smoked salmon and brown bread served with capers and cheese, and then make your way to a turkey, apple and brie double-decker sandwich or prosciutto- and gorgonzola-stuffed ravioli. You can even order filet mignon, the most expensive item on the menu, with a price tag of $23 (most items average between $8 and $15).
As breakfast is the most important meal of the day, tourists and local residents meander into the Loop before heading off to work or an afternoon of shopping. They fill their plates with Belgian waffles, omelets, bagels and sandwiches stuffed with Canadian bacon, cheddar and eggs, without having to empty their wallets. Most items on the breakfast menu are under $8.
Average cost: $10-$20
Centerstage Reviewer: Albrey Nuss