Although initially excited at the prospect of having a new sports grille here at SDSU, my hopes were dashed after my first visit there with a few friends this last week.
I knew several weeks ago that I would be doing a food review of Weary Wil’s Sports Grill but persuaded my editors to let them get up and running for a couple weeks, as to give them time to work out the kinks that all restaurants go through as they open to the public for the first time.
I arrived at 8:30 p.m. to meet my friends for an evening meal after a long day of class and work.
I had mixed emotions about the place as soon as I entered the doors.
The overall layout and design of the place is spacious with comfortable looking booths. At first glance, it looked like a nice sports grille theme that didn’t seem too overbearing.
What struck me was the lighting, though. It was far too bright for a sports grille or for any nice hang out joint at 8:30 at night. It left me with the impression of walking into a cafeteria, almost as if I had walked around the corner into a secluded section of the main eating hall of The Union itself.
Even worse, the spacious layout of the place and the harsh bright lighting unfortunately allowed me to see the fact that the beautiful hard wood floor apparently hadn’t been mopped in quite some time.
As we prepared to order we were informed that they were only serving their appetizer menu, and to top it off they were out of wings, which was disappointing since it was only 8:30 at night.
Dismayed at the limited menu selection, each of us ordered a different item to get a taste of what they had to offer. I have to say that what we were served was sadly lacking in quality.
Although the dipping sauce for the chislic I ordered was very tasty, the chislic pieces themselves were completely over-cooked almost to the point that they were inedible.
Two other groups ordered the cheddar cheese pints and the portion sizes were vastly different. One person only received about ten cheese pints while the other received mound of them. To top it off, as they began to eat them they asked me if they were supposed to be white in color.
After tasting one myself, I commented to them that I thought they might actually be mozzarella balls instead.
For me, the nachos my friend was served were hands down the worst dish we as a group were served that evening. Instead of toppings coming out on the traditional tortilla chips, they came out on top of a pile of regular potato chips.
When I think of nachos I think of a tasty array of ingredients intermingled with the chips themselves, creating a meal where every chip has a little bit of everything on the plate.
Unfortunately, what my friend received was a pile of potato chips topped with ground beef and a layer of broiled cheese with badly chopped tomatoes, a ragged piece of lettuce draped over the top and some guacamole and sour cream on top.
To top it off, the way the nachos were cooked caused the layer of cheese to form into a kind of cheese flap draped over all the ingredients beneath, which was very unappetizing.
The only saving graces of the entire meal were the order of potato skins and the banana splits two of us ordered.
The potato skins were cooked perfectly and epitomized what potato skins should be, crispy skins of potato topped with cheddar cheese, bacon, and sour cream. As for the banana split, although I didn’t have a bite, it looked as good as how my friend told me it tasted.
To be fair to Weary Wil’s, I haven’t eaten off their dinner menu yet so I can’t comment on the quality of their dinner items. What I can say is that based on the food that I did eat, (which, I might add, was at a time when there were very few people dining) I don’t think that I will be going back.
Frederic Cone has been a professional chef for 15 years. Contact him at [email protected]
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