Despite a Small Bar, Lauderdale Grill Makes a Bitchin’ Bloody Mary

This spacious bar and grill hidden in the back of the Harbor Shops has all the trappings of a sports hangout: two bars inside and out, plenty of big-screen TVs (including two projection screens), and some good pub food too. Lunch specials start around $7 and feature creative choices like a fried snapper Reuben made with local fish and jalapeño slaw, and grilled cheese on challah with house-made chili. The place also makes prime rib that it ages for four weeks, then smokes to completion. Happy hour, with half-priced drinks, runs 4 to 7 p.m. daily. There are a few problems, though: The central bar is pretty small, and the televisions above it are mounted too high. You've got to crane your neck to see the games; that, or face away from the bar and watch the projection screen behind you. Our suggestion: Come on a weekend, grab a breezy patio seat, and partake of the bloody mary bar that runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For four bucks, you get a double shot of vodka and access to more than 20 bloody mary fixings, from tomato juice and lime to an outstanding homemade mix.

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John Linn