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The Davenport Ale House
The newest kid on the block at Posner Park Retail Park is Davenport Ale House which opened in Dec 2014 and which we checked out for dinner last night.
This is a typical sports bar for drinking, dining or indeed a combination of the two. The restaurant is a decent size although not as big as Millers Orlando Ale House on the 192. The central bar is surrounded by bar stools with several TV Screens suspended above on all four sides, one side is open to the patio which provides a substantial outdoor eating area, perfect for a warm evening and with plenty of umbrellas to give shade during a sunny lunch. On this chilly February evening, however, the few hardy souls who sat at the bar and braved the elements had the benefit of patio heaters to keep the cold at bay.
Surrounding the bar area diners are accommodated on a series of high top tables and to the left of the entrance the dining area is primarily made up of booths. As well as the TV screens over the bar there are several screens on each wall, from where I was seated I could see eleven different screens without even turning round! The bar was quite noisy and the music quite loud although I must admit to enjoying the music played, Queen, U2, Roy Orbison, Bon Jovi all made themselves heard during our meal.
The menu is not extensive and we were told quite excitedly by one of the managers that they had just moved from a two page menu to a four page menu.
Appetizers are the usual sports bar fare, wings, ribs, mozzarella cheese sticks etc and there is a small selection of soups and salads. . Entrees are mainly sandwiches, burgers and handhelds with a small special selection which included steak, salmon and chicken Parmesan.
My husband chose French Onion Soup followed by a build you own burger and I had the chicken tender basket with fries. The soup took ages to arrive and was eventually brought by the manageress with humble apologies, this was when she told us about the change to a larger menu, not quite sure what difference this makes! My husband was only part way through his soup when our entrees arrived. The food was hot and tasty so no real complaints. Apart from the wait for the soup the service was good.
So how would I rate this place? Right now I would say 5/10 with the potential to be a 7/10. It was cheap, $36 for the above meals plus 2 beers and a virgin piña colada, but not exactly cheerful. It has no soul and needs to develop its personality.
For me it' s not the place to go for a evening meal, the menu needs to expand a few more pages! However, if drinking is more your idea of a night out and you like a noisy bar then this could suit you.
Given the lack of dining opportunities at Posner Park this could have real potential, but for me I would probably only visit again for a lunch time bite as part of a shopping trip.
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