I don’t know what possessed me to order another Sports Bar/Grill Living Social voucher. I guess I am a glutton for punishment! But, I was kind of excited about this place, if for no other reason than because it was in Vancouver. We wouldn’t have to worry about the rush hour traffic if we’re a little late headed home after lunch, and even though I call my blog “Hungry In Portland,” I do love the city I call home: Vancouver, Washington. So I tried to remain optimistic, and hoped that this would not be a repeat of the past sports bar experiences (the food was great; the atmosphere just wasn’t my thing.)
Location: 800 Main Street, Vancouver
Order: I ordered the Adult Mac & Cheese along with a Watermelon Lemonade while my husband ordered the Bacon Cheeseburger with Fries.
What I Think:
My “sports bar” concerns were not assuaged when I first walked into the Main Event Sports Grill and to my left, I saw a stripper pole. Oh great. This place is SCREAMING sports bar with television screens on every wall at every angle so that no matter where you might be sitting, you can watch a game, and it’s dim lighting and dark decor. However, after looking past the stripper pole and seeing that most of the patrons were actually female, my spirits began to lift. Maybe this place might not be so bad after all…
I found a nice table (or so I thought) that was located near a window. However, it happened to be located next to a table that had been occupied by several women, and my husband complained about their tendency to … well … talk. A lot. But that certainly is not the fault of the establishment. I guess I should have chosen the other side of the booth, so that I would have been the one to endure most of the chatting.
We were served our drinks pretty quickly, and let me just say: the Watermelon Lemonade ROCKS! Oh my goodness. So sweet and delicious. The sweetness of the watermelon softened the tart lemon, and made for a very smooth beverage.
My “Adult” Mac & Cheese was also delicious. The “mac” was represented by penne pasta that was tender and not mushy, and it had been smothered in a spicy cheese sauce … seasoned with what I surmised was chipotle pepper and onions. Bacon was crumbled and tossed in with the pasta, and then the whole cheesy mixture was topped with breadcrumbs and then put under the broiler until it was golden brown. Finally, the whole thing was topped with some Bleu cheese and served with a lightly buttered breadstick.
The first thing I noticed is that this bowl was HUGE. Then, I noticed that the sauce was very … well, saucy. That is to say, it seemed to be rather thin. But by the time I’d reached the halfway point, the sauce had thickened up quite a bit and was no longer a puddle of sauce at the bottom of my bowl.
This Adult Mac & Cheese is a delightful medley of flavors – but it is definitely not for sissies. It has a real kick to it … and is one of the most flavorful macaroni and cheese dishes I’ve enjoyed in a long time. The cheese was creamy and tangy, the spice sort of crept up on me, starting out as just an enjoyable warmth but before I knew it, it was a real kick in the mouth! (It’s a good thing I had that watermelon lemonade!) The bacon added a pleasing texture and smoky, bacon-y flavor to it all. Even the breadstick was enjoyable – buttery and a little bit crisp, but warm and tender on the inside. YUM!
My husband enjoyed his burger, but I think the atmosphere sort of wore on him, and I think he would have enjoyed the experience a bit more if I had selected a different table. I did manage to steal a fry or two, and they were deliciously crisp, shoestring fries.
My Final Thoughts:
I think I enjoyed this experience a bit more than my husband. I don’t think we’ll be back, because I think that the atmosphere left a very unfavorable impression on my husband, but as for me, I’d go back if only for the Watermelon Lemonade and Mac & Cheese … maybe a to-go order? The menu is a bit pricy for us though, however, when one takes in to account that you leave there STUFFED because the portions are large, it seems to soften the blow of the price tag just a bit. I enjoyed it, my husband not so much, and there are many other places we can go to that are just as good that my husband will also enjoy.