Hit a Home Run at Ozzie’s Restaurant & Sports Bar

By Sheniqua Faulkner
In Feature, Food

You’ll flip for Downtown’s newest sports-fueled hotspot, perfect for noshing and game watching.

 

Before your first visit, the draw at Ozzies Restaurant & Sports Bar will be obvious. In this town, everyone knows that if you are or were a star athlete, beloved announcer or championship coach, you damned well better be considering lending your nameor jersey numberto a nightclub, restaurant, sports bar or foodstuff. Ozzies Restaurant & Sports Bar, named for the legendary Cardinal shortstop Ozzie Smith, was originally located in Westport, but moved its operation to Washington Avenue in April. Since, throngs of patrons have gotten their fill of both nonstop sports-watching action and tasty bar eats with an elevated, chef-created touch.

The dcor at Ozzies is only slightly reminiscent of your neighborhood sports bar. Instead of dark oak paneling and shelves packed with dusty memorabilia and kitschy relics, Ozziess is decidedly more modern. Take for instance the ceiling-to-floor curtain of baseballs behind the hostess stand, the shiny center bar or the series of four life-sized wall decals that depict The Wizard flying through the air, completing his infamous back flip. Also throughout the restaurant, owner Roberto Gallardo smartly installed 42 flat screens and six big screens, and for your up-close viewing pleasure, several booths even have their own TVs. Per your usual sports bar stop, signed jerseys, photos and collectable ephemera from around the sports world are displayed throughout, but instead of appearing as if a sporting goods store has exploded its contents onto the walls, the presentation is delightfully restrained.

The food at Ozzies has the familiar favorites youd expectand demandat a sports bar, such as wings, nachos, chicken tenders and toasted ravioli, but fresh salads and pizzas with dough made in-house also make an appearance on the menu. For those who come to eat a square meal will not be disappointed with the selection, either. Chef Sean Landrum whips up specialties such as grilled walleye, French pork chops and ribs so good, the menu calls them “kick ass.” The offerings are rounded out with a variety of sandwiches, wraps, soups and even breakfast items (Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 2pm).

All in all, whether youre there to take in a televised game, enjoy happy hour specials or grab dinner downtown in a casual atmosphere, Ozzies Restaurant & Sports Bar is the prime place to “Go crazy, folks!” (1511 Washington Ave., Downtown, 314.241.0100).

 

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Photo credit: Photos by Jonathan Pollack

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