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Bar Review: Maverick’s has delicious food, okay service

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April 7, 2016

This week I decided to check out a bar that doesn’t get much attention from UWRF students. I’m not really sure why Maverick’s isn’t more popular because I sure liked it. The service and drinks were good, and the fries were delicious.

I went there around 10 p.m. with my friend on Saturday. I chose Mav’s because it is kind of an underdog in the bar scene. I don’t hear many people talk about it, so I wanted to check it out for myself. When we walked in, there were quite a few people there, but they were all middle aged. There was a birthday party with live music going on one side of the bar, and the people on the other side seemed to just be hanging out. That’s where we settled in.

I ordered a Rolling Rock beer and my friend ordered a gin and tonic. I will say, her drink came in a pretty small cup and that was kind of disappointing, but she said it tasted good. The liquor was displayed on a lazy Susan type thing, except with multiple levels. It was pretty cool, the liquor is all held in place and it turns around on its own. Definitely a unique feature and something I’ve never seen before.

I noticed people around us eating wings and fries, and I was curious what they had for food so I asked for a menu. Turns out, they only serve wings and fries. We had already eaten dinner, so we decided to just go for the fries. She cut them right in front of us! They were fresh hand cut fries. They even have their own sauce called Mav’s sauce that we tried. It seems to be a combination of buffalo sauce and something else. It was spicy. I preferred the fries with just ketchup, but the Mav’s sauce was tasty regardless.

Bars always have posters advertising new drinks and shots that they have in stock. I saw a poster for Best Damn Cherry Cola. I love cherry soda so I decided to give it a try. I’ve tried hard root beers and I’m not too big of a fan. But it was wonderful! I would definitely drink it again, but not in large quantities. Those malt beverages are only good in moderation.

There were three bartenders on staff, which I assume is because it was a Saturday and because there was a party going on. We received good service the whole time we were there. However, right before we left, one of the male bartenders had a dip in his lip. Normally, I’m all for the free use of tobacco but you should not be using it while you are working in that type of setting, especially when you are serving people food or drinks.

Overall, I would give Maverick’s a 4 out of 5. The drinks were good, the service was okay despite the small issue, and the food was delicious. I will definitely be back to try the wings sometime soon, as long as I’m not being served by someone with tobacco in their lip.

Tori Schneider is an alumna of UW-River Falls.