WTGW 4/30/14: Beef O’Brady’s, Stow

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Poor Ted. He can’t catch a break. His last pick goes down as the worst in WTGW history, so this week he tried to go to the exact opposite end of the spectrum and chose Dante for his pick. But after browsing the website, Shane vetoed that pick since he couldn’t find anything on the menu under $25. High rollers we are not, at least not for WTGW.

So instead we ended up at Beef O’Brady’s – the pick Ted thought about choosing when he audibled and choose Gus’s a few weeks back. How things come full circle. Especially too when we look up Beef O’Brady’s website and it touts “90% of our menu is under $10.” Yeah, that’s more our style.

Anyway, as I think was mentioned on Ted’s last pick, Ted was the only one who hadn’t ever set foot in this place before. Shane and I were there once, right after we moved to the area, and I don’t recall being that impressed. But luckily it seems they’ve revamped the menu a bit since then.

The first thing to get our attention was “Happy Hour til 7:00” – which meant that all drafts were $1.00 off. Horraay! Supposedly the waitress put two rounds in at the happy hour price, but when we got our bill (many hours later) we discovered that wasn’t the case. We weren’t going to come to blows over $1.00, but it was still something to be noted.

When we asked what was on draft, the server handed us her handwritten beer list. Interesting. Amanda and I were happy to find Summer Shandy on the list. You’ll notice this to be a theme for the rest of the summer … or at least until we get sick of it and start craving fall hard ciders, ha. Anyway, I stopped reading once my eyes found that option, so I really can’t speak for what else was on the list. Shane went with Angry Orchard, and Ted ordered something that they ran out of as they were pouring (usually that only happens to me and Amanda), so he got a free something else since they were too busy to change the keg right at that moment.

The real star of this picture is the Summer Shandy

The real star of this picture is the Summer Shandy

(Side note, I obviously need to start writing down the names of the beers he drinks. For the love, Ted, just once pick something normal.)

Anyway.

We ordered the loaded pub chips as an appetizer, and it was quite a large portion. Enough that we didn’t finish all of it, especially once the entrees came. Honestly it could’ve been warmer, as the melted cheese basically congealed as soon as it got to the table. And as much as I love cheese, that’s kind of on the turn-off list.

Bar food, how I missed you

Bar food, how I missed you

Wings were on special – 10 for $4.99. I think they heard Shane when he looked at the menu and complained that the prices were a bit high (it worked out to about $1/wing). So of course both guys got the wing special AND a full additional meal. I see we’re back on the plan of dying before we hit middle age. Awesome.

A burger and wings. Guess who these plates belong to?

A burger and wings. Guess who these plates belong to?

Ted had the steak burrito, Shane ordered the OMG burger, I had the Roast Beef Garlic Melt and Amanda went with the Philly Cheese Steak. I was not overly impressed with my sandwich – again, the cheese just wasn’t good since it was cold within two seconds of hitting the table, and the Cuban bread wasn’t all that great. We didn’t talk much about everyone else’s food, which I take to mean it was neither awful or fantastic – just your basic bar food. The guys did agree that Ted’s wing flavor – the sweet jalenpeno – was better than the garlic that Shane ordered. This was also obvious in that they were supposed to be sharing, but Ted ate more of the kind he ordered, so clearly he didn’t want Shane’s. At lwast I think that’s how the guy code works anyway?

The broccoli cancels out the melted cheese, right?

The broccoli cancels out the melted cheese, right?

Deliciousness

Deliciousness

This is also how our kitchen looks every time Shane cooks. That boy has a thing with napkins.

This is also how our kitchen looks every time Shane cooks. That boy has a thing with napkins.

It's tough to leave food behind. It'll be OK, Ted.

It’s tough to leave food behind. It’ll be OK, Ted.

The atmosphere was OK – the place was never super packed busy, but stayed steady. It seemed like it would be a good place to catch a game, as – unlike last week – there were plenty of TVs. Noted for next year’s football schedule announcement, Shane.  The specials board also said that Thursdays are $1.00 12oz domestic drafts. Noted.

Also noted – Shane needs to stop trying to “recreate” the turtle picture from the Aeros game last summer. Seriously. Give it up.

Ummm ....

Ummm ….

Well ...

Well …

Maybe we should stop this for tonight ...

Maybe we should stop this for tonight …

In the ongoing new challenge of finding the most interesting thing in the bar and taking pictures with it, Ted walked away from the table at one point and came back with a balloon duck. Um … OK? But needless to say, it definitely spawned some interesting photos. And that he later buckled into the seat of his SUV after he dropped us off and nicknamed it Paddles. We may have a 5th member of our dinner group.

Ted and his new "friend," Paddles.

Ted and his new “friend,” Paddles.

I still don't know where Ted found this thing.

I still don’t know where Ted found this thing.

Just sharing a drink with a balloon duck. Nothing to see here.

Just sharing a drink with a balloon duck. Nothing to see here.

This picture really says so much about our entire night.

This picture really says so much about our entire night.

CAPSULE

Picked by:  Technically Ted. After we all vetoed his first choice, though, so kind of a group decision.
Drinks: Points for having Summer Shandy on the draft list. Points taken away for making us read said list basically off a bar napkin. 
Food:
Eh. Nothing special, but also nothing we sent back to the kitchen. Personally I would order something else next time – and at least the menu is extensive enough to allow for that.
Service: We were super impressed when the server told us that our second round was put in under the time frame of happy hour specials, but not delivered until later since she didn’t want them to get warm. And then we got the bill and were very much not impressed when that wasn’t the case.
Overall: OK. We will probably end up back here at some point, but it’s not high on the list.

Next Pick: Shane

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