The "wings and beer" category is one of the most crowded within the restaurant world, and for good reason: It's easy to pull off. It is not easy, however, to pull off on a consistent basis, night after night in multiple locations as this thriving local chain has done since it opened its first tavern back in 1983 in Bedford Heights. Despite explosive growth, including the introduction of two new brands, the Lizard keeps smiles plastered on the faces of its customers by getting things right, night after night. That means serving up plump, meaty, perfectly fried and sauced chicken wings by the bucketful, along with a handful of other pub-appropriate snacks. And then there's the beer list, always one of the broadest and deepest in the region, punctuated by rare gems secured by multi-unit buying power. Knock back 100 beers off the Winking Lizard Tavern Tour of Beers and you'll be on the receiving end of the coveted Tour jacket.
Staff Pick (Beer List): Tremont Tap House
Staff Pick (Bar Food): ABC the Tavern
Staff Pick (Wings): Fatheads