WINNER: Francis Bogside
803 S. St. Mary's St., (210) 988-3093
Since opening last September, the Steve Mahoney-produced joint has won hearts over not just within our ranks, but across the city's core with its varied and inventive menu. And don't you dare call it grub. Sure, you'll find the cheesy Bogside Burger ($10) for those serious appetites, but that's where the usual bar snacks come to a grinding halt. Where else can you find scratch-made a fried chicken sandwich, steak sandwich, green curry and lustful poutine to go with your Guinness or Irish Old Fashivoned? But the kitchen (which pulls double duty as Brigid, Francis' fine dining sister restaurant) likes to play it fast and loose with a globe-trotting menu. Nosh on cabrito one day, crawfish boil the next and Nawlins-inspired étouffée on the third day — you're likely to find a new favorite regardless of the time of day. At Franky Bogs, the food comes dangerously close to surpassing the cocktail program for best reason to visit.
When it comes to their happy hour offerings, Francis Bogside throws caution to the wind with specials all day Monday, and Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. with $1 wells, drafts, domestic bottles and $4 Jameson shots. The deals get even sweeter from 10 pm. to 2 a.m. with $5 classics.