Have you been looking for a place “where everybody knows your name, and they’re always glad you came”?
Then look no further than Hurricane Maggie’s, so christened in honor of co-owner Sheila Younger’s mother.
“My mother is the strongest person I know, and we figured if it was anywhere near as strong as her, we’d do well,” she said.
My husband and I happened in on a dark and stormy night and were immediately heartened by the dark woods and warmth of the establishment – a vibe that they describe as “an old English pub style feel,” and, having raised a glass at The Eagle and Child in Oxford, I would not argue.
When two of the coolest folks I know, Aleph Wine purveyor Stacy Kachulis and Aspen Grille Chef Bryan Bodle sauntered in, my inklings that this was some place special were confirmed.
This before I learned that they have an upstairs lounge, a pool table and a rooftop deck!
“All this and Heaven too,” and I have yet to describe the exceptional customer service, small craft beer selection or the grilled wings.
The barkeep, Jason Cooper, was most affable and very accommodating, happy to tell you as much or as little as you wanted about their drink specials and menu. I chose the house specialty, Hurricane Maggie, which was tasty, but made me glad that I was not driving, and hubby had a craft brew from an extensive selection.
On the recommendation of fellow diners, we ordered a sampling of grilled wings – Mild, Hot, Category 5, Teriyaki, Blackened, Garlic-Parm, Hoti-yaki, Crabbie or Bar-B-Que are on offer. The flavors were great, and I appreciated the fact that they were grilled rather than deep fried.
Since we were eating for five, I had promised take-out for three of Santa’s elves that could not afford to take a break on Dec. 23, we tried about half the menu.
The chicken tenders were delish and elf Cathy Collins is most particular about this particular dish.
The onion rings were delicious, and the chips were exceptional, especially when paired with blue cheese.
The cheese sticks were OK, the fries were good and the buns for the sliders were divine. I preferred the burger to the cheese steak for texture and flavor.
There were no desserts on the menu, but I bet they have a few imbibable offerings that would fit the bill.
So when you find yourself on the hunt for some hospitality, head to Hurricane Maggie’s and, as they boast, “get blown away.”