A few years back, my spouse did a stint working second shift. Oh, what we would have given to have had CopperTop Saloon open then. Nothing against Waffle House — the sole late-night option in far south Arlington back then — but CopperTop Saloon offers options.
The owners of the new sports bar, both of whom spent years managing Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants, learned well the lesson that a clean, polished environment is like comfort food to a suburban clientele. The focal point of this comfortable restaurant is a sleek, copper-topped bar with LED-lighting in colors rotating from red to purple to green to aqua flaring from the underside. Seventeen TVs, in sizes big, bigger and you’re kidding!, keep the sports fans entertained.
Most of the menu is fairly predictable sports-bar fare — appetizers like fried cheese sticks and calamari, two-fisted sandwiches and flatbread pizzas — but the entrees are a little more night-on-the-town (cowboy rib-eye, pan-seared snapper and prime rib on weekends).
We started our meal with the CopperTop platter ($18.99), a bit-of-this, bit-of-that selection from the appetizers list. We ignored the fried cheese but were pleased with the heaping helping of fried calamari spiced with fried jalapeno slices. The platter also included boneless wings and yin yang shrimp, about a dozen medium-sized battered and fried shrimp that were coated with a sweetish sauce in an unusual apricot color. We didn’t care that the marinara sauce that was supposed to have been part of the platter was missing, but we were disappointed that the promised carrot and celery sticks and blue cheese dressing were AWOL.
The bone-in cowboy rib-eye (normally $26.99 but $18.99 on Wednesday “steak night”) was heavily seasoned and had attractive grill marks on it. It was sided with a heaping helping of mashers and slim asparagus that, again, were heavily seasoned to nice advantage.
We asked our server to point us toward the best item on the sandwich menu and she suggested the Philly cheesesteak ($10.99). We’ll need to thank her the next time we go. Though a Philly native might not recognize the city’s namesake dish, we were more than pleased with this sandwich, which begins with shaved prime rib loaded into a soft sub bun. The griddled prime rib is topped with grilled mushrooms, onions and bell peppers, and finally mozzarella.
We weren’t as pleased with the blackened chicken Alfredo flatbread (think thin-crust pizza). The crust was so thin, it was almost crackerlike. Toppings — cubes of chicken, scallions, green and red bell peppers — were piled on generously, but we found the overall effect a bit dry.
Good to know: CopperTop Saloon has nightly specials that offer major savings. At the start of the week, it’s Mommy Monday, with free meals for kids and a first-drink $1 deal for moms. Wednesday steak nights offer special prices on the cowboy rib-eye, Kobe burger, snapper and more. Bottles of wine are also half-price on Wednesdays. Thursday night is ladies night, with lots of drink deals. There are also game-night deals.
There’s live music on weekends and brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings, with mimosas and bloody marys priced at $2.