The devils’ in the fries at B-O-B’s
I took my son Bob to his first Florida Gator Sports event when he was 10 years-old.
“Look Bob,” I said standing in front of what we called the O’Dome back then pointing at the Ben Hill Griffen football stadium.
“Gator football, Gator basketball, and Gator baseball all right here side by side,” I added waving my hand from left, to right.
Bob and I saw the Gators win a Saturday basketball game that day and then we headed over to Beef O’Brady’s on NW 43rd St. to catch another game on television and share a victory meal.
The GLOB Master might have more great Beef O’Brady’s memories than they have Gator sports memorabilia. Well, I have a lot of great memories . . .
Last weekend I was excited thinking about catching the end of the regular season Gators vs. Wildcats basketball game while enjoying a Beef O’ Brady’s Saturday lunch. Plus it was an opportunity to experience all things deep fried, and grilled to game day satisfaction. And on Florida Gator game day everyone at Beef O’Brady’s is wearing orange, and blue.
Beef O’Brady’s calls their restaurant a family sports bar. I think that moniker works at Beef’s. Every time I have been to this lunch stop there is usually one each of every kind of customer you could think of including moms, sisters, dad’s, sons, sports fans. Gosh GLOBer there is a good chance there might be one or two non-sports fans in the building, however if I was a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on it.
‘Beef’s menu’ has all the heart stopping, artery clogging bad food prizes, and some new B-O-B entrees – to me -- for the daring, brave, first time customers, For example Hand-Breaded Chicken Tenders ($10.29) that are 3 chicken tenders hand-breaded, fried and served with BBQ sauce or honey mustard dressing sounds like a good lunch item.. Plus a yummy sounding Seafood Combo ($12.99) consisting of a fillet of mild white fish and shrimp served with fries, coleslaw, tartar sauce, lemon and cocktail sauce should be large enough to share..
Those entrees were in addition to the burgers, char grill , chicken wings, sandwiches, wraps, salads, tacos, and bowls.
There are several lunch combos available, and a ‘Build Your Own Premium Burger Combo’. Combos include ‘straight cut’ French fries, and a soft drink or tea for ($8.49).
A good friend has more than once mentioned he thinks the Beef O’Brady’s chicken wings are the best in town. With their own webpages on the website chicken wings come in many different flavors, and different levels of heat from Garlic Parmesan to Nuclear for the manly man chicken wing eater. Wings can be bought in sizes ranging from six wings to 20 wings starting at $10.29
There is a complete Beef O’Brady’s menu at the restaurant link below this review.
So I was engrossed in the menu, seriously thinking about an award winning poultry lunch when I spied the flyer on the bar describing Saturday’s featured Item:
SMOKED SIRLOIN STACKER ($10.00)
Delicious, sliced, tender smoked sirloin with caramelized onions,
pepper jack cheese with a drizzle of Kentucky Bourbon sauce.
Served on a buttered brioche roll.
Surprisingly I over came my diabetes eating guilt trying not to think about the brioche bread and a plate of glorious French fries looming in my lunchtime horizon.
My lunch arrived and right away I felt a sense of elation seeing my Smoked Sirloin Stack was in fact wedged between two slices of bread, not a sub sandwich roll.
It could have been the steak sandwich of my dreams GLOBers. With pieces of steak, cheese, onions oozing, creeping out the sides of my sandwich was completely in love with the flavors, tastes of this diabetes belly bomb.
Remember stories about the the good angel, bad devil sitting on your shoulders? I know there is a French fry diabetes devil laughing, sticking, prodding me to take that giant step to spuds-ville and eat all the crispy, fried to perfection, potatoes on my plate.
I have reached a point in eating, a lifestyle with food restrictions, to realize there is no longer such thing as bad French fries. I must be re-programmed. Looking at the plate of white potato goodness my thoughts turn to, “That’s a lot of French Fries, maybe I will just eat a few.”
So be proud of me GLOBers. Please don’t rain on my lunchtime parade. I did eat some fries. But I didn’t eat all of them. And I only ate one slice of the brioche bread.
It may not sound like a big deal to you. I find myself thinking of what my slightly built sister says about food, eating. “Sometimes I feel like there is a 500 pound women trying come out of my body, so I have to be careful about what I eat all the time.”
And she doesn’t have a diabetes devil on her shoulder heaping guilt on her lunch time food fest.
The Pluses and Minuses of Beef O'Brady's:
Beef O'Brady's + indicators: Tailgate, bar food, deep fried bliss, plus a sporting event on every television in the building.
Beef O'Brady'sn - indicators: There are not many things in here your doctor, nutritionist, or the food police would applaud you for eating.
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