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Popular American Appetizers

Restaurants across North America serve an assortment of appetizers, which begs the question: What appetizers are the most popular on the menu? Well for starters (pun intended), we admit that these small bites are perfect when you want to snack on something before your main dish. From boneless wings to cheesy mozzarella sticks, read more to find out which American appetizers reign supreme!

Boneless Wings

Easy to eat and deliciously flavored, boneless wings are at the top of our appetizer list. You can’t go wrong with savory wings and an ice-cold beer. At American-style restaurants, there are an array of flavors to choose, such as BBQ, hot, mild, and more. This appetizer usually comes with a dipping sauce too, which complements the flavor of the wings.

Nachos

Although nachos are considered a Mexican dish, this cheesy plate has made its way onto American menus everywhere. Nachos can simply be served with melted cheese, but many restaurants are taking nachos to the extreme. Ground beef, lettuce, tomato, jalapenos, sour cream, and salsa are just some of the toppings that are found on top of nachos. They are not a “heavy” appetizer, which is why so many people enjoy nachos!

Mozzarella Sticks

Mozzarella sticks are definitely an appetizer you can indulge in. They are prepared by breading the outside of a mozzarella cheese stick and deep-fried until golden. This dish is typically served with a side of warm marinara sauce. Mozzarella sticks are a staple appetizer at bars and restaurants because of the fried bits and gooey cheese, making it an optimal choice to pair with beer.

Conclusion

Do you have a favorite appetizer, maybe one that we didn’t mention in this blog? Comment down below!

Gettin’ hungry? We recommend ordering from Johnny’s Bar & Grill for dine-in, takeout, and delivery to try our famous appetizers and entrees. You can find our full menu on DoorDash. Place an order by calling (815) 626-7767. We look forward to serving you soon!

Don’t Wing It, Here’s a Recipe Instead!

Appetizers and snacks are what we’re all about at Johnny’s Bar & Grill! In order to satisfy your hunger, we thought we would share a recipe that anyone can make from home. With just a few simple ingredients, you can make your own baked buffalo wings. These are easy to bake in your oven without having the mess of a fryer. Just add a side of celery sticks and ranch and you’ve got yourself a delicious homemade meal. Continue reading to find out what you need for this spicy snack!

Ingredient Checklist:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 20 chicken wings
  • ½ cup melted butter
  • ½ cup hot pepper sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray. Place the flour, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, and salt into a resealable plastic bag, and shake to mix. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until well coated with the flour mixture. Place the wings onto the prepared baking sheet, and place into the refrigerator. It’s recommended to refrigerate at least 1 hour before baking!
  3. Whisk together the melted butter and hot sauce in a small bowl. Dip the wings into the butter mixture, and place back on the baking sheet. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink in the center and crispy on the outside. Cook for about 45 minutes. Turn the wings over halfway during cooking so they cook evenly.

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Follow us on our social media pages and post a picture to show us your wing meal! We would love to see how your wings turned out. Our customers can also place an order for curbside pickup for wings, burgers, and more. Call us at (815) 626-7767 or visit our website today!

A Brief History of Darts, a Timeless Bar Game

Bars are social spaces where people from all walks of life can sit down and enjoy drinks together. This core principle of the bar reaches all the way back to ancient times, where Greeks and Romans established taverns as places for people to congregate, drink alcohol, and socialize. Over the centuries, bars have evolved in appearance and the specific types of amenities they offer, but the idea at the heart of the bar remains the same: a place where people can kick back, socialize, and enjoy themselves.

Along with the usual activities of drinking and socializing, games are another way for people enjoy themselves in a bar. One game that you’ll likely encounter often is the game of darts. It’s a common sight to see a group of tipsy people tossing darts at a board with no semblance of accuracy – though they’re certainly enjoying themselves. With its combination of simplicity and enduring popularity, you may have wondered about the origin of this classic bar game. This blog will give a brief rundown of the evolution of darts, and its implementation in bars worldwide.

Slow and Steady Growth

One appeal of darts lies in its ease of access: anyone can pick a dart up and throw it at a board. Of course, the amount of technique and skill required to throw darts accurately is what separates a novice from a skilled player, but for a group of people looking for a bar game to play, darts are a great way to relax and have a good laugh.

The game of darts is a firmly British one, though its origins are most likely placed during the Dark Ages. As such, there aren’t many solid recordings of the development of the game of darts during this time. Most historians agree that darts originated among British soldiers, as both a pastime and a way to practice their aim. Legends dictate that the earliest darts players, who were soldiers, would throw spearheads at various targets, including alcohol containers and tree trunks. The game would grow steadily in popularity until the 19th century, during which it was played by everyone from English nobles to commoners.

Darts and Bars: a Match Made in Heaven?

In 1896, a standardized ruleset for darts was finally established by Brian Gamlin, a carpenter. Finally, people could agree on the game and darts could be widely enjoyed by bar goers – in theory, at least. In practice, that’s not what happened.

Instead of being embraced with open arms by bars, taverns, and pubs across the United Kingdom, darts were a controversial topic. Forms of gambling were outlawed at the time, and darts, termed a “game of chance” due to its high skill gap and enjoyment in bars, fell under this category.

In 1908, a bar owner was taken to court for hosting darts games in his bar. The case was dismissed, setting a precedent for allowing darts in bars and taverns. By the 1930s, darts were played in bars, taverns, and pubs worldwide, finally earning its place among bar goers from all walks of life.

Conclusion

To this day, darts enjoy widespread popularity at both the amateur and professional levels, played by anyone from bar goers to professional darts players, and being hosted in bars and official darts tournaments. Next time you stop by your local Johnny’s Bar & Grill, play a game of darts and participate in this historic game,which makes beauty out of simplicity!

What To Pair with a Turkey Dinner

With Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, turkey dinners will be abundant with savory sides and decadent desserts to match. But what about the perfect libation to match? There are so many beers, wines, and spirits to choose from, that making the one perfect pairing can seem impossible. We gathered a few suggestions on what to look for to help you narrow down your search so you can enjoy your meal with friends and family in style!

Beer

A frothy brew pairs well with turkey.

If you are a beer fanatic, you know how well it pairs well with some of our grill options. But what about the perfect brew for your turkey? It is important to find a frothy option that will complement not only the turkey, but the side dish options as well. The perfect beer will have a variety and balance of notes, such as fruity, sour, malty, spicy, and hoppy, just to name a few. Options such as a porter, Belgian ale, or Saison brew will capture the notes you are looking for to help bring out the nuances of the season.

Wine

Imbibe in a delicious wine.

There are options available to help satisfy the desires of both white and red wine lovers alike. If you love to savor a glass of red wine, a pinot noir is best due to its low bitterness, which helps enhance the flavors of your food and not overpower them. For white wine lovers, a classy sauvignon blanc is your best option with its aromatic notes to help bring out the flavors of those tasty side dishes.

Spirits

A small shot of whiskey makes all the difference.

Looking to lift your mood with a flavorful spirit? Whiskey, bourbon, and scotch make the best pairing with a turkey dinner. A small pour with a few ice cubes will be more than enough to complement your dinner while still soberly enjoying family time.

Conclusion

Regardless of whether you are seeking the best beverage to truly enjoy the holidays or to try to get through the inevitable family drama the holidays like to bring along, we hope our pairing suggestions will help you savor the holiday season. When the holidays are over or you want to go out to get away from the hustle and bustle of the season, make sure to visit Johnny’s Bar & Grill , where we promise to have your favorite drink waiting for you!