Four notable Bergen bars cook up delicious meals to enjoy with a cold one.
The Office Beer Bar & Grill
32-34 Chestnut St., Ridgewood
In 2011, The Office Beer Bar & Grill became part of the Villa Family. New menu items were created featuring smoked ribs, grilled pizzas, burgers, steaks and more. With a unique menu, it's not your average pub fare. Their beer menu was designed around craft and local brews with more than 19 draught and 50 bottled beers from which to choose. Their goal is simple: to make sure each time you visit is better than the time before.
The Rack features smoked ribs with Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale barbecue sauce, coleslaw and fries. The Kid is a grilled-cheese classic with American, mozzarella, cheddar and Swiss cheeses with roasted tomato and applewood bacon grilled on brioche accompanied by tomato bisque. On tap, they serve Harpoon IPA among other beers.
The Shannon Rose
1200 Route 17 north, Ramsey
The Shannon Rose Irish Pub is named after Shannon Doherty Portell, who grew up in Ridgewood and is the daughter of owner Ed Doherty of Allendale-based Doherty Enterprises Inc., and the last name of Doherty's partner and owner of The Rose Group, Harry Rose.
The Shannon Rose's beautiful exterior architecture will make you feel like you've just pulled up to a pub in Ireland. Inside, you will find warm and inviting bars, large dining rooms and a friendly staff.
The restaurant and pub serves traditional Irish food and drink. The menu features an abundance of appetizers, mouthwatering burgers and traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and Guinness beef stew. You'll also find 19 beers on tap, including Guinness, Harp and Smithwick's, in addition to great scotch malts and Irish whiskeys.
The Memphis Burger, served with sweet potato fries, is topped with Guinness barbecue pulled pork, coleslaw, a big onion ring and pepper jack cheese on a toasted brioche roll. The Shannon Rose Quesadilla combines sliced chicken, onions, and spinach and artichoke dip in a crisp grilled shell drizzled with ranch dressing and paired with sour cream and pico de gallo. For beer, try Flying Fish Exit 4.
Redd's Restaurant & Bar
317 Washington Ave., Carlstadt
More than 50 years ago, Redd's Restaurant was once called the Halfway Bar & Grill, owned by John & Elsie Palsi. Since it was "halfway" between New York and Paterson (two popular destinations), it was home to many truckers looking for a great meal when they travelled between those two points.
As the trucking industry routes changed, the family knew they must change too. With the explosion of the sports industry in the area, they decided to build a brand new building in the same location and open an upscale sports pub, Redd's Restaurant & Pub.
Still owned and operated by the Palsi family, Redd's features a pub menu with local favorites, more than 25 beers on tap and in bottles, and more than 25 flat-screen HDTVs. Since they are located down the block from MetLife Stadium and The IZOD Center, they offer shuttle service to and from the sports complex for all major events.
The Halfway features grilled chicken, fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers on a semolina roll. Stevie Cheese-ie features a traditional cheese pizza topped with a special blend of mozzarella and parmesan. A Flight of Beer is four different 5-ounce beers.
Allendale Bar & Grill
67 West Allendale Ave., Allendale
Allendale Bar and Grill has been around for a long time. Back in 1935, AB&G started as a neighborhood tavern located in the old Allendale Hotel, owned by Mike and Maude "Mom" Connelly. Then in 1948, they relocated to the present site on West Allendale Avenue, and the family resided in the house next to the tavern. As the business grew, they expanded the restaurant and turned the house into what is now a bar and additional seating area.
To this day, fourth-generation family members run the restaurant. The menu provides full pub fare, and their continued success is based on never losing sight of Ma Connelly's goals some 60 years ago: "Provide good food and plenty of it and generous drinks at reasonable prices."
Order up a sizzling rib-eye steak with baked potato and sautéed broccoli rabe. The AB&G Sampler Platter features wings, onion rings, potato skins and quesadilla rolls. Pair Guinness beer with either of these selections.