Good | Worth a Return
Grumpy’s | Sports Pub Cuisine & Best Beer Menu | Aiken, SC
Review by: Michael Stern
Yes, you can eat sports pub cuisine at Grumpy’s; but beer takes center stage. The menu lists cans, bottles, draughts, and beers that are “coming soon.” Select what you like by character: toasty, fruit-honey, even gluten-free. A cerevisaphile (beer aficionado) could sit here all day — as some customers seem to do! – and barely make a dent in the approximately 100 varieties available. To maximize the experience, the bar sells beer flights: four small glasses of different on-tap brews.
While drinking beer, Grumpy’s customers watch any one of a dozen different televisions, large and small. They dominate the room, all, of course, tuned to sports events. If there’s no big-deal game going on, few people pay much attention to the TVs. They’re busy chatting, bragging, making time, and playing musical stools at the bar.
Roadfood isn’t much about beer drinking or about what goes on in sports pubs. And to be clear, Grumpy’s menu is too generic to be heart-and-soul Roadfood. Its location is completely uninteresting, in a shopping mall anchored by a Publix grocery. So, why list it here? Because Grumpy’s serves exemplary versions of a style of food for which even the most devout Roadfood warrior in search of unique regional specialties sometimes surreptitiously hankers: bar food. That means half-pound burgers, sliders and wings, BLTs with ridiculously large amounts of bacon, Saratoga-style potato chips and creamy-sweet sweet potato chips, and a long list of appetizers that includes fried pickles, fried mac ‘n’ cheese, and beer-battered mozzarella sticks.
I’ve never had a great meal at Grumpy’s, but neither have I had a really bad one. On days when I crave a platter of chili cheese nachos or beer-battered fish and chips served amidst the clamor of happy drinkers, Grumpy’s is just the ticket. Sports pub cuisine to the max!
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner, Late Night|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|