88 Keys

Fight over wings and burgers at this self-proclaimed "dueling piano and sports bar."

Billed as a "dueling piano and sports bar," 88 Keys boasts converted-industrial-space atmosphere (spaciousness, wooden ceiling beams, exposed brick), two grands (which would make it 176 keys, right?), and 10 plasma screens, which, when Plus One and I stopped in on a quiet Monday, were tuned to the closing moments of a Little League World Series game between Canada (who lost) and Venezuela. Close-ups of emotionally crushed 11-year-olds accompanied our $4 wings and $3 burger-and-fries baskets. Plus One dubbed the seriously spicy wings "ridicu-hot" (a compliment) and "perfect for beer drinking," and praised "the best $3 burger in town." He actually said "a bargain at twice the price" before I realized he was just feeding me quotes so he could get himself in the paper, though he's probably right. The regular menu offers more sandwiches and salads for $7 to $10. Happy-hour drink specials (4–7 p.m. Monday–Saturday) include wells and drafts for $2.50, but do not include the margaritas at $8.25 (yeeowtch!)—admittedly generous and potent, however. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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