Beef O’Brady’s – It’s Not A Television Store

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - by Willie Mae

This weekend, I made the mistake of going out for supper with Lou on a Saturday night. Lou is a football fan and he suggested we go to a place in Ooltewah to watch the Georgia game.

I don’t particularly like sports, but I am always game to go to a place I have never tried. Located on Snow Hill Road in the Publix Shopping Center is a place called Beef O’ Brady’s. When we walked in, I wasn’t sure if it was a restaurant or television store. It had more televisions than Sears!

There was a bar to the right and plenty of booths and tables, but there were at least 20 televisions on the far wall and a few in the center hanging up and a few all over the rest of the place. I guess the idea was for you to be able to watch whatever team you liked.

The menu had quite a bit to offer and it all looked good. I asked the cute little waitress what the OMG burger was and she said it stood for “Oh my gosh”. It was a 12 oz. burger – and as soon as she said that, I said, “Oh heavens!” If they got any bigger, maybe they should put an OH burger on the menu. I don’t know how anyone could eat all that meat though. Maybe it was for the football-watching men who grunt. They were all in there watching the games and shouting or grumbling.

It was a noisy place, but kind of fun too. Our waitress wore a T-shirt that said Auburn and Lou pointed at her and said “War Chicken!” From the look on her face, I don’t think she knew what he meant. Neither did I. She asked if we wanted to start with an appetizer and at first we said no, we just wanted a sandwich - but I saw fried pickles for $6.39 and I was curious to compare them with others I have tried.

I had only tried fried pickles since I started this project because all my friends just rave about them. I wanted to see what the big deal was and the first ones I had tried in Trenton were horribly salty. I still gave the fried pickles another try at a couple of other places and they weren’t so bad. Out of all the ones I have tried, Beef O has the best fried pickles thus far. The batter looked knobbly like they hand-breaded them. It was crunchy and the pickles were tender but not flimsy. They weren’t too salty either. Perfect.

Lou ordered the Cuban sandwich for $8.69 which had salami, ham and Swiss cheese. I ordered the BYO burger for $7.99 which stood for ‘build your own’. I had them add grilled onions, bacon and cheese.

Most of the televisions had the Georgia game on and they were winning. Each time they did well, the group of grunters hollered out and it made me jump! This was not my idea of how to enjoy a meal, but I knew we were supposed to go for the game and the atmosphere. If you like football, this is a fun place and you can pick whichever game you like. Lou kept telling me about ‘yards’ as if I understood the game. I don’t like football and never watch it. My late husband only liked golf. When you observe men watching football it is as if they go back to the caveman days - they can’t watch it without their mouth hanging open and they have no clue what is going on around them, which made for lousy dinner conversation.

Our meal was brought to the table and my burger had the biggest toothpick stuck in it I had ever seen. I don’t use tooth picks, but I doubt anyone could have gotten that one between their teeth.

While Lou was eating his sandwich and watching the game (thankfully with his mouth closed) I was jotting down a few notes. Our waitress came and asked if everything was okay. When I quickly tucked my tablet back into my purse, I told her “Everything is wonderful,” and Lou said, “You haven’t even taken a bite yet!” Isn’t that just like a man? He knew what I was doing and he put me on the spot. I told her I liked the pickles.

I opened my burger and saw that the ‘grilled onions’ weren’t really cooked all the way, and I don’t like them raw so I took the oversized toothpick to pick them off (I like finding a good use for things).

The burger was quite good, I didn’t touch the fries, because I liked the pickles so well, I just ate them instead. I don’t give these out much, but the pickles and the burger deserve a Willie Mae “whee-ee doggie!”

Lou had excused himself to the bathroom and I didn’t think he would ever come out. He missed the ending of the game and I just knew he would be mad at himself. When he finally came out, I told him that I think his team won and he said, “Yes, I know. I was watching it in the bathroom.”

That beats all I have ever seen. I enjoyed the food and it was sort of fun to see everyone cheering for their team, but Lou sure didn’t score any points with me on this jaunt.

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