September 30, 2012
THE TAKE OUT BUTLER’S TAKE
When I heard that my college, James Madison University, was playing West Virginia on some obscure Pittsburgh cable network, there was only one person to call and one place to go. I dialed local owner, Cormac McCarthy, and he promptly confirmed that he had cable access and hospitably allocated a pair of large flat screens to my party. Honestly, where can you get that kind of service? The folks that appreciate what Cormac and his wife, Lora, have done at the popular FishHawk location will further notice the same quality, service and culture at Bell Shoals. The common denominator: Cormac, a warm Michigan transplant perfectly named to operate an Irish sports pub.
I was pointed towards the new Angus Pretzel Roll sliders to get started. Bread is often key and these unique pretzel rolls were soft, salty and satisfying. I continued the red meat frenzy with the new Steak Bowl. It was a tossup between that and the steak tacos as both feature grilled skirt steak and Creamy Poblano sauce. I opted for the Steak Bowl as it comes with a healthy side salad in case my physician or wife somehow read this piece. The plentiful bowl had a tremendous taste to it and makes you look at comparable offerings from those fast food joints and ask why?
What’s a protein-laden smorgasbord without something sweet to finish the job? The tempting one gram of fat Strawberry Skinny somehow lost out to the dynamic duo of Chocolate Eruption and Chocolate Peanut Butter Explosion bars. Wow…rich, mousse laden and plate-scraping good.
Cormac and Lora have shown a continued commitment to our community. From supporting Bloomingdale and Newsome High Schools, to partnering with fundraisers for every cause known and unknown to man, they have stepped up. They also make their high tech banquet room available to groups like the FishHawk-Riverview Rotary, Christian Business Connections and a legion of fantasy football fanatics. Why not stop in and chow on some of this great new fare, root on the home team and support a local restaurant that is clearly “Where Game Time Meets Family Time!” There is an award winning delivery service just a call away, ready to bring Beef’s right to your favorite table. Are you hungry?