Restaurant Review: Rockwell’s Bar and Grill (Smithtown N.Y.)


From the outside looking in is where most of our preconceptions are forged and formulated. It is not until we decide to venture into the unknown, that we actually begin to to see the reality of a situation. Nothing rings more true of this premise then Friday, October 25th of 2013. We went out to celebrate my niece’s 18th birthday at Rockwell’s Bar and Grill (Smithtown N.Y.) and as we approached the entrance, the first thing that came to mind was that it was probably more bar and less grilling going on inside their establishment. The walls are decorated with huge television screens broadcasting a plethora of sporting events. Accompanying the huge television screens are several smaller television monitors that are relaying the winning results for the New York State Lottery Quick Pick game. Yes, we were officially inside of a sports bar. We headed in to confirm our reservations with the host, only to find out that they did not have us (party of 12) in the books for our 7:30 reservation. And to make matters worse, their establishment had limited seating to accommodate us. So one would conclude that unavoidable disaster was on the clear horizon right? Not so fast, the night was still young and the best was yet to come. The manager came out to assess the issue and immediately went into solution mode. He assured us that it would be a short wait and he delivered on his word as promised. We were seated within ten minutes and the wait staff was extremely friendly and attentive. Their menu is pretty extensive and was fairly priced. I ordered the Home on The Range entree, which was a seared chicken breast, with mashed potatoes and string beans dressed with a pan au jus. To say that this dish was anything less than delicious is doing it a disservice. Other members of our party tried several different dishes such as BBQ Ribs, Buffalo Chicken Salad, Skirt Steak and Shrimp Tempura, all to which they swear as being one of the best things they have had the pleasure of eating. Now the wait time in the receiving of your meal if you a part of a big party was a bit slow, however, the meal in itself will make you realize that the wait is well worth it. Rockwell’s is not your typical bar food pub as it exhibits restaurant quality entrees that will satisfy the romancing hunger of your appetite. So if sports and great food appeal to your dining needs, head over to 60 Terry Road in Smithtown N.Y. Disappointment is not available on their menu. #Bon Appetite

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