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Smarter Than the Average Sports Bar

By Nick BeJeaux

Walk Ons Bistreaux & Bar just rolled out a slew of new additions to their menu last week, and from where we’re sitting, these new dishes are not what you’ve grown to expect from the average sports bar.

Brett LeBlanc, General manager of Walk Ons in Town Center, said that like all restaurants, Walk Ons has to change from time to time to keep it interesting.

“We’re always trying to come up with new, fresh flavors to keep it new and fresh for our guests,” he said. “Chefs Mike and Brandon spent months and months of trying new dishes—keeping what we liked and throwing away what we didn’t. These new items have a lot of freshness to them, and we have a lot of healthy items as well, like the Tuscan Chicken.”

Walk Ons has been offering some of these items as specials over that last few weeks to gauge their patrons’ reaction, and Leblanc says many of the changes have been met with enthusiasm.

“They’ve been raving about the Tuscan Chicken, the new brioche bun we’ve started using for our burgers, and the Surf and Turf Burger—which is almost two meals in one,” he said. “Also, our salads have been getting really good reviews, and many people may not think of Walk Ons when it comes to salads.”

WHAT’S NEW AT WALK ONS

Cheeseburger Sliders – $9.99

This trio of cheeseburger sliders proves that small stature doesn’t mean small taste.
This trio of cheeseburger sliders proves that small stature doesn’t mean small taste.

Forget sliders—these little guys can stand up to any full size burger and come out on top. Juicy, cheesy, melty, and with just the right amount of zing from a little ketchup and pickle, you’ll find yourself wishing that more than three came on the plate. Do not order these if you’re eating with a group; a fight, verbal or physical, will surely ensue.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup – $4.99 (cup) or $8.99 (bowl)

Need a little comfort food? The Loaded Baked Potato Soup has it covered.
Need a little comfort food? The Loaded Baked Potato Soup has it covered.

Hearty and flavorful, this is the perfect option for you if you love baked potatoes but want something that goes down a little more smoothly. Topped with melted cheese, crispy bacon and chives this smooth, velvety puree would be a great addition to your table during a chilly football season.

Tomato, Bell Pepper, & Gouda Soup

Most tomato soups are more stock than tomato, but not this one. Thick and rich, this soup is all tomato. The addition of the red pepper and gouda elevate the soup beyond anything you can get out of a can, or even nearby restaurants. The tang of the tomatoes plays well with the sweetness of the pepper and the smokiness of the gouda, making it a great way to start your meal or as the main event alongside a salad.

Pepper Jelly Spinach Salad – $11.99

Speaking of salads, Walk Ons has made this worthy addition to their ensemble of salads. Despite being a mountain of spinach, chicken, cranberries, granny smith apples, bacon, and feta—all tossed in a pepper jelly vinaigrette—this salad is light on the stomach and playful on the palate. The flavor combinations here are interesting but all jive together. Heat seekers, take heed—this salad is not spicy, but the vinaigrette does present a subtle, enjoyable heat that builds with each bite.

The Surf & Turf Burger – $13.99

The formidable Surf & Turf Burger is a mountain of cheese, jalapenos, and shrimp on a juicy beef patty. Photos by Sean Richardson
The formidable Surf & Turf Burger is a mountain of cheese, jalapenos, and shrimp on a juicy beef patty. Photos by Sean Richardson

You are not prepared for this monster. When you see it on the menu, you may think ‘OK, this is a cheeseburger with a few shrimp and jalapenos, no big deal.’ No, this is actually a very BIG deal. You will gasp aloud as you see this mountain of monterey cheese, shrimp and jalapenos atop a blackened beef patty approach, and you will feel sympathy for the brioche bun holding all of that up. You can attempt to eat it with your hands, but you will do so ungracefully. But who cares? The burger is just damn good.

The Napa Burger – $10.99

Compared to the Surf & Turf, the Napa is its polar opposite. Topped with spinach, caramelized onions, feta, and garlic aioli, this burger packs a lot of flavor and holds together as you pick it up to eat it. Walk Ons appears to be playing with more Mediterranean flavors in this new menu, and this dish proves they can pull off that profile in a sports bar burger.

Tuscan Chicken – $13.99

Perhaps the most popular new dish, the Tuscan Chicken serves up blackened chicken smothered in a tomato, basil, and balsamic salsa.
Perhaps the most popular new dish, the Tuscan Chicken serves up blackened chicken smothered in a tomato, basil, and balsamic salsa.

The Tuscan Chicken is a complex, beautiful, and well-balanced dish. It’s spicy blackened chicken atop a bed of rice, topped with a warm tomato, basil, and balsamic salsa next to a sweet corn maque choux, blending spicy and sweet with savory and tangy. It is served with a piece of garlic bread, which you will doubtlessly need to clean the beautiful sauces off the plate.

Salted Caramel Cheesecake – $5.99

Like all good cheesecakes, this dessert is not too sweet and allows the flavor of the cheese and toppings to shine through. DIG’s Photo Editor Sean Richardson described it as “gooey perfection” after helping photograph this salty, sweet, and light closing number to remarkable meal.

Blueberry Coconut Mojito – $8

Mint, lime, rum, and coconut are an unlikely match made in heaven, and kudos to the bartender who figured out this remarkable cocktail. If you like coconut, this mojito offers a smooth, sweet, and refreshing experience. The blueberry’s presence is subtle but sweet and jives well with the nutty smoothness of the coconut. There isn’t much heat to this drink, but it will get the job done after a long day at the office.

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