A place to watch sports, eat well, have fun

Ellicott City's Golden Sports Bar & Grill also has live music

Restaurant profile

January 11, 2001|By Jody Vilschick | Jody Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Almost four years ago, Tony Kim realized that Ellicott City lacked a sports bar and restaurant, and he set out to fill that gap. With 15 televisions - one with a 62-inch screen - and a satellite system that can broadcast every game in the country, the Golden Sports Bar & Grill offers patrons their choice of football and other sports events.

In fact, with pool, darts and weekly live music, there is something for everyone.

"We like to think of ourselves as Ellicott City's Ravens home bar," he says. "If the Ravens make the Super Bowl, then we'll offer a free buffet to show our appreciation for Ravens fans."

And if the Ravens don't make the Super Bowl? "Then we'll go to Plan B," Kim says with a laugh. Plan B includes some half-price children's meal specials as well as several other entrM-ie and drink specials.

When football or other games are not being telecast, the restaurant offers weekly eight-ball and nine-ball tournaments, played on the eight regulation pool tables - in which anyone can "pay and play." However, "in February we're planning a big tournament for the top players on Thursday nights," Kim says.

If you're not the greatest pool player but like throwing sharp objects instead, Golden offers dart tournaments.

Patrons can start with menu selections that include the Couch Potato, a messy but appetizing concoction of French fries smothered in chili, onions, jalapenos and melted jalapeno cheese. Or try the Seafood Skins - potato skins stuffed with seafood and topped with a sauce. And, of course, there are appetizers that sports fans have come to expect at a sports restaurant: chicken tenders, wings and nacho chips.

In addition to the more typical burger and Philly cheese steak, there are a variety of "wraps," including Buffalo Chicken Wrap (deep fried chicken strips tossed in a spicy Buffalo wing sauce with diced tomatoes, lettuce and onions topped with blue cheese dressing, then wrapped in a soft, sun-dried tomato tortilla), a Cajun Seafood Wrap (shrimp, scallops and crab tossed with Cajun spices, lettuce, tomato and smothered in ranch dressing, then wrapped in a soft tortilla shell) or a Hot Vegetable Wrap (sautM-ied vegetables topped with a garlic cream dressing in a cheddar cheese wrap).

Other entrees include fresh dough pizza, chicken pot pie, Colorado Chili (chunks of filet mignon, potatoes and onions in an Ancho sauce topped with sour cream), Pacific Rim (pork tenderloin pan-fried with peppers, snow peas and Sesame Ancho sauce) and Poor Man's Surf & Turf (a petite filet mignon and a crab cake).

On Friday and Saturday evenings, bands play at the bar.

"We started this place so people could come cheer their team, and have a good time with good food," Kim said.

Golden Sports Bar & Grill

Where: 8801 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City; 410-480-2994.

Prices: Appetizers: $4.95 to $9.95; entrees: $5.75 to $15.95.

Hours: 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 2 a.m. Sunday.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

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