The Hay Merchant's 80 taps — 75 on draft and five on cask — are reason enough to make it a great neighborhood spot. That does not, however, take into account that the $10 burger is one of the best in Houston. There's a food menu overseen by James Beard Award-winning chef Chris Shepherd, and even late-night visitors won't go hungry. Dishes range from family-style meals (even half a roasted pig's head!) to bar snacks such as wings and cornmeal-crusted pickled green beans. On weekends The Hay Merchant even serves brunch. All those offerings together constitute the best in full-fledged service.