Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Beef o' Brady's

I wasn’t sure what to expect from a place by the name of Beef O’Brady’s: loads of burgers, steaks and potatoes? Quasi-Irish bar fare?

As it turns out, this locally-owned franchise within a national chain is best known for their Buffalo-style chicken wings. The sauce has proven so popular that they bottled it up to sell in two versions: mild and hot.

The interior of the restaurant is filled with clean wooden booths, with a more open seating area by the front window. The tendency toward an overly generic floor plan is tempered with the many pictures of local kids’ sports teams, sports jerseys and signs promoting their events. Television monitors abound, broadcasting a variety of sports (even motorcycle racing!) to the rainy day crowd. A small game room, certain to delight children of all ages, is an explosion of color, games and toys.

Our server popped by to take our drink requests. In addition to the usual sodas, iced tea and coffee, Beef’s also has a selection of draft and bottled beers and wine by the glass. The server returned with only my mom’s wine, as the remainder of the party’s beer selection had already sold out. After physically walking over to the bar— in order to see the bottled varieties— we settled upon the McSorley’s draft red ale ($1.75 a mug).

Our leisurely table had come close to finishing their drinks by the time the first plate was delivered. My dad ordered the Buffalo wing basket, “hot” ($7.49). Available in five heat levels, his choice showed a nice tingling, lingering spice that allowed the juicy flavor of the wing to come through.

It’s easy to see why these have become the restaurant’s flagship item. Coleslaw and a sealed container of bleu cheese partner up to tame any incipient waves of heat. Add on one hearty helping of golden french fries, and you’ve got a meat ’n’ three and then some.

Mom selected the fish ’n’ chips basket ($8.29), featuring four pieces of breaded cod, fried crisp and golden brown. They were tasty little things, invoking the unexpected memory of that childhood favorite, fish sticks. This also came with fries (good), coleslaw (creamy) and a sealed container of tartar sauce (the fish were fine without it).

My husband, Dave, whose burger had been given to another customer, watched from the side as I tucked into my Island Shrimp Salad ($7.99). A large portion of tired salad greens, flecked with carrots, onions and tomato, supported a skewer of five large shrimp. The menu stated that these were to be brushed with tropical spices, then grilled. What sat in front of me looked crumb-coated and fried, not the naked shrimp I’d anticipated. Nonetheless, with a quick pass from the oil-and-vinegar cruets I’d requested, it was a fine enough salad.

Dave’s burger finally arrived, along with my long-lost, long-ago requested drink refill. The ‘O’ Brady ($7.79) is a thick patty topped with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and onion. He’d asked them to hold the mayo, but add bacon, turning it into one massive burger indeed! Although regular fries were requested, lightly spiced curly fries came in their place. While not a personal favorite, they were up to par with the rest of the table’s generally tasty fries.
I’d thought our server had again forgotten my dad’s order of a cup of chili ($2.99), but it finally showed at the eleventh hour. This smoother style chili was piping hot and nicely spiced, making me wish that I’d had the forethought to order one to take home.

Beef O'Brady’s is a casual, clean sports pub that places it emphasis on family and fun. The menu has enough variety to appeal to a range of adult tastes, while the kids’ menu has more than just basic fare. Add into that their philosophy of partnering with the community through sponsorships, donations and local sporting support, and you’ve got one wholesome addition to the Newport News neighborhood.

Beef O' Brady's
309 Oyster Point Road, Newport News
Phone: 249-9464 Fax: 881-9416
Web site:
Specialties: American pub fare
Price range: soups and salads: $2.99- $7.99; starters: $2.99- $6.99; burgers, sandwiches wraps: $6.99- $9.49; baskets: $6.99- $8.49
Hours: 11 a.m.- 10 p.m. Monday-Friday; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday; 12 p.m.- 10 p.m. Sunday
Alcohol: beer and wine
Smoking: no
Vegetarian: limited
Wheelchair accessible: yes
Payment: cash, credit
Noise level: conversational-to-noisy
Atmosphere: casual family sports pub
Additional Information: kids eat free on Tuesdays (with adult meal); happy hour 4 p.m.- 7 p.m. Monday- Friday; lunch specials 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Monday- Friday; catering
Star rating: food 3, atmosphere 3, service 2 1/2
(out of five stars)


Blogger Susan said...

Brady's sounds like the kind of place we'd go to on a Friday night when we still lived at home. Jeff's grandfather, Pop, always got the fish and chips and would love Brady's version. Sounds like a fun place!

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