The lights aren't dimmed out of necessity because there's no need to obscure greasy wings of questionable origin or grunge to hide. Rather, this sports bar is clean and ever-so-slightly fancy—words we never expected to see together.When we walked into Sidelines Grille, the first thing we noticed was that it didn't feel like a sports bar. Rather than splashes of red and black amid tacky, fan-themed decor adorning the walls, this joint believes in doing things a little differently. One wall, for starters, is completely covered by a projector screen. A big one. (Seven by 12 game-saturated feet, to be exact.) And the other walls are decorated in relaxing green and brown hues, accented by warm woodwork, stretching up to tall, open ceilings and exposed ductwork. And yes, though Sidelines is smoker-friendly, it's not hazy and grime-y like so many smoking bars we've ventured into before.
This is a place where the lights aren't dimmed out of necessity, there's no need to obscure greasy wings of questionable origin and no grunge to hide. Rather, the ambiance is clean and ever-so-slightly fancy. At the honey onyx bar, you can order up any number of adult libations, but we prefer stopping in for our midday food fix (lunch, as some call it). One of the most popular dishes, the French dip, combines thin-sliced roast beef, served on a hoagie and smothered with Swiss cheese, au jus and horsey sauce. And if that doesn't scream Sports Bar Fare, it's likely that the hand-cut steaks, homemade soups or BBQ Shrimp + Jack Cheese Grits won't either. Namely because this joint has achieved what we've always hoped for: all the games that we get from the neighborhood sports bar, but with the classiness (and savoriness) of a nice lunch out. A lunch where you're allowed to yell at the ref.
French Dip, $8
Shrimp + Jack Cheese Grits, $8
Southwest Eggroll Wrap, $7
Surf + Turf, $16
Monday – Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
Sunday, 12:30 p.m. to midnight