We decided upon a little sports bar not too far from home called Champion Bar. When we got inside, we discovered that the real name was "Champions Bars + More". According to the name on the menu, there is more than one champion and more than one bar? It was a unique/different atmosphere, but we decided to try it out.
The food was pretty good. We came to two conclusions: 1 - that trying out new places is really fun, I think we laughed all through dinner, and 2 - that this "sports bar" was surely owned by foreigners.
Let me tell you a little bit about our experience. Upon walking in, you notice several things about the ambiance, one of them being the red, fancy curtains in the windows. It was also the only sports bar I've ever been to with a two page long, extensive wine list.
There was old school music playing from the juke box in the corner. When I say old school, I mean old school show tunes mixed in with some Beatles and other oldies. The waitress was singing along to these tunes, making us think that it was her playlist, and we were treated to her lovely singing as she brought us our silverware, food, drinks, etc.
Derek insisted that the sanitation rating (hanging directly above/next to my head) was way too good for a sports bar.
We went with a simple appetizer called the "Hat Trick", which was a sampler platter. In hockey, a hat trick is 3 goals...the sample platter had 4 different foods in it. After ordering, Derek went to tell the waitress our 3 selections of the 4, but she had already gone. In this restaurant, a hat trick indicated four, not three.
The kicker, though, was the beaded decoration hanging directly above our heads from the home-made tiki-hut.
This is a Turkish charm that is believed to ward off evil spirits. How do I know that? I have one hanging in my kitchen :). My exchange student gave it to me last year before going back to Turkey. There were three of these in the restaurant.
The food was good, we had a great time, and I haven't laughed so hard in a while. This place was big on Karaoke, they have contests every weekend and the winner gets their name on the wall. I would say we'd go back...but we've now promised to try at least one new place a week. Just to keep up the tradition.
As we walked out, we realized we should have suspected something from the start.
Champions Grill & Bar. Not to be confused with Bar & Grill.