I hate watching sports. Not only do I hate watching sports, the sound of sports on TV alone drives me loony. I despise it. I’m sure a psychotherapist could analyze the daylights out of me and say it’s because of the limited time I got with my (divorced) father as a child. My time with him was always shared with endless football games on TV when I was desperately trying to get him to take me somewhere. “Just five more minutes” he would say. “Look at the clock, it’s almost over” he would lie. It never was. This built-up frustration from my youth has turned me into an intolerant, football-hating, take-your-home-team-paraphernalia-and-shove-it-where-the-sun-don’t-shine, type of woman.
With that in mind, I present to you: The Beachside Bar & Grill. It is a true sports bar. I may not be the best man for this job. We are talking TV’s everywhere you look, sports blaring from every corner, patrons cheering and whooping like imbeciles.
They offer Happy Hour M-F and advertise some big fight you can watch here in November. Whatever. The place is large and like I said, TV’s everywhere, perfect for the sports enthusiast, not so much for this sports hater.
They have a fun shuffleboard game though.
Luckily, they have a huge outside patio, perfect for our large party, and totally soundproof from all sports! Since most people come to a sports bar for the game, the crowd was inside and we got the whole patio to ourselves. But it was cold! There were heat lamps everywhere but we were told that most didn’t work. It was a graveyard for old, broken, unwanted and unloved heat lamps who had no where else to go.
Some nice workers got a few of them going for us. Now if they could just figure out how to light this massive fire pit, we would be in business! One young man came out with a lighter, no joke, a LIGHTER and with a very scared face, got up close to it and tried to start it. Oh, it started all right! The fire went “WHOOSH!!” and the poor guy screamed and leapt backwards. I thought he burnt his freaking face off, but he was fine, just a wee scared. And he won’t need to shave for a few days.
Now we had fire, and an atmosphere where we could hear each other. Only one negative that I must comment on. CHOICE OF OUTSIDE MUSIC. It was BAD. Let’s just say that a pop-covered, mixed dance version of “Constantinople” came on. Why, why, why would anyone remix this classic song into pop dance music?!
Time for beer and food! Did I mention that one of my New Year’s mini-rez’s is to drink more? So far, so good. I am feeling great about accomplishing this goal! Beachside Bar & Grill has an extensive beer and mixed drinks menu. I ordered a Blue Moon on tap with fresh lemon. D-lish!
The appetizers arrived promptly.
Potato Skins without the bacon
The only appetizer I tried was the bruschetta. I know it said there is a pesto in there, I can even see it, but the only thing I tasted was garlic. Raw, in your face, potent, stinking rose! Everyone agreed that the appetizers were good, but nothing special. But I must say that the firelight made everything look so nice! Can food look romantic? Because it did! I glanced over at Hubby and thought, DAMN my man looks good tonight! Firelight makes everything beautiful!
For dinner, Kellen ordered the Hawaiian pizza. He loved it. I took a bite, minus the pineapple because if you ask me, pineapple is a fruit only meant to be served cold, and I thought…meh. But it sure looked lovely in this light!
Hubby ordered chicken tacos. They were on the small side and tasted….meh.
Tracy ordered the BBQ Tri-Tip with sweet potato fries and liked it a lot. I took a bite…meh.
BBQ Tri-Tip with sweet potato fries
Debbie’s House Salad with Grilled Mahi Mahi was a nice healthy choice to have on a bar menu.
House Salad with Grilled Mahi Mahi
Chicken Nuggets and fries
Pam liked her Caprese Panini a lot.
I ordered a Turkey Pastrami Panini with a side of grilled veggies. It wasn’t bad. The bread was toasty but the meat inside was cold and, again, I couldn’t taste the pesto. All in all it was…meh.
Turkey Pastrami Panini
The Beachside Bar & Grill is a great place to watch sports, drink beer and eat affordable bar food. They have a fantastic patio (I hear they rent it out) and a wonderful fire pit that makes everyone look their best. The food didn’t disappoint, as it was pretty much just as I expected it to be. They offer decent bar food that adds to your experience, but isn’t the main reason you come here. Our waitress and singed fire boy took great care of our large group, and get A+’s.
Unfortunately the garlic from the bruschetta won over the sexiness from the firelight and it is Sofa-City Sweetheart for Hubby. That whole thing about “garlic is fine as long as you both eat it” is a bunch of hooey. No one is coming near me tonight. Not Hubby, not any vampires, not even my dogs.
The next blog will be this Saturday at 5:00 pm ( not Sunday because of some or other game going on). Space is limited so please let us know if you are joining us, and we hope you will!
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