So Pilar and I decided to try out Fanatics Sports Bar and Pub, the restaurant section as we are not drinkers. We’d heard they offered delicious yummies and happened to be hungry as we passed by and so went in. It was a Monday night so we figured it would be quiet, no loud drunks or loud music, and we were right for the most part.
It is what it is no matter what day or time one steps in. Primarily a bar with some tables as an after-thought.
The menu featured typical pub fare for this area. Pilar decided to start with the Potato Soup and I with the French Onion Soup. Hers was nicely garnished with real bacon and the bit I tasted was very good. Mine featured unusually gooey cheese…not in a bad sense….I loved it. I am, after all, a cheese devourer. The French Onion Soup was perfectly tart.
Main course, Pilar had the Steak Tacos with Rice & Black Beans and I had a HUGE Pastrami on Rye with Fries and Coleslaw/Pickle.
Pilar usually takes her time eating like a Lady and finishes long past the time I have devoured my last morsel, but this time she was finished about 10 minutes before I finished!! I asked if she was extraordinarily hungry and she stated that she was not but that the food was so good she ate at a more rapid pace than is her norm. She said that in particular, the cilantro was super fresh and the sauce was super yummy (she didn’t actually say “yummy” by the way.)
My Pastrami Sandwich was piled high was Pastrami, aaaaaaaalmost like the type you find in a real Jewish New York City Deli, and there was enough for two meals! The fries were crisp, the coleslaw nice and cold and the pickle very crisp, as a pickle should be.
The service was excellent as well. Mindful yet non-intrusive and our server was a cheerful fellow.
Keeping in mind that this IS primarily a bar, and one which caters to sports fans with its dozen or so big TV screens lining the walls, I would say that this is not a place to bring children. Not because of the bar, but because of the constant “F” bombs exclaimed at random and rather loudly by the bar patrons…and there were only seven. I can imagine a Friday or Saturday night!!
Notwithstanding the “F” bombs, we had a pleasant evening with good solid American style entries and a nice server.
Fanatics Sports Bar and Pub
400 Broadway, Monticello, NY 12701
Phone: (845) 791-1103
• Good for Singles, Couples (not for romantic evenings though), and of course, SPORTS FANS
• Street Parking
• Rated R for naughty bar patron language (not for young children.)
• Deck for outdoor summer dining