It was the lively patio that caught our eye. We were driving by The Canadian Brewhouse, and as we were game to try something new, we thought we’d pop in and check out this new-ish Big Box sports bar and restaurant on Route 90.
From the hockey stick-panelled waiting bench to re-purposed beer keg lights to dozens of screens for live events, the décor is literally designed to lure sports fans in for wobbly pops.
The only sport on when we were there was a counts-for-nothing baseball game, so we had our eye on the food, not the scoreboard.
We started with steak bites. They were pricey, but very tasty. Tender, flavourful (MSG?) with a nice dipping sauce I didn’t recognize but liked a lot. I would happily eat that again, but as my main. Not sharing next time.
Apparently I was in full-on carnivore mode. I had a steak sandwich to go with my steak bites. When I try somewhere new, I often order what they brag is the best or most popular thing they make. It was good, but I’d been spoiled by the bites.
It came with juicy mushrooms, a slice of garlic toast and I upgraded to their Kactus (yes, with a ‘k’) chips. The chips made me a bit sad. They weren’t really seasoned, nor hot. I probably would have sent them back, but I wasn’t hungry enough to eat them anyway.
The common clubhouse sandwich is often the yardstick my buddy uses to measure a new place. A sports bar and a club house seem like a good match, and they have three variations on their very large menu – a wrap, a burger and an actual sandwich. I hope the sandwich isn’t the best of the versions. The shaved chicken in it was so dry it was dusty.
Our server was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and attentive – everything that counts in a server. The 80s-style mini uniform this lovely young woman and her female co-workers apparently have to wear…really? It doesn’t do them justice.
On a scale of ‘true love’ to ‘call the health department’, I give it a solid ‘that was good and I’ll go back’. I think it has the potential to be a fun spot when my focus is less on just the food and more on having a fun evening watching a game.
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