Tail Gators Brews & Grill is a Florida-style family sports bar
PORT ST. LUCIE – Sometimes you don’t want to change your clothes to go out to dinner. Sometimes you don’t want to refinance the house for dinner at a restaurant. Sometimes you just want a sports bar.
So when my husband suggested we go for dinner at Tail Gators on a Friday night, I looked at my jeans, noticed only one or two of our Dalmatians’ paw prints, brushed them off, and replied. : “Let’s go”.
Tail Gators is a Florida-style, family-friendly sports bar surrounded by 25 wall-to-wall flat-screen TVs, sports team flags, banners, and colorful fish art. The large bar serves specialty cocktails and craft beers. The seats consist of wooden chairs upholstered in green leather and glossy lacquered tables. The waiters were casually dressed in black shorts and green tops. The front of the restaurant houses a collection of electronic arcade games to keep you busy during halftime.
As we were seated, we noticed a group of happy, loud people at the back of the restaurant moving from table to table. Our waitress told us they were playing poker for fun and for gift certificates. If poker isn’t your thing, Tail Gators ‘events calendar includes bingo, karaoke, free kids’ meals, trivia, rib night, taco Tuesdays, and more.
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The extensive menu offers a wide variety of tacos, quesadillas, sandwiches and wraps. Burgers such as the fried mac and cheese burger and a novelty called the “After Party” burger served with bacon, fried eggs and cheese are featured prominently. Entrees range from ribs, steaks, fried or grilled seafood to meatloaf with included and optional sides – fries, cheddar mashed potatoes with sauce, street corn straws and onions.
The “award-winning” wings are offered with or without the bone with your choice of spiciness and sauces such as extra heat, swamp or smoky. Our choice was six boneless wings ($ 8.99) in a “gator bite” sauce with celery sticks and a blue cheese dip. The wings were tender and delicious, dipped in a delicious teriyaki and garlic sauce. We also ordered a Buffalo Chicken Dip ($ 9.49) which was a spicy concoction of ground chicken, lots of cheese, and hot sauce served with crispy tortilla chips. The tangy flavor of the dip was not to my liking, but my husband enjoyed it.
The menu lists its ground beef patty as the “best burger in St. Lucia County”. So naturally for his dinner my husband ordered the three cheese burger ($ 10.99). Strong melted cheddar, mild provolone and creamy American cheeses completed the medium rare, juicy and flavorful burger. For his part, he ordered coleslaw. I prefer the creamier coleslaw, but Tail Gators serves up a crunchy, sweet vinegar version my husband loved alongside his burger.
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My dinner was the Grilled Seafood Platter ($ 17.99) with Mahimahi and Shrimp, and I added coleslaw and homemade creamy macaroni and cheese and cheddar cheese. As I mentioned, the coleslaw wasn’t my favorite, but the mac and cheese was gooey and comforting. The Mahimahi was simply seasoned and perfectly grilled. The tartare and cocktail sauces were served separately, but a lemon wedge was clearly missing from the plate. However, our waitress quickly remedied the situation and a sumptuous lemon juice nicely enhanced the wonderful flavors of the fish.
Tail Gators offers a relaxed and fun atmosphere with a large menu of good old-fashioned comfort food. There is something to eat (and do) for everyone. The prices are reasonable, the service attentive and, most importantly, you can come dressed as you are.
Tail Gators Brews & Grill
Food: American sports bar rate
Address: Suite 103, 464 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Port St. Lucie, phone: 772-879-2700, and 1500 NW Courtyard Circle, Port St. Lucie
Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday; Thursdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m.
Alcohol: Full bar
In line: Tail-Gators.com; facebook.com/TailGatorsBrews.
Lucie Regensdorf dines anonymously at TCPalm’s expense for # WhatToDoIn772. Contact her at [email protected]
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