Two names, take your pick. I have no idea why. I will use Varsity to refer to them here.
This place is about a block away from my favorite hotel in Bellevue, the Hampton Inn. I have had several recommendations for the Varsity over the past year or so. I’ve looked at the menu online before, and it seemed OK. Tonight, I was not terribly hungry, and I wanted to walk to clear my head, so I headed over there on foot.
It was not a good start. I sat at a table and was roundly ignored for about 15 min. I read my Omaha World Herald and waited. Eventually, a very busy server that moved fast and frequently dropped a menu and took my drink order, my usual, iced tea.
The tea sucked. Later, I looked at my bill, and the bill said “Nestea” (which at first I misread as “Nasty”). I personally think that the Nestea corporation should be disallowed by law to say they make tea. That stuff sux. I had the server change it to Coke, and she even said it wasn’t very good.
I ordered a double bacon cheeseburger. It came without bacon. I didn’t complain. The burger had potential. It had some good beef flavor, but the two patties were just a bit scorched on one side.
I got onion rings. They were an extra charge, but the extra charge didn’t show on my bill, so I took that as fair trade for the lack of bacon on my cheeseburger. They were OK. The onion was pretty tough. I had to gnaw through it. The breading was clearly machine-made. A bright spot – the onion ring dip was a combination of mayonnaise and chipotle sauce, and it was pretty good.
Since it’s a sports grill/bar, there are a lot of TVs playing sports. The place has WiFi. It is lit enough to be able to read a paper or work a puzzle. The music started out as rock, but changed to rap. It wasn’t too loud to totally overwhelm.
The service, which started out pretty bad, got better over time. When I got there at 1820, about a third of the tables were occupied. When I left around 1940, it was about 60% full. My check was $12.26.
Would I go back? Maybe, especially if I was just looking for appetizers (except for the onion rings). This place supposedly has killer pizza; I would try it next time.