It used to be a well known sports equipment shop, now it is a delicious restaurant and pub- Shopper’s Pub + Eatery.
I’m newer to the area, so I don’t know what the store used to be like, but I’ve been told they have kept it’s charm and nostalgia. Walking in they have made it easy to reminisce, there are still team pictures on the wall, the silhouette cut outs that once donned the facade of the property are now on the inside, and the original store sign is right above the entry of the restaurant. You walk into a large open space with plenty of seating and a full bar with TVs all over, making it a great destination to watch your favorite teams. In the middle of the ceiling there are even four TVs set up like a scoreboard, so the only question you will have to ask is which one should I look at? There is some seating in the back of the pub that if you don’t want to watch anything while you eat, you don’t have to- it’s a great place to bring your family.
Now down to the nitty gritty- the food. Does a restaurant, formerly an equipment shop, have good food?
The answer, my friends, is a resounding YES. After a few different dining experiences among the Intown staff, we all concur that their performance is consistent, and we want them on our team. There was not one thing the anyone involved didn’t like, and of course we all ordered different dishes. When you go, because you are going to go, start with the fried pickles and cherry peppers because OMG are they good. I know of some people who only eat fried pickles in spears, but these rounds make that a non-issue. The batter stays on them and is light enough that it works well with the flavor of the pickles, and the cherry peppers in the basket are even better. I love fried pickles, but have one of those fried cherry peppers and you will be racing to get them all before everyone else. If fried pickles and peppers aren’t your thing, and you’re one of the people who believe everything should have bacon, try the bacon brussel sprouts. These brussel sprouts come out in a skillet covered with caramelized onions, blue cheese, and bacon with a balsamic glaze. If you don’t have any on your fork and you blink, you’re going to have to order another plate because they’ll be gone.
Moving on… Pizza. One of everyone’s go to foods. What that means is, you should go to Shopper’s and get their pizza. It was thin, with a great sauce that has just the right amount of sweetness, and the perfect amount of cheese. It is definitely a foldable slice. Make sure you have a little fork/knife help picking it up off the stone before you fold, otherwise you may lose it. The recipe for the crust is a great one- it’s the perfect level of cooked when you chow down on the cheesy parts and the crust doesn’t cut the roof of your mouth when you bite into it. OH! There are also dine-in pizza specials on Sunday and Monday nights, which I almost forgot to tell you, or maybe I was trying to keep it a secret. The city may never know.
I love steak, so it was no surprise to anyone that I got the Steak Tip Sub with peppers, onions, mushrooms, and melty cheese. The best way I can describe it is just to say that it was mouth wateringly good, looking at the picture of it made me want to go again, right now. The steak was cooked perfectly and still juicy so the flavor of the cheese and veggies all melded. From there, I’m just going to let the picture do the talking for this dish. The Chicken Bomb was much the same, everything was cooked to perfection. The ingredients that should be crunchy were crunchy, the chicken was done just right and again, all the flavors came together in a perfect bomb. On both sandwiches the bread was just the right level of soft and crusty on the outside, so again when you bit into it you weren’t paying with the roof of your mouth. The last item from the menu I can speak to would be the Steak Caesar Wrap. Steak is not the easiest thing to do for a non-steak house restaurant, but the chef at Shopper’s knows how to do it, and does it well. The caesar dressing wasn’t over powering and there was just the right amount on the wrap so it wasn’t the only thing you tasted when biting into it.
I definitely recommend Shopper’s Pub + Eatery, I think it will be a restaurant we frequent during all sports seasons. There is a small parking lot around the building, the staff is super friendly, and oh yeah- they have a full bar with some great beer on tap and super refreshing mixed drinks. Shopper’s has great hours, Monday – Saturday 11 a.m.- 1 a.m. (kitchen closes at 10 p.m.) and Sunday 12 p.m. – 12 a.m. (kitchen closes at 9), so I can’t come up with a reason you wouldn’t be able to go.
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