Our campus is home to two restaurants: Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill and McKinley’s Grille. We’ve spent our fair share of time dining at both of these establishments and have tried enough of their menus to know which ones are our favorites.
Sure everyone’s tastes are different, but we HIGHLY recommend giving these dishes a try the next time you dine here:
Our favorite food picks from McKinley’s Grille include:
1. Asiago Cheese Bread
Gooey cheese, a freshly baked baguette, total indulgence. If you’re planning to treating yourself, this is the perfect appetizer to start with.
We recommend splitting with a friend, but to each their own! This food item was actually taken off the menu for awhile but was brought back due to popular demand.
2. Roasted Turkey Club Sandwich
Simple, yet totally satisfying, you can never go wrong with a club sandwich! We love the crunch from the toasted sourdough bread as flavors of bacon, avocado, tomato, aioli and crisp lettuce flood our mouths. We recommend pairing this sandwich with the sweet potato fries or kettle chips!
3. “The Farm” Green Salad
Warning: This isn’t your average garden salad. We had this for lunch a couple times during the Fair when we wanted a healthier option. This salad is light, fresh and full of vegetables freshly selected from the Farm at Fairplex.
Add grilled chicken or salmon and you have yourself a fulfilling, healthy meal! We have yet to be hungry after we’ve finished this meal.
3. Szechuan Tofu Stir Fry
Generally speaking, McKinley’s Grille doesn’t serve a lot of Asian fare, but this vegetarian dinner of Farm veggies, chowfoon noodles, crispy tofu and best of all, a spicy Hoison glaze is perfectly made and a go-to for our dinner.
5. Any Dr. Bob’s Dessert
Last, but never least is Dr. Bob’s Handcrafted Ice Cream. Whether its a single scoop or an entire sundae, if it’s Dr. Bob’s, we will never say no! McKinley’s Grille always has this tasty treat available for dessert — just ask for the flavor of the day.
Finish Line Sports Bar & Grill
1. Smoked Brisket Nachos
There are nachos, and then there are FLSG nachos. This giant appetizer is a colorful mix of tortilla chips, jack and cheddar cheeses, black beans, sweet corn, pickled red onion, pico de gallo, sour cream and cilantro. It’s a great appetizer to share with the whole table, or if you’re hungry, enjoy as a meal. Let the feasting begin…
2. Beer Cheese Tater Tots
Cheese + bacon + tater tots = HEAVEN. Need we say more?
We like to split this hefty appetizer between 3-4 people. The beer cheese tater tots are full of savory, gooey, crunchy goodness and we have yet to be satisfied with just one bite.
*TIP: Pair this appetizer with one of the craft beers they have on tap — you’ll need a refreshing drink to keep you from falling into a food coma after this one!
3. Herb Seasoned Turkey Burger
While we’ll never say no to a good old-fashioned cheeseburger, this is (seriously) one of the best turkey burgers we have ever tasted. While some turkey patties seem dry and bland, the Finish Like version is full of rich juicy flavors, paired deliciously with bacon, smoked gouda cheese, herb mayo, red onion and pickle chips. Yes. Please.
4. Cowboy Burger
When we want to eat with total abandon, we always go for the Cowboy Burger. 1/2 lb beef patty, bacon (always bacon), aged cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, red onion and to top it all off, beer battered onion rings. One word: delicious.
5. Signature Brownie Sundae
As full we are by the end of our meal, it just wouldn’t be right to forgo dessert. Rounding out out indulgent food favorites is the Finish Line Signature Brownie Sundae. These freshly baked brownies are covered in vanilla bean ice cream, house made chocolate sauce, caramel, whipped cream, chopped peanuts and, of course, a cherry on top. We recommend splitting between 3-4 people.
Are you hungry yet? We are. Looks like we might have to visit both of these places for lunch this week!
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