The menu had the typical appetizers for a sports bar, a wide variety or $9-11 sandwiches and burgers, a decent salad list, high-end steaks ($30 range), and $14-24 entrees. We ordered potato skins for our free appetizer – lots of bacon, but the microwave missed heating up the middle of one of them and my hubby bit into cold potato. And the entrees came out before we had finished the skins (don’t you hate inept kitchen timing?).
We did order wine – 2005 Chateau Souverain Alexander Valley Merlot for $25. Very yummy and a decent price. Once we tasted the wine, we had to order steak of some sort. We nixed the high end filets and strips and opted for a sirloin ($21) and skirt steak with chimichurri sauce ($20). My husband said that his sirloin was the best and most tender of that cut that he had ever had. Scorrrrrrre! Unfortunately, the smashed red skinned potatoes were tasteless (even with shredded “parmesan” cheese generously topping the side dish). His sautéed mixed veggies remained neutral in the taste fray. My steak was tender as well, but had already been sliced, thus, it tended to be on the medium than medium rare side. The beef tasted like it had been marinated in the sauce and featured a strong garlic flavor with a hint of vinegar and greens. Very satisfying. My sides were black beans seasoned with chilies and plain white rice.
We had plenty to eat, so no dessert. Which turned out to be good. Right before we left a group of women were seated at a booth near us and they all started puffing away. So, I have no idea if Shula’s 2 even has a non-smoking section.
Bottom-line. They didn’t make a touchdown, but they did kick a field goal. If we go again, it would have to pass the odor test. And we would stick to the steak and wine – although, they do offer a mac-n-cheese entrée that could be intriguing…