Try the Food! That’s the one thing American Rock Bar & Grill owner, Gustav Pavone, wants everyone to know. It’s more than a great neighborhood bar, it’s a great restaurant. Our lovely waitress, Kara, helped us navigate the extensive menu. All the dishes are cleverly named after classic rock groups and singers. It was difficult for us to narrow our choices since so many of the items sounded very enticing. We started with “The Wailers,” the chicken wings served with blue cheese, celery and carrots. The hot, medium or mild signature sauce is served on the side so you may add as much or little as you like. You may order them wet if you prefer but these meaty wings stay extra crispy until you dip them into a sauce that keeps you going back for more.
Spinach dip made with artichoke hearts and three cheeses; nachos loaded with jalapenos, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream; calamari and even homemade potato chips served with white wine vinegar and Cajun spices are just a few of the appetizer choices.
American Rock Bar & Grill also offers margarita and garden pizza, soups and a large variety of salads.
“The Madonna,” a caprese salad, made with beefsteak tomatoes, fresh basil, mozzarella, olive oil and sea salt is one of my favorites. The Hawaiian salad, featuring pineapple, chicken, mango, macadamia nuts, onion, carrots and snap peas in an oriental ginger dressing, is not to be missed. For someone who enjoys a heartier salad, the fried chicken or steak salad is a must.
Plenty of sandwiches are offered, ranging from the “Black Flag” angus burger and “The Doors” grilled chicken sandwich with bacon and cheddar to “The Smiths” club sandwich or the “Billy Idol” Italian. However, the most popular item on the sandwich menu is the owner’s creation, the Rock’s rib eye —a grilled rib eye steak served with fresh tomatoes on a toasted baguette with fresh mozzarella.
The restaurant offers an early dinner combination that allows you to choose one item from a select group of entrees including mahi-mahi, New York strip, shrimp, meatloaf, etc. and then choose a second dinner for only $.99 from another select group of entrees including: spaghetti and meatballs, eggplant parmesan, risotto and chicken parmesan to name a few. This value also includes warm crusty bread and a choice of soup or salad.
My husband decided on the New York strip steak served with baked potato and vegetables grilled to perfection. I selected meatloaf — easily enough to feed two hungry people. It had finely minced onions and peppers that added to the rich flavor and was served with mushroom gravy, whipped potatoes and topped with crispy fried onion rings — absolutely delicious.
Chef Tony Anelo creates two homemade soups every day. I chose the fresh tomato basil, which was rich and creamy and served with shaved cheese and toasted croutons on the top. My husband selected homemade beef stew. This thick, hearty stew had been simmering all day bringing out the delicious mix of carrots, onions and potatoes, making the beef “fall off the fork” tender. Believe me, it is worth the trip for the soups alone!
Several pasta entrees, such as penne alla vodka, baked ziti and ravioli, are available along with steaks, ribs, chicken and fish. For the vegetarian, risotto cooked with fava beans, onions and vegetable broth; pizza, salads and eggplant parmesan are there for the asking.
And don’t forget the desserts. Hot lava cake, ice cream with candied pecans, and chocolate mousse. The restaurant’s signature dessert is the caramel crepe. This decadent thin crepe is rolled with a creamy caramel sauce inside, dusted with powdered sugar and served warm with vanilla ice cream, which I highly recommend as the perfect way to end your meal.
American Rock Bar & Grill offers a “happy hour that never ends” with 3 for 1 drinks every day from 4 to 8 p.m. and 2 for 1 drinks every evening after 8 p.m. There is a DJ each Friday night and a different local band every Saturday night. Sunday nights are Brazilian nights with dancing and music for everyone. Ladies drink free from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. every Friday night. The bar and restaurant is available for special events such as birthday parties and banquets. They are also available for fundraising events and have hosted several for the American Cancer Society and for the ‘Grind for Life’ charity, which helps children with cancer.
The restaurant and bar opens at 4 p.m. daily, but will open earlier on Saturdays and Sundays during football season. American Rock Bar & Grill is located at 1600 E. Hillsboro Blvd. in Deerfield Beach in The Cove shopping center. Contact: 954-428-4539., www.AmericanRockBar.com. Until we eat again…
By Becki Coffy