By: Dan I. Cook
I heard that Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille opened up their fourth restaurant in Coral Springs last month and since I’ve visited their Lighthouse Point location, I was very interested in trying it out. So when I received a call from my friends inviting me and my wife out, I jumped at the chance.
The first impression I had of Bonefish Mac’s is that they dumped some money inside this restaurant. Nice decor and not too cluttered. It was very spacious with two nice sized bars. If you don’t look carefully, you may never find the 2,000 square foot covered outside bar once you walk through the main entrance. I would describe this restaurant as being the better looking sister of Millers Ale House. But what was so amazing is with little advertising, this place was already busy. We went on a Friday night, sat in the huge outside bar area, and it was packed. Just goes to show you that good news travels fast in our community.
We ordered the Homemade Potato Chips, Chicken Wings, the Ultimate Mac “N” Cheese Dog, Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Stuffed Shrimp, and the Buffalo Bills Chicken Sandwich. First up, the Homemade Potato Chips were damn tasty. Good crunch and I like the seasoning. They weren’t over fried either. They offer them covered with bacon and blue cheese which I’m going to try next time.
My wife had the Chicken Sandwich plain. She enjoyed it too but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary. My buddy and his wife shared the Chicken Wings and got them medium. They both liked them and they looked pretty meaty.
He then ordered the Ultimate Mac “N” Cheese Dog with bacon which is described as grilled 1/4 pound all beef hotdog split and covered in their famous homemade Mac “N” Cheese. Let me stop right there. I laugh when I see something labeled “Famous” especially since I live local and never heard of how great their Mac “N” Cheese is. I think that is kinda cheesy – no pun intended. My buddy thought Mac “N” Cheese was creamy and thick. It stood up well on the hotdog.
His wife got the Stuffed Shrimp which I sampled. We both liked it. Nice size portion and when I added a squeeze of fresh lemon it made the favor pop more. The helping of the crabmeat stuffing was generous and you could taste the crab and not a lot of fillers. I had the Buffalo Bills Chicken Sandwich which is fried chicken tenders tossed in hot sauce. I had that to go. It was good, but I like my Buffalo Chicken Sandwich made with a whole breast. I just love breasts – pun intended here folks. The hot sauce was good and so was the flavor. Overall, pretty standard fare and the taste was fine.
Boat Drinks Galore
Highlight of the evening was sampling some of their speciality drinks. First off, I’m a man’s man and the last thing you will ever see is me drinking a frozen “foo foo” drink, unless I’m on vacation or at the Mai-Kai Restaurant. So my buddy and I are reading over some of the specialty drinks and we are both getting a tad bit excited, almost like a girl looking at puppies. We decided to share two of them with two straws in each glass so we can drink them together at the same time.
We ordered the Bonefisher which is their homemade passion fruit, pineapple, and cream of coconut medley, KeKe Key Lime Liqueur, and Sailor Jerry’s with a twist of strawberry purée. Of course, for two bucks we added a floater 151 Bacardi. The other drink was Oasis In the Storm which has Bacardi Superior Rum, coconut rum, Blue Curaçao and pineapple juice. I like them both, but I was drawn to the Oasis In the Storm. It’s not a frozen drink like the Bonefisher. I like my foo foo drinks to be on the rocks. Even my margaritas I always get on the rocks. It had a great tropical flavor and was nice and refreshing. Kinda had a Mai-Kai vibe to it which is a great thing.
The staff is friendly, but still trying to figure things out. The flow of the service was choppy which is standard for any new restaurant. You could easily see they are overstaffed to make sure they worked out the kinks. Their was a mixup on my take out order but it was quickly taken care of. I’m a bathroom freak and I’m happy to report it’s very clean with a cool modern looking stone sink.
It’s easy to see in this review a “giant is awakening” with this restaurant and it really has a chance to blow up here in Coral Springs.. I think it has a good foundation which makes chains like Bru’s Room, Flanagan’s, Millers Ale House, and Quarterdeck succeed. The food is decent and the decor is perfect. I think once the service comes together, this joint will easily take over Millers Ale House. I’m going to give it three beers for now, but it’s close to four. Who knows maybe the Mac “N” Cheese will be famous as predicted in the menu.
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Bonefish Mac’s Sports Grille
Coral Landings III Shopping Center, located on W. Sample Road and 441
6174 West Sample Rd.
Open 11:00 am – 1:00 am daily except on Saturdays until 2:00 a.m.