When I walked into Whiskey River, 210 East Trade St, for their media day where they were letting us try their new menu I wasn’t expecting much. I’ve never been much of a fan of bar food, and in my mind, Whiskey River wasn’t going to change that.
Here’s the thing, the food served at Whiskey River isn’t bar food. I was at a restaurant with some of the best food I have had at a restaurant in the EpiCentre, and as a food addict that’s saying a lot.
We started with appetizers, all which were good. From the jalapeno poppers to the Buffalo shrimp everything they brought out left me wanting more.
In my opinion, the best part didn’t come until the General Manager, Eric Flanigan, put the barbeque spud in front of me. A baked potato, bacon, sour cream, cheese and any kind of meat I wanted piled on one plate. It was all of my favorite foods right in front of me.
Flanigan says I liked the spuds because they were “his idea.”
Oh, and you can’t forget the barbeque sauce. Flanigan knew he wasn’t out to have the best barbeque, but he knows Whiskey River is going to be the place to be.
“We’re not really trying to win competitions. We’re not trying to be barbeque pit masters. Our idea is beer, wings and barbeque, so if someone else’s barbeque down the street is better than ours that’s fine. You’re going to have more fun coming in here,” Flanigan said.
And he’s right. Where else can you go to eat good food, drink good beer and watch someone embarrass themselves on the bull after they have had too many drinks?
And if you haven’t ever tried a good fried candy bar, you don’t have to wait until the fair comes around again. They switch out the candy bar every month, and to start them off they are using Milky Ways. Whiskey River’s friend candy bar was my first, and it definitely won’t be my last.
If fried candy bars aren’t your thing the apple crumble pie is delicious, as well as the funnel fries, which are like a funnel cake in French fry form.
With the addition of a full restaurant, Whiskey River doesn’t look much different. It still has the same bar-feel, they just added about 175 seats. At night when nightlife picks up bar seating will still be available with a late-night menu.
I know the thought of eating lunch or dinner at Whiskey River seems a little off, but take my advice when I tell you to at least give it a try. I know I was surprised when I took my first bit of food until I walked out of the bar, and I can guarantee you will be too.
It may not be the best barbeque in the South, but what fun is good barbeque if you aren’t having a good time?