A visit to the Bennigan's Grill & tavern off Hwy 114 and Walnut Hill in Las Colinas is much like jumping in the phone booth from Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (not really cool enough for Back to the Future) and traveling through time. It seemed like forever since I had been to a Bennigan's. Nearly everyone closed after their parent company collapsed.
When we walked insde, the music playing was like an '80s satellite channel as it bounced from The Cars to Journey and Duran Duran. I guess we got lucky that Air Supply was not in the rotation? They even had three old school TVs above the bar and the same exact menu we all used to know and love (well, at least I knew itwell). My buddy CJ and I bypassed the traditional Monte Cristo and went with the Monday special of "All You Can Eat Chicken Fingers" for $9.
The food was your typical Bennigan's -- not great, not horrible -- but the crazy part is that we were the only people in the entire restaurant. And it was smack in the middle of their happy hour at 7 pm. The restaurant is in the shadow of a ton of hotels, most notably a Hyatt Place, so the bulk of their clientele probably comes from there. A few days before Christmas, there were not a ton of business travelers in Las Colinas.
If you are in the area, though, and are feeling nostalgic for a little good ol' days syndrome, there is still at least one Bennigan's within shouting distance.
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BENNIGAN'S GRILL & TAVERN 660 WALNUT RIDGE DRIVE IRVING TX 75038 (972) 753-7800