It's always happy hour when you consult your Spirit Guide. Your best friend for bar-hopping lets you in on the drink and food specials, tells you where the music is (and isn't) and helps you find the perfect spot. A great night out starts with Spirit Guide.
2800 Indian School NE (Midtown)
Tues-Fri: 9am-5:30pm Sat: 9am-5pm Closed Sunday & Monday (hours can change without notice)
You have to love a place that makes its own hot dogs. Properly known as Vienna sausages, they're just one of more than 25 different kinds of sausages made at this 35-year-old neighborhood shop. Also popular are the andouille (used for gumbo) and white bratwurst (made with pork and veal), though you'll naturally be curious about Alpine's head cheese (not nearly as gross as it sounds) and blood and tongue sausage (ditto). Look for house-smoked hams and bacon, several kinds of Black Forest ham, roast beef, pastrami and European cheeses. If you have to wait in line, use your time to scan the shelves for gooseberry jam, German pickles, Norwegian breads and other Northern European delicacies. Don't forget to ask about the beef jerky and beef sticks. (Alibi Staff, August 11, 2010)