Best Of 2012: Neighborhood Restaurant: East
Owner and namesake Frank Patton is anything but blasé about his east side eatery Frankie's Too! being recognized as a favorite Neighborhood Restaurant. Back in 2010, the first Frankie's won in the Neighborhood Bar category, but this is the award he's been waiting for. "Anybody can open a bottle of beer," says the affable bar owner, "but we just constantly keep working on the food." First-time visitors, he says, would do well to order the Slopper, which comes smothered in Frankie's homemade green chili. There are also cover bands most Saturdays, although Patton says he's scaling back on live music now that the NFL and college football seasons are in full force. "If there's a band on and you've got Nebraska playing," he says, "it's just ugly." — Bill Forman
It's Tuesday, what are you doin'? Two-buck premium pints plus a $9.99 steak dinner at Frankie's or Frankie's Too, that's what. Both of Frankie Patton's bars are comfortable eastern hangouts for games or a quick, quality bite. Burgers, Tex-Mex and much more.