Sports Center

Review by: Michael Stern

Sitting at the Sports Center is primal. Culinarily speaking, it is primeval.

In back, there are pool tables. Up front is a long bar, where seats near the door afford a breathtaking view as well as a good whiff of a well-seasoned flat-top. Piles of onions, sizzling hamburgers, and hot dogs crowd the iron surface.

Need I say that this is not the place you want to take your significant other for a romantic supper?

But if you are looking for a juice-dripping, half-pound hamburger, piled with sweet grilled onions and sided by utterly lascivious, hand-breaded onion rings, all presented in a setting that flips the bird to fashionable lifestyle nostrums, the Sports Center can’t be beat.

There are other items on the menu – hot dogs, corn dogs, wings, and a few square meal dinners during the week — but for most people, hamburgers are the main attraction (not counting adult beverages).

For people-watching, the Sports Center is a treasure. A large number of customers are regulars, greeted by name; some have been coming for decades. The family who work the grill and draw beers are enthusiastic pros who can be cooking eight things at once while carrying on a half-dozen conversations. One time, a few years back, when I asked the cook if anyone ever ordered anything other than hamburgers or hot dogs, she replied, “We serve more bullshit and lies than anything else.”

What To Eat

Cheese Hamburger

Onion Rings

Hot Dog


Sports Center Recipes


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