If he were dining alone, I think Mr. Diner would choose a dining spot with a television every time. Iggy’s Sports Grill fits the bill with humongous television screens hanging from the ceiling in the center of the room. And of course, they’re showing live sports programming. On both the occasions we’ve been there, the sound has been off as a courtesy to diners, but I expect that when there’s an especially important or local game, maybe they have the sound on.
On this recent visit, the place was fairly empty and we were seated quickly. However, by the end of our meal, more people were coming in decked out in college football paraphernalia prior to the local game. Our server was speedy and courteous, filling a need before we even noticed we needed anything. That’s good service!
The complimentary warm bread was delivered with a side of chili sauce, which is sweet, tangy, and slightly spicy. An unexpected combination, but it works.
We were also in the mood for chips and ordered the Bottomless Chips & Salsa ($5.95). We added on the Guacamole, too (an extra $2.00). The chips and salsa were average. The guacamole didn’t fare as well; it was darkened (not prepared fresh, I’m sure) and had a pasty-texture with little flavor. I like my guacamole freshly prepared and slightly chunky with garlic, tomatoes, & onion at least. I guess I should mention it was a skimpy portion, too, but that was not a problem since we didn’t really like it.
Mr. Diner ordered the Jalapeno Burger ($8.95), which is topped with onion straws, jalapenos, green chilies, pepperjack cheese, shredded lettuce, and lots of garlic aioli & habanero sauce. It’s served with battered fries (yum!) and a pickle. The burger had a good flavor, but it was drowning is sauce that made the whole thing soggy. The fries were good and served with their house fry sauce, which is sweet with a hint of smokiness.
I knew that Iggy’s was known for their burgers, but was in the mood for a salad. They have several appealing ones on the menu. I opted for the Cabo-Wabo ($8.95) this time, which is a southwest salad that features lettuce, pinto beans, green chilies, avocado, chicken, cheese, onion straws, tortilla strips, and tequila-lime dressing on the side. It’s served in a classic tortilla shell. There was a lot of lettuce, but the other ingredients weren’t flavorful enough. The cheese was in large cubes; I would have preferred it to be shredded so I could get little tastes of it throughout the salad instead of biting into a chunk of it. The dressing was also a little weak. The whole thing was a bit of a disappointment for me.
Amazing Diner had a Kids Cheese Pizza, which he said had lots of cheese…almost too much, but he still liked it.
Sweet Diner ordered the Kids Spaghetti & Meatballs. It was actually one large meatball, which I count as a plus. I love going to an Italian restaurant and ordering a gigantic meatball. She said that meatball was the best part of the meal. It also had a ton of melted mozzarella (I guess that’s obvious, huh?).
Little Diner had Corn Dog Nuggets served with those fantastic battered fries. He ate them up, of course. (See that delicious sauce? They definitely got that right.)
Of course, my kids’ desserts led to me ordering my own dessert to go: the Homemade Bread Pudding served with pecan-caramel sauce and ice cream ($4.95). I had to forego the ice cream since I was taking it home. It was average. I would have preferred a more flavorful bread pudding; it definitely needed the sauce. I thought it was funny that when I ordered the bread pudding, the waiter said, “Really? I didn’t think anyone liked Bread Pudding anymore,” and then the table behind us ordered three servings of it right after I did.
Our take on Iggy’s? Eh…we could take it or leave it. Pretty average and nothing really special in our opinion. The sports grill atmosphere makes it fun for sports fans. They offer a Pre-Game Dinner Special from 4-6 pm, Monday through Friday. For $9.99, you can get a 3-course meal with soup or salad, choice of seven entrees, and choice of three desserts. Also, for a limited time, get a free Ice Cream Sundae with purchase of two entrees when you use this coupon (we forgot to print it & showed it to them on our phone, but they required a paper copy).
Entrée Price: $$
Average Fork Rating: 3.6
Mr. Diner: 3
Mrs. Diner: 3
Amazing Diner: 4
Sweet Diner: 4
Little Diner: 4