Foodies flock to this gastropub for its braised short rib, slow-smoked baby back ribs and an excellent weekend brunch. Even frequent diners might not realize that Messhall Kitchen also boasts a world-class collection of American whiskey, with some 500 different bottles in its inventory. The cocktails are excellent, too, with a long list that includes shaken, stirred and barrel-aged concoctions.
THE DRINK TO DRINK:
Willett. Messhall offers 13 different bottlings of the hard-to-find brand.
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Headed to a show at the nearby Greek Theatre? Check out the Dine & Ride menu, which gets you three courses, easy parking and a reserved shuttle to the venue.