My dad and I really wanted to watch the University of Cincinnati football game versus South Florida while we were in the western Cleveland suburbs a few weekends ago. I did a quick search online to see if there was any sort of Cleveland alumni group but I didn’t find much other than an event listing for a game watch at Merry Arts Pub & Grille earlier in the season for the NC State game. After a quick phone call to the bar, and a phone call back from them, we were on our way to the bar.

I knew we were in for a treat when we walked in after kickoff to find that the game was already on the biggest screen in the bar and the sound from the game was on too! And it only got better from there. Their beer list was really good, and we later found out that they were all really affordable pints too. This is your classic neighborhood watering hole and we watched as many regulars arrived at the bar with their newspapers in hand, ready for a long Saturday at the bar.

Turkey Panini

Being that the game started at noon, eventually we were ready for some lunch. I had read many reviews mentioning their tacos, but soon realized that they are only available on select days. Eventually I settled on the turkey panini. This isn’t a thin sandwich from a panini press but a thick grilled sandwich topped with french fries, cole slaw, and tomatoes. I’ve had sandwiches similar to this in Pittsburgh, but wasn’t aware that they were available outside of the steel city. This sandwich was very good and the onion rings were awesome!

Slider Basket

My dad went with the slider basket with seasoned fries. I did not sample the sliders but my dad said that they were very good. Their seasoned fries were also a nice touch. The basket did have four sliders, but I couldn’t snap a picture before my dad had already devoured one of them. Distance runners sure do have a¬†ferocious¬†appetite. We stuffed ourselves full of great food and watched as the Bearcats went on to win the big football game.

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