Mothers do a lot of things for their children, from washing their clothes, to teaching them good values, to not letting them hold Glenn Danzig's hand. For a bar named after one who did enough to...get a bar named after her, head to McGowan's Oakhurst Pub.
Replacing Palate, McGowan's is a comfort meals/craft-beers meeting place bearing the maiden name of the owner's apparently quite loveable mom, designed to look 100+ years old via a white subway-tiled open kitchen, hanging search lamps from a Navy ship, and a horseshoe-shaped, barnwood-bottomed/copper-topped bar whose drafts're all micros, because the owner wants to "support the little guy" -- something Rhea Perlman's been doing for almost 30 years. First-rounders include garlic wings w/ spicy yogurt dip, poblano-peppered Aztec corn soup, and PEI mussels in white wine, or get bigger with a gouda-toppable chuck burger, sammies like the pressed Prosciutto apple, or spaghetti w/ shredded cheddar & Cincinnati chili known as the "Classic 3-way", which tends to involve two girls and a Jimmy Stewart movie on AMC. There's also a range of homestyle dinners like pot roast and gourmet mac & cheese (orecchiette w/ white béchamel sauce), plus less-homey dishes like macadamia-crusted sea scallops, and chicken & shrimp in piri piri pepper brandy sauce, which hasn't been this hot since "The Boy Is Mine."
Suds-wise it's 24 bottles from Italy's Birra Moretti Pilsner to high-ABV-ers like the brown Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron, while the aforementioned all-craft drafts include Schmaltz Coney Island Lager, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, and an amber ale from Duck Rabbit, an animal your children will never understand, especially after Glenn Danzig makes you tell them not to. Oh, why do you so despise comprehension, Glenn Danzig?!?