Here I am saying that I was going to be more consistent with my blogging and I go silent for almost a week. I promise I am getting better but this project at work is really taking its toll on me. Today, I have a fun restaurant review of a local place my boyfriend and I really love for you guys to read. Thank you so much for the wonderful comments on my last two posts. You guys are awesome!!
One of our favorite places to watch the “big game” is Lee Roy Selmon’s. It is a local chain of sports bars started by one of the area’s biggest sports legends. Lee Roy Selmon was a defensive lineman for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was the first Bucs player to be inducted to the NFL Hall of Fame. Selmon’s achievements and contributions to the Tampa Bay area are numerous but my favorite is definitely his chain of restaurants.
Lee Roy Selmon’s is a sports bar with plenty of Southern home-style cooking. Whenever we are craving wings or want to watch a game, we always head to Lee Roy’s. So when they asked if I wanted to watch some March Madness and try the new menu items, I simply couldn’t resist.
Full Court Fanzone Menu Items
The folks at Lee Roy’s truly outdid themselves with their spring menu items. Inspired by the current basketball season, the menu has items that are delicious and fun to eat, They also provided beer pairings for several of the items for the first time. Since I love beer, I was thrilled to see this addition because I don’t always want a mixed drink or a glass of wine with dinner.
The new menu offers three new mixed drinks and two craft beers. The first two mixed drinks I sampled are made with a house-made infused vodka. Finlandia vodka is infused with fruit juices, liquors and simple syrup for 72 hours.
When I arrived at the Sweet Sixteen Party, one of the servers handed me a drink, the 3-Point Punch. It is made with orange and pineapple infused vodka and topped with a splash of Sprite. The flavors in this drink created a sweet, tart, citrus blend that was delicious.
Next up, I tried the Tropical Tango Martini, which was made with orange, pomegranate, pineapple and cranberry infused vodka. I enjoyed this drink a little bit more than the 3-Point Punch. I found that the flavors were smoother and blender together very well.
Once everyone arrived and the games were getting ready to start, the chef brought out the first food item. It was the first of two recommended beer pairings on the new menu. The Buffalo Chicken Nachos were paired with the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA, which has a crisp, clean taste. The beer was an excellent pairing with the nachos because it balanced the heaviness of the nachos with a light finish.
While I was enjoying another dish, I was handed the Perfect Brew-Rita. When I read the description, I was a little wary of the flavor combination. This one was definitely my favorite of the drinks on the new menu. It reminded me of a classic margarita with just a hint of oranges. The oranges came from the surprising ingredient, a Shock Top beer.
When the entree came out, the chef paired the Filet Medallions with Goose Island 312. This beer reminded me of the Dogfish we tried earlier because it was light and crisp. It paired very well with the grilled filet.
My friend Megan was also at the event. She recognized one of the hostess’ from the last tasting she attended at Lee Roy’s. Apparently, they had a rather lengthy discussion about adding bacon to Bloody Mary’s. To our surprise, the hostess brought us each a Pigskin Bloody Mary to try. It was AMAZING! Of course, I love a good Bloody Mary though. And yes, that is two slices of bacon and pork rinds rimming the glass.
With all of those drinks, there had to be food too. The new menu features three dishes that are sure to instant classics at the restaurant. Now, I realize that this is supposed to be a healthy living blog but every now and then a girl needs to eat delicious, not-so-healthy food. Right? Right.
The first dish we tried is the Buffalo Chicken Nachos, which was paired with the Dogfish Head IPA. Crispy chicken tenders are tossed in buffalo sauce, served over house-made nachos and then topped with cheddar and Jack cheeses, fresh salsa and a blue cheese drizzle. Holy yum! These things were fantastic. The buffalo sauce wasn’t too spicy and the blue cheese drizzle really complemented it well.
Next up, we tried the Filet Sandwich. This sandwich is part of the Buzzer Beater Special, which means that you also get a Bud Light or soft drink. Tender filets tips are piled on crusty French bread with Swiss cheese, a smoky hickory chipotle sauce and crispy fried onions. The amazing sauce totally made this sandwich!
As I mentioned, my boyfriend and I LOVE the wings at Lee Roy’s. I was thrilled to see that we would be sampling some of them even though they aren’t new. The Selmon Brothers’ Wings aren’t fried. They are slow smoked and grilled with spicy Oklahoma sauce (one of the four signature sauces). What we love about them is that they aren’t fried so you don’t feel too guilty about eating them.
The last entree we tried was the new Filet Medallions. This one reminded me of the dish I usually order (grilled chicken with wild rice). Marinated filet tips and vegetable skewers are grilled over and open flame and served on top of a bed of rice. The flavors on this dish were amazing. I loved the charred vegetables!
Last but certainly not least, we ended the meal with dessert. The Crunch Time Sundae is a scoop of vanilla ice cream rolled in Cap’n Crunch cereal, topped with hard shell chocolate, whipped cream and Reese’s peanut butter chips. I don’t think I would have ever come up with such a unique spin on an ice cream sundae. I really wish that I had because this thing is amazing! And it is the perfect size.
The food on the new menu was so delicious that my boyfriend and I went back the very next night. He wasn’t able to come with me so he was a little jealous of the food we tried. He loved everything especially the filet sandwich. Like I said, the sauce totally makes it.
Disclosure: I received a free meal from Lee Roy Selmon’s in exchange for this review. This has been one of our favorite restaurants for a long time now. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.