Duffy’s Sports Grill arrives in Lake Mary
Posted January 25, 2015 | No Comments.
As a fan of certain South Florida sports teams, I have heard a great deal about Duffy’s. Somehow, I ended up never going to a South Florida location, but my friends were always telling me to go to Duffy’s. So, as you can imagine, I jumped at the chance to do a menu tasting for the newest Duffy’s location in Lake Mary.
What is Duffy’s you ask? Well..Duffy’s is a sports grill, that is based in Lake Worth, Florida and operates 26 full-service, casual-dining restaurants, all of which are located in Florida. Established in 1985, the Duffy’s brand has become a regional market leader known for top quality casual dining with an emphasis on freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items. Duffy’s boasts a distinctly upscale sports environment complete with satellite programming, more than 75 TVs per location, and framed authentic sports memorabilia throughout each restaurant.
With a reasonably priced menu of tasty food, and all day 2 for 1 drink specials, I started to see what all the fuss was about. Duffy’s menu features freshly prepared ingredients and grilled items that has everything from Chinese chopped salads to Churrasco steak. Guests will enjoy signature favorites such as Duffy’s BBQ baby back ribs, half pound certified Angus beef burgers, grilled-to-order steaks, and a variety of salads and pastas.
A Pineapple Mojito and a Caribbean Breeze cooler were the perfect way to get the evening started.
The appetizer list at Duffy’s is pretty impressive, but there is something for everyone.
The Guacamole was pretty tasty and had a bit of spice.
Wings come in a variety of flavors, like Asian sesame, sweet Buffalo, spicy orange ginger and firecracker to name a few.
The Korean Beef Mini Tacos at Duffy’s are legendary. Decently seasoned beef gets topped with a cilantro and onion relish and a spicy chili garlic sauce.
The large order of Sesame-Crusted Ahi Tuna is seasoned and coated with sesame seeds and seared in sesame oil, served with cucumber salad and Soba noodles with Asian dressing.
A newer item, the Roasted Artichoke & Goat Cheese Flatbread with balsamic, onions and roasted red peppers was pretty extraordinary, especially for a sports grill.
Don’t worry, the Coconut Crusted Dolphin Fingers are really Mahi Mahi dolphin fish. These are deliciously hand-breaded in sweetened coconut and Panko bread crumbs and fried golden.
I’m a sucker for a good burger, so the Hangover Burger was my entree choice. With a sunny side up egg, pepper-crusted bacon, two slices of American cheese and a half pound burger, you will not be disappointed.
The Churrasco Steak is a certified Angus skirt steak with chimichurri, black beans, rice and plantains. Duffy’s did an exceptional job bringing a Miami favorite to an upscale bar menu, as this was a very good version of Churrasco.
A Crunchy Fried Cheesecake is a great ending to any night, especially when it is served with two scoops of vanilla ice cream, Ghirardelli caramel sauce,whipped cream and a cherry.
Duffy’s arrival in Lake Mary is actually the second Central Florida location. The first one opened up last year at 4158 Conroy road, at the mall at Millenia. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and offers a great combination of high quality food, affordable prices and great hospitality with great drink specials. Duffy’s is big on providing a community atmosphere and really does a great job of it by offering something for everyone.
Locals will want to join Duffy’s free MVP loyalty program to earn generous rewards and exclusive benefits. MVP Members begin earning points and rewards on their first visit and can take advantage of discounts such as the Afternoon Break, which gives between 20 and 50 percent off of food purchased on weekdays between 2 and 4 pm. MVP’s earn one point for each $1 spent and when they accumulate 100 points, a $10 credit for food and beverages is automatically loaded on their MVP card. They can even earn points faster on Tuesday when members earn Double Points. Everyone who joins can look forward to free offers and gifts sent via email.
Duffy’s has re-imagined and elevated the sports grill dining experience. All of the food we sampled was delicious and the drinks were made properly. As far as sports grills go, Duffy’s is pretty hard to top.