Cuddy’s Sports Shack took over the old Johnny O’Brians Pub in Coconut Creek. We made it in recently to give them a try for lunch and found mixed results. The renovation looks fresh, but the menu was a lot more paired down and a bit ‘oversold’ on-line.
The space has been renovated with fresh paint and looks more neat and clean as Cuddy’s Sports Shack. They opened back in May 2014 and tout 18 flat screen TVs to ensure they have your game covered. They also have live music on weekend nights rounding out entertainment options. We found the look a lot nicer than when it was Johnny O’Brians and took a seat at the bar.
We were there right at lunchtime and it wasn’t really that busy, with maybe six or seven customers all at the bar. Our server was quick to greet us and we were a bit disappointed at the draught selections when she gave us the list. They really should expand the selection to include some craft beers if they really want to compete.
We both settled on a Guinness (great pour by the bartender, great job!) and looked over the menu.
On Cuddy’s Sports Shack website, they are very proud and excited to talk about the menu and Chef saying “a sensational menu engineered by longtime executive chef at Houston’s, Brooks Betts, will have you coming back time and again…honest!” Sounds really good and promising right? Well, looking over the menu, it was a bit puzzling. It was very unexciting and almost straight forward bar food. Nothing really screamed out as being even inspired by a ‘former Houston’s Executive Chef’. As a bar menu, they covered the bases and it looked fine, just a bit ‘oversold’.
The kitchen was very slow as most customers were just relaxing with some drinks and some appetizers. Our order was out in maybe 15-20 minutes which wasn’t bad.
10 ‘Dumbo’ Wings, Lemon Pepper flavor ($9) – The name implies that these are supposed to be some large wings and it didn’t disappoint there. These were some of the largest we’ve seen in quite some time. They were freshly fried and we liked the coating, but the lemon pepper seasoning was almost undetectable. I know the kitchen put it on as I could see them working on our order. Maybe if they would have had more of a ‘sauce’ than a dry seasoning it would have been more enjoyable.
Cuddy Burger with American Cheese ($10.50) – 8 oz. Certified Angus Beef, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle & onion (without cheese $10, add cheese for $.50 extra). The cheese covered the whole burger, which was kind of a shame. We like cheese, but when it covers the whole burger, you miss seeing that nice charred patty. They cooked it to a nice medium temperature as ordered and it was a good burger.
While the burger was good, it wasn’t really anything we’d go out of our way for. At $10.50 we felt there are many other places that charge less for a burger that would put this one to shame. Sorry to be harsh, but we think it’s true. We feel like it’s a missed opportunity to make something unique and worthy of the Chef’s credentials they tout on the menu and website. The fries were frozen shoestring with seasoned salt and were ‘ok’. We did see the guy in the kitchen making fresh onion rings and breading them by hand, so maybe there are some bright spots here that we just didn’t see.
Overall, we feel that Cuddy’s Sports Shack is a good local spot to catch the game with your friends and have some drinks. The food was good, but nothing that warrants a special trip to try. There is potential here, maybe with some tweaks to the recipes and menu items, unless they are happy with just being a bar that just happens to serve some food.
Cuddy’s Sports Shack is located at 6588 State Road 7 Coconut Creek, FL 33073.