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Friday, June 25, 2010

Sea Shell Bar and Grill

I spend quite a bit of time west of the city not only because my sister lives in Oakdale, but it's very easy to get out to Robinson Township from Mount Washington. Just go down the hill, get on the Parkway West and in about 10 minutes you're there...Unless there's traffic, of course! Anyway, I've passed the Sea Shell many times and it always looked appealing to me. As you pull into the parking lot you can see a nice outdoor patio with a few tables, but the day we were there it was about 90 degrees so we chose to head inside.

Stacy and I were able to sit at the last two seats at the bar which was pretty vibrant with the happy hour crowd. It was a wide age mix...we sat at the end of the bar with the older folks, where we belong! At the other end of the bar was a group of 20 something young ladies, including one that looked like she had some significant surgical enhancement. Within a few minutes my suspicion was confirmed. Not only did she like to show off her new figure, she also liked to talk about it! I'm OK with that, and Stacy got a kick out of eavesdropping.

Happy hour runs from 5 to 7, Monday to Friday and is limited of a large domestic draft for $2.50. Not a bad deal if you want a large draft, which I always do. The guy next to me ordered a hamburger ($5.99) which looked great! He must have noticed my glances, and confirmed that it was a fantastic burger.

We had a late lunch so Stacy and I chose take a look at the appetizer menu. This was my only disappointment. There were a dozen different choices, including the standard Chicken Tenders, Jalapeno Poppers, Fries and Onion Rings, but all of them were deep fried. I don't have anything against fried food, but it's nice to have another option. We decided to pass on the food, had another drink and left.

The Sea Shell is definitely a place that I will return to. The crowd was fun and the bartenders were attentive. The menu is typical bar fare with a selection of fried appetizers, salads and a nice sandwich selection. This is by no means fine dining, but a nice choice for an inexpensive sandwich and a beer.