Report Card: Beef O’Brady’s

Beef O'Bradys. from the inside

Beef O’Bradys. from the inside

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http://beefobradys.com

 

Overall GrubGrade B

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade B-: Well, we missed the turn for the Beef O’Brady’s parking lot, but that has more to do with my horrible sense of direction and a really damn slow navigation program. Beef’s looks pretty nondescript from the outside, and on the inside Beef O’Brady’s looks like exactly what it is – a sports bar. Lots of big flat screen televisions and OSU memorabilia adorn the walls, but that’s pretty much the case with every sports bar located in and around Columbus. The B- score comes from the high noise level, which normally is to be expected in this type of establishment, but not one that is pretty much empty, like Beef O’Brady’s was during our visit. The tables are spaced nicely, but the seats are fairly uncomfortable. Add to that the fact that there were a plethora of menus on our table, and all of those were really sticky, which makes us wonder a little bit about the hygiene of the place.

High marks: Straightforward décor, good table spacing

Low marks: Nothing really unique, sticky menus, uncomfortable seats

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Service: Grade B-: We really don’t like being served by committee. A good service to us means the same person takes care of our needs from start to finish. We don’t mind if runners bring the food to us, as long as our server accompanies them. The server’s name on our receipt is Steven, but we were served by no fewer than 3 different servers. All of them did an okay job, although the service wasn’t really engaging. The B- score, however, reflects a mistake (albeit small and quickly corrected) made with Katina’s order. We ordered our food pretty much straight up with very few tweaks (which is rare, especially for Katina), and the joint was far from jumping, so there was really no excuse for any mistakes.

High marks: Okay service

Low marks:   Not engaging, multiple servers, less than perfect accuracy

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Food/Spirits: Grade B: We started with a Whole Lotta Steak Nachos for our appetizer. While it didn’t seem to have near the amount of steak on as the menu picture suggested it would, it was still delicious. These were probably the most “American” tasting nachos we’ve ever had. The tortilla chips were nice and crispy, the steak was tender, and the use of a little bit of cheese sauce and shredded cheese instead of dousing the whole pile in cheese sauce kept everything nice and crisp. These nachos were better than most nachos we’ve gotten and Mexican restaurants. Katina opted for the Signature Sangria to drink, and I chose a Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold for my drink. The sangria was pretty good (not the best we’ve had) and was very fruity with some blackberry dominance. I’ve reviewed the Dortmunder Gold before, and I still enjoy the thick texture and hint of spiciness. I was just a touch disappointed with the beer selection at Beef O’Brady’s. It seemed a bit anemic, but the beer menu was so confusing that there was a good chance that I just missed half the selections. Katina ordered the Pulled Pork Sandwich with onion rings instead of fries (she got fries delivered to her, hence the aforementioned mistake, but was quickly presented with a plate of onion rings).   The pork was nice and tender and the sandwiched was dressed with Sweet Baby Ray’s barbeque sauce, which is one of Katina’s favorites. We were impressed with high quality, lean pork on the sandwich. I ordered the Prime Rib Sandwich with fries. We’ll start by saying the fries may have been the most perfectly cooked fries we’ve had – they were scrumptious (Katina even ate some of the fries she received in error, which is like buying a dress, wearing it once, then returning it to the store the next day). The Prime Rib sandwich was probably the driest, greasy sandwich I’ve ever eaten. There was supposed to be a creamy horseradish sauce and brie cheese on the sandwich, but I am almost 100% convinced those ingredients were left off. I mean how can you miss the taste of horseradish – it’s a dominating flavor. Thank god for the au jus or the sandwich would have been difficult to choke down. Overall, it was pretty good, but I don’t think it was quite served the way it was supposed to be.

High marks: Great nachos, really good pulled pork, phenomenal fries   

Low marks: Prime Rib sandwich didn’t live up to the hype

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Value: Grade B: Two or three drinks, and appetizer, and a couple of decent sized sandwiches took us just north of the $50 mark. Not too bad. We left satisfied, but there was definitely not enough left over for doggie bags, so portion size was good but we wouldn’t call it generous. Beef O’Brady’s is definitely a nice place to eat if you looking for some pretty decent bar/pub style food. Make sure you stop by if you can navigate that stupid round-about in Hilliard.

High marks: Decent quality, not too expensive

Low marks: Portion size could be a tad more generous

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