Bar and grill establishments, taverns and pubs generally offer the same fare. Burgers, fries and sometimes fish may be offered. However, there are some more regional flavors available at bars and grills, depending on their locations. Here is how to spot a bar and grill that may have a little more than burgers and fries to satiate your hunger.
Coastal locations for bar and grill places may have "catch of the day" or fresh seafood to order. They may have steamed mussels and crab legs, or lobster boils, served table-side in the open air/on a deck. While these places are still primarily bars and serve on-tap beers and alcoholic beverages, they will attempt to draw more crowds by offering the readily available and fresh seafood that is right there off the dock or pier. This is fairly common in New England and the Gulf Coast, if you are craving seafood and a beer.
Texas is a stand-alone state with its unique offerings of pub grub. Beef brisket slathered in rich BBQ sauce with a side of freshly prepared cole slaw is more common than a burger in most bar and grill establishments. Second helpings on the brisket may be free, too, since Texans like everything big, including their portions. There are also some rowdier roadhouses here that serve up a more extended menu to the rougher crowds that bike on through, but if you do not mind hanging out here, you can expect quite the tasty fare.
Along the California coast, you will probably get seafood at some establishments, but it is the bar and grill scene further inland that may be more interesting. Here, everything including the burgers is served wit avocado or guacamole, California's signature fruit and spread respectively. If you love avocado, then this might be the right "foodie" stop for you. If you cannot stand this fruit, then head to the coast where your seafood in the pubs will have a unique citrus or tropical flavoring (coconut-battered and fried tilapia strips, for example).
If you visit Hawai'i, you are in for a real treat. The bar and grill scene typically features spit-fired roasted pig, grilled pineapple on nearly everything that is meat, and alternatives to fries that are worth the adventure-tasting. Most of the popular bar and grill establishments are open air or on the beach, and everything is cooked in front of you.
You can also check out the local scene. Find a bar and grill near you, such as 316 Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill.