Right. Back to the point of this blog: Food. On Sunday night, M, L, and I were all set for our weekly True Blood fix. We were all going to grab dinner on our own and then head to M's to watch this week's episode. After spending an inordinate amount of time at the hospital welcoming some friends's new baby (congrats R &A!), L & I decided that we were going to grab dinner together before heading to M's (M wasn't hungry, otherwise I'm sure she would have joined us). After the usual, "what in the world do we want to eat and what's close to M's house" conversation, we settled on the perfect hole-in the-wall for burgers and beer: Rockaway's.
Now, if you're local to Columbia, chances are you've been to Rockaway's (formally titled "Rockaway Athletic Club," but no one calls it that). If you're not local, you should probably make your first trip there with a local so that you know where you're going - Rockaway's doesn't have any kind of outdoor signage. If you think about it, that's kind of badass. They're so well known, they don't need to announce themselves. I dig it.
On Sunday, we had some time to kill, so Rockaway's was the perfect place for L & I. Heads up: the service at Rockaway's is definitely not the quickest, so I would suggest that you go when you have time to spare. At any rate, it was super crowded on Sunday night, but we managed to find a table in the bar area. When our waitress came over, we ordered a pitcher of Sweetwater 420 (slightly over $10 for a pitcher, so a pretty good deal from where we were sitting). Our server gave us time to look at the menu, but in all honesty, we didn't need it. I hear that Rockaway's serves things other than burgers, but the burgers are so good that the rest of the menu just seems a little superflous.
L decided on the pimento cheeseburger. This is probably the item that Rockaway's is most known for. Not only are the burgers cooked to perfection, but they're also a pretty good size. But when you order a burger, that's what you get. If you want a side, you have to order it separately (and in truth, you probably don't need a side, but if you're like me, you like some variety). With her pimento cheeseburger, L got a side of zucchini fries. While I didn't try her burger, I can definitely attest to the deliciousness of the zucchini fries. They were awesome. And vegetables are still vegetables, even when they're fried, right? Right.
|I probably could have just eaten a basket of zucchini fries, but I will never turn down a good burger.|
|Seriously. Just look at the size of this burger.|