BEST DRINK SPECIAL (1998)
OK, OK, so it's the vats of free, greasy wings that keep us coming back. But without the rock-bottom, two-for-one deal on every drink from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 3 to 6 p.m., and 9 to 10 p.m., those wings wouldn't go down so well. A perennial hangout for up-and-coming scenesters, Lyle's has provided more than a few starving artists with the essentials: cheese and beer, chicken and whiskey, herring and...well, you get the picture. There's a big-screen TV for early birds who want to while away the day watching baseball; pool and darts for the fidgety; and a menu listing burgers, rings, fried mushrooms, and other equally healthy options. Best of all, the bright red vinyl booths remain intact, making Lyle's look like a McDonald's for the bleary-eyed. We suggest you Super Size it.