Pros: Nice atmosphere, good food, fairly cheap
Cons: TV's can be somewhat hard to see, small bar area
I ate at the "new" Beef O'Brady's located in D'Iberville, Mississippi. The layout was nice and decor very appealing lending to the sports bar theme. The service was poor on one occasion, but very good at following visits.
Here are my criteria that determine service quality:
-- whether the drinks get refilled promptly (shows the server is keeping an eye on the table for needs)
-- menu knowledge (a server who knows the menu, and can answer every question about it is an indicator that this person likes their job and will DO a better job)
-- Comes back to table often to check on things
-- Friendly, even when they are having a bad day
-- Clears the table (or has it cleared) promptly
-- Brings the check promptly
The food came quite quickly with the overall taste being consistently good to very good. Serving size is pretty much the same as similar restaurants, and is enough to either fill you up or make you content.
They have a "contest" where if you eat 20 of their hottest hot wings in 20 minutes, you get a Beef O'Brady T-shirt. Granted the wings were $10, the challenge was easy for me since I like hot foods. Their wings are one of the best I've tasted at any establishment. Though their hottest is hot, compared to others, but it still wasn't "light your tongue on fire" hot.
Many patrons, especially college-age kids, will come just for the wings and wide selection of beers.
Overall, the prices are very competitive allowing for a relatively inexpensive dining experience.
Being a sports bar, there are a lot of TV's scattered around. The picture quality on some of the big screen TV's weren't as good as other sports bars, though the volume levels were just right, enabling easy conversations without shouting.
I also like that this is a family oriented sports bar...it's never "over the top" with adult references, making it inviting (and non-offensive) to children and their parents.
The bar area was pretty small, and you can tell the focus was on the restaurant side, which I liked. If I were to go go to hang out with the gang, having a few drinks and watching some games on the screen, I would most likely go to another sports bar, but if I wanted to have a pleasing meal in a comfortable atmosphere Beef O'Brady's is hard to beat.