Spike’s Sports Grill hits homerun

Lilly McCann

In the midst of Ballooncity, the bowling lanes, the laser tag arena and childrens’ squeals, there sits a big-kid sports bar and grill front and center.

The Clubhouse may offer family-fun activities, but Spike’s Sports Grill brings grown-up fun to foodies and sports fans alike.

Simple yet sophisticated in both food and atmosphere, Spike’s takes you away from the bustle of the arcade and into the world of sports. Cleanly framed sports memorabilia share the wall with flat screen TVs that broadcast a game on each and every one.

Spike’s takes the art of bar food to another level while conforming to a college budget. The menu features popular American cuisine including wings, burgers, hot dogs, pizza and even classic ice cream floats. Don’t see something you like? Spike’s has it covered by allowing patrons to craft their own chicken breast, Angus burger or hot dog masterpiece.

With a variety of appetizers like homemade deep fried potato chips and piled-high nachos, there is plenty to snack on between drafts and innings.

While Spike’s Sports Grill satisfies that big kid hunger for lunch or dinner, the dessert options cater to everyone’s sweet tooth and tastes from childhood. Patrons can design their own ice cream mountain, sip on smoothies or nibble on a variety of homemade cookies.

Five star rating system:

4/5 Clubhouse Sandwich: Generously portioned, this classic sandwich features ham, oven-roasted turkey, bacon and melted American cheese stacked between three slices of toasted and buttered bread and snuggled next to the side of your choice. As the name implies, The Clubhouse Sandwich is a signature sandwich that combines simplicity and flavor, like its atmosphere.

4/5 Spike’s Wings Mild Buffalo: The options are plentiful for these wings both in size, flavor choices and style while keeping it affordable.  Spike’s offers a moderate array of traditional wing sauce choices. The mild Buffalo wings lives up to its competitors in flavor but could use some more sauce.

4/5 Mint Chocolate Chip Shake: Mean and green, the mint chocolate chip shake is just one of the many shake combinations patrons can sip on. The mint chocolate chip shake has a refreshing mint flavor that won’t taste like you’ve just used Listerine. The shake is topped with a mountain of whip cream, speckled with chocolate chips and a cherry on top.

3/5 9th Inning Nachos: Smothered in cheese, topped with chili and scattered with tomatoes, onions, black olives and jalapenos, the 9th Inning Nachos fall short of a homerun. The nachos are graciously covered in toppings but are skimpy in flavor. While the flavor is lacking some, the portion makes up for it, making it an ideal appetizer to share among friends.