Rosie O’Gradys was O’So Delicious!

By Wendy Pollitzer

December 9, 2010

Irish Drunken Shrimp and Yum Yum Sauce

The Lunch Bunch traveled to Rosie O’Gradys in Beaufort Town Center, next to K-Mart this week.  We were pleasantly surprised and treated to a mountain of great food! Owned and operated by Mike Pressley, the Irish Pub and restaurant has all you need to enjoy a fun dining experience.  T.V.’s on every wall, it’s the perfect location for a Saturday or Sunday afternoon football game.  And, it’s got all the mouth-watering appetizers and sandwiches you love with a few hidden treasures you have to try as well!

Mike generously brought out a few samplers to munch on while we waited for our entrees.  We tasted the Irish Drunken Shrimp boiled in Guiness Beer and served with “Yum Yum” Sauce, Rosie O’Buffalo Shrimp rolled in Scampi Hot Sauce and Garlic and the Breaded Mushroom Basket served with an incredible Horsy Sauce! Okay, the Irish Drunken Shrimp are definitely a Must-Have. Not only are the Shrimp delectable, but the sauce that comes with the shrimp is the most amazing dipping sauce you’ve ever put in your mouth! I guess that’s why they named it, “Yum Yum.” Mike can’t reveal the secret ingredients of this spicy sauce. You’ll have to go try it for yourself!

The menu is full of old favorites and new creations.  Said to have the best wings in town, Rosie O’Gradys offers a variety of Rosie O’Wings, including Jamaican Jerk, Teriyaki Glaze, Jim Beam BBQ, Frank’s Hot Wings, Szechwan, Orange Wasabi, Lemon Pepper, Garlic Butter, Honey Mustard and Habanera. Kim got Frank’s Hot Wing’s, a bar favorite, and she loved them!

Elizabeth and April were in burger moods and opted for the Beaufort Burger with Jalepenos, Swiss and Bacon and Rosie O’Sliders respectively.  The Black Angus burgers were mighty tasty, according to the girls. But neither had the courage to try Rosie O’Gradys signature burger, the Samuel L. Jackson Chili Cheeseburger from Hell. Next time girls, next time!

Pamela ordered the Bluffton Buffalo Shrimp Wrap that included the spicy “Yum Yum” sauce rolled in a soft tortilla. And Barry opted for the Savannah Anna Melt, a grilled 5 oz. chicken booby topped with BBQ sauce, bacon, and Pepperjack on a Kaiser roll. I really love how all the entrees are named after local towns. Other creations are the Frogmore Philly Cheese Steak, the Tybee Island Rescue Squad Fish and Chips Basket, the Pocataligo Pulled Pork Barbeque and the Yemassee yard Bird!

I got the Southwest Savannah Eggrolls, chicken and black bean eggrolls served with an Orange-Wasabi Marmalade. I was too stingy to share, but I do believe that it was a table favorite! Yes, I know it’s my own opinion; however, I know this Lunch Bunch well. If they would have tasted these, they would have agreed-the Eggrolls are a Must-Have as well!

Rosie O’Gradys boasts “the Best Damn Happy Hour” Monday-Saturday from 4-7pm and also offers a variety of specials each weeknight. Mondays and Tuesdays are “In the Biz” nights. If you work in Food and Beverage, expect 15% off your bill. Wednesdays are Ladies Nights with $2 House Wines and $1 Vodkas. Thursdays are Man Nights with $2 Beam and Miller Lite. Fridays and Saturdays, you’ll love singing karaoke with “Big B” and “Melissa.” (Do you hear that Ash M., Kelly C. and Sonya R?) Of course, college Football rules on Saturday afternoons and NFL dominates Sundays. And, you can enjoy $2 Peppy & Kamakazis, Busch, Icehouse and PBR all the time!

Rosie O’Gradys is the best-kept secret in town. The Sports Pub and Eatery is a new favorite of mine. The food and service were exceptional! Thank you Mike for inviting us! We will be back!

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