For this review we welcome a member of our own JRR family: Rhonda Kovar is a former call center manager turned stay-at-home mom. She grew up in the heart of North Carolina and moved to Florida after getting hitched in 2002. She is a graduate of Lenoir-Rhyne University and a lover of all things crafty, musical, or edible. Rhonda loves finding new and delicious ways to turn her two tiny picky eaters into future foodies.
We love to try out new spots and stretch our palettes a bit. But it’s also nice to hit up a familiar place every now and then, where you know for sure the food will be great. One of our go-to favorites is Seven Bridges Grille and Brewery off of Gate Parkway by Tinseltown. They have consistently great food, nice atmosphere, and friendly service. And beer. Let’s not forget the beer. We’ve eaten at Seven Bridges countless times and have yet to have a bad experience. We love the atmosphere…it feels like a combination of fine dining and neighborhood bar. Walk in and it feels cozy, but still very open and expansive. You can have an intimate dinner at a table or booth or hang out and have a few drinks in the bar area. They even have a nice heated patio if you prefer outdoor dining. No matter where you sit, the whole place is very comfortable and welcoming. The staff definitely adds to the welcoming, friendly vibe. The waitstaff are all very friendly and pleasant. And on top of that they’re very knowledgable about the menu, including their brewed on site beer selections.
Even though the atmosphere is great, it’s really the food that keeps us coming back to Seven Bridges. They have somehow managed to find a balance between having a really extensive menu, but keeping it from being too overwhelming. They have a great variety of dishes, ranging from pizza to burgers, tacos, pasta, seafood and more. And it’s all good. Anything you pick will be a safe bet.
On this particular trip, we started with the Carne Asada Mini Street Tacos ($9.99 for four). These were really yummy. The meat was well seasoned and topped with a crunchy cabbage slaw, avocado, and crumbled white cheese. It also had a spicy sauce that had a touch of buffalo flavor to it. I wish the meat had been cut into smaller pieces instead of big chunks. It would’ve been a little easier and less messy to eat. But, otherwise the tacos were a really good way to start off our meal.
For our entrees, we decided to try the Tomato Basil Pizza and the 2:00AM Burger. In all our trips to Seven Bridges, we realized that we had never tried the pizza, so when our server brought over that delicious smelling Tomato Basil Pizza, we could not wait to take a bite. The smell of fresh basil and tomatoes is just one of those combinations that I find pretty much irresistible. And the taste was just as good. Melty cheese, fresh herbs and veggies, hot golden brown pizza crust…how can you go wrong? And for the price ($9.99), this pizza is a great deal. Plenty to share or to take home for lunch the next day. The 2:00AM Burger ($11.99) was also a winner. It immediately caught my eye when I was looking over the menu and I had to try it. It’s basically a juicy burger over bed of hash browns with a perfectly crispy outer crust, topped with melty cheese, crispy bacon, and a perfectly fried egg with a yummy gooey yolk. I ordered mine medium well and it came out perfectly cooked. It was a big burger, so my first thought was that I would eat half and take the rest home (maybe for breakfast the next morning?). Well, I ended up eating the whole thing in one sitting. I couldn’t help it. It was so, so good. Comfort food at it’s best. The fries that came with it were good, thin crispy fries…nothing special, but still tasty. But really, they could have paired this burger with just about any side and I wouldn’t have cared. The burger was really the star of the show.
We also had beer with dinner. The in-house brewery means a good selection of beers, so take your pick. It’s all good. I love that you can see some of the inner-workings of their brewery from almost any spot in the restaurant. If you’re a beer lover, (especially a lover of micro-brew beer) this is the spot for you.
After all that yummy food, we decided to get dessert to go. If you go to Seven Bridge, be sure to save room for dessert. Or take it home like we did. The White Chocolate Bread Pudding ($5.99) is always a favorite of ours. We’ve gotten this many times and it never disappoints. It’s very luscious and rich, so it might be best to share it. Or not. The rum butter sauce that is served over it is the perfect addition to the ooey gooey thick bread pudding. The bread pudding soaks up all that buttery goodness and makes it even more moist and rich. And the tart cherries throughout are the perfect complement to all that sweetness. Even after bringing it home and reheating it later, it was still to die for. Perfect end to a delicious meal.