By Leigh Bratina
Beef O'Bradys Family Sports Pub Restaurant is a "new" restaurant, soon to be a neighborhood staple. It's new to the Birmingham area, though it is a nationwide chain restaurant. The new "Beef's" is located at the new Target shopping center in Hoover, just off of highway 150 and Interstate 459, in what is called "The Grove" shopping center. Beef's is a bit hidden in the far east of the parking lot, across from Superior Bank.
Beef's has several tables and booths to accommodate a small crowd as well as a private party room and game room. The restaurant caters to the sports crowd by offering a nice size bar area with seating as well as several large screen TV's sprinkled throughout the place. Local sports memorabilia graces the walls, as well as photos from the area. Owner George McCluney welcomed us to the new establishment and shared his excitement for Beef O Grady's coming to the city of Hoover. It was an excitement that I also noted in his staff. The hostess and wait staff were very accommodating and friendly, as they seated us immediately to a booth.
Tonight for dinner, it was just my husband, Tom and I and our youngest son, Jack. We ordered drinks while we pondered over the extensive menu
Jack and I both ordered the strawberry limeade, I cannot say that I have ever had a limeade as delicious. It certainly beat out any soda. I immediately imagined dropping into Beefs at the Groove for the Strawberry Limeade alone. It was THAT
We started with an appetizer, the Combo Appetizer to be specific. It arrived hot and was made up of delicious finger foods to much on while we waited for our main courses. In the basket were Crispy chicken fingers, mozzarella planks, onion rings and cheesy quesadillas that my son really liked. The basket came with a trio of condiments to dip in: a honey mustard sauce, a marinara and my favorite, a horseradish-y sauce that was orange in color. I liked the flavor so much, I dipped everything in that one alone.
Beef O Brady's has many great "Beef" dishes, but what might surprise you is that they are well known for their wings. Wings are a true specialty at Beef’s®. The award-winning, jumbo-sized wings are always made fresh to order, then hand-tossed in one of 12 famous sauces. My husband is a wing connoisseur. He ordered his hot wings in the "Nuclear" temperature. The waitress asked if he was certain he wanted them that hot. What she didn't know was my husband enjoys some heat. Actually allot of heat. When the hot wings were delivered to our table we could smell the spicy scent coming off of them. Tom ate a couple wings and declared, "They aren't too hot", but on the next wing I noticed sweat beading up on his cheeks. I knew he was a happy man. "The spice catches up to you the more you eat. These are pretty hot!"
There were a number of delicious looking sandwiches and soups on the menu, but I placed it safe and ordered the Asian Mandarin Chicken Salad. I had the choice of having it with grilled or fried teriyaki chicken, I chose the fried. The salad was a feast for the eyes with almond slivers, crispy wontons, sweet mandarin oranges served with a zesty Pan-Asian dressing. The flavor combination and crunch of the salad was like a fiesta for my palate. I will certainly order the salad again on a future visit!
Our son Jack was very pleased with the number of choices on the kids menu. Though Jack is not a picky eater, if he were I don't think he would've had a hard time finding something to please him. The kids menu has allot of kid friendly selections: Mini Corn Dogs,Grilled Cheese, Chicken Nuggets, Hamburger, Cheeseburger, Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Chicken Wrap, Grilled Chicken Salad and the kid favorite-Chicken Fingers. All kids meals come with a choice of side (mashed potato's, fries, broccoli, fruit, etc. as well as a child's cup of milk or soda). Jack decided upon the mac and cheese and french fries. The mac and cheese tasted much like the "blue box", which I am certain carries a "Kid Approved" seal.
Beef"O"Brady's has that pub feel..."a place where everyone might know your name" but it is a great place for families, couples, friends and business people alike. It's a place that my family will enjoy dining at again.
Beef O Brady's Grand Opening is on May 10, 2010.
Cuisine: American, Casual Dining
Features: Family friendly , Children's menu , Beer and wine , Major credit cards accepted , Takeout and Outdoor Dining
Menu price range: Most entrees less than $10
Handicapped Access: Yes
5519 Grove Boulevard
Hoover, AL, 35244Directions
Mon - Sat:11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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*Leigh is a full time mother, a part time photographer and writer. Her photography and written work is featured in several professional business and local publications. She owns her own photography business, Photographic Memories. Leigh resides in the Alabama with her three children and husband "Big Daddy". You can read more of Leigh's daily adventures by visiting any of her three blogs: Tales from Bloggeritaville
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