I have often wondered why Bluebonnet Cirlce felt so antiquated. It has a location in close proximity to the TCU campus and the possibility to be really cool with its own central park. However when you drive around the circle, it just has that outdated vibe to it.
I had high hopes when word came down that the new Rock Bottom Bar & Grill had opened its doors. It's located in the spot previously occupied by the seafood restaurant Ocean Rock and I'll freely admit that upon entering, I really could not see much of a difference. My buddy Scott, a frequent Ocean Rock customer, said it was "exactly the same." Not that it's a bad thing. As the sign above the door reads, it seems like a cool, casual place to "Drink, Dine and Unwind."
We arrived after the dinner crowd had departed, just as the bar and patio areas were picking up. With the place being open just over two weeks, I had wondered if our server would struggle with menu knowledge. On the contrary, he had no problem pointing out all of his favorite dishes -- and practically willed Scott into ordering the BBQ/Bacon burger with his own version of a 'Men's Wearhouse'-type of guarantee on this particular item.
One disappointment, though: I couldn't get chicken tenders unless I ordered off the kids' menu and got the $3 upcharge for the smaller portion.
Glancing around the place, I noticed four large flatscreens and one tiny TV just to the left of the bar. We were able to catch the end of the Rangers' only loss to the Red Sox from our spot in the direct center of the restaurant. I can see this place being a hit with the TCU crowd on casual nights and football gamedays. Happy Hour features $2.50 Double Wells, $2 Purple Beer, $4 Polliwogs, $4 House Wines & $3.99 Chips & Salsa and runs Mon-Fri from 2-7 and all day on Thursday. They also provide updates on specials on their Facebook page.
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ROCK BOTTOM BAR AND GRILL (817) 923-ROCK (7625)