State Street Brats, 603 State St.
Imagine yourself at the scene of the NCAA tourney action, thanks to gigundo TV screens and second-floor stadium-style seating. But the star attraction is really the classic red brat, grilled butterfly style.
All about the lounge
Nick’s Restaurant, 226 State St.
Sinatra is the likely soundtrack at this old-school cocktail lounge and restaurant that, were it in Portland, Ore., or Brooklyn, N.Y., would doubtless be overrun by hipsters. Here, it’s a hideaway. Relax in a comfy booth and order the excellent onion rings and a roasted turkey sandwich. Top it off with a grasshopper, in honor of spring.
Earthy and verdant
Oliver’s Public House , 2540 University Ave.
Start with the seared scallops and shrimp, a dish that updates Coquilles St. Jacques through a Midwestern farm-to-table filter; or order it as an entree for $5 more. And Tuesdays, there’s a 1/2 off a bottle of wine special.