Sports bars with great service are bank in my book. Often, I visit ones where the rowdy action that’s happening on TV and throughout the bar gives servers an excuse to neglect your dining needs or act hurried in their interactions, but I’m pleased to say Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers in Old Town Scottsdale is a great exception to this rule.
I went there recently to watch the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat (woo!) and had a great time chilling out on the mister-filled patio. We had prime seating in front of a large flat-screen television and a cool view of Old Town Scottsdale. Now I know why the patio is constantly packed whenever I drive by – the place has great food, a killer happy hour, 25 TVs and service with a smile.
One of the things that’s greatest about Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers is that their happy hour lasts until 7 p.m., and starts at 3 p.m. It features great specials, including $3 domestic pints and $5 appetizers.
As the restaurant name implies, the beer list is huge, but my favorite part about the meal was the delicious grilled cheese sandwich and side salad. The sandwich comes with fries or chips for $8, and with my salad, it was only $10. This was great bar food, a huge portion, with three types of cheeses and tomato. I added avocado, which is my favorite way to have it. I was impressed with the fresh salad, and left taking half my sandwich home.
My companion’s Turkey Burger ($12) also looked generous, and he said it tasted graet. I stole some of his sweet potato tots (an extra $2), and they were worth the splurge – perfectly crispy and, again, a massive portion that had him taking half the meal home.
Throughout the night, I was pleasantly surprised any server that passed by our table checked on us. Servers should work as a team, helping out each other’s tables with whatever they need, and that’s the philosophy here – really impressive.
The atmosphere was fun, with friendly banter and cheering among tables for the games. It’s casual and unpretentious, yet you’ll feel valued and have a great meal. Also, be sure to “check in” on Yelp, Facebook or Twitter to score 10 percent off your bill.
Learn more about Cold Beer & Cheeseburgers here.