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.
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. Bit fare with big flavors, from half-pound hamburgers to BLTs made with six big slices of bacon.
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|