We did the Swampwater Grill
thing tonight. I'd been pretty much looking for any excuse to give it a try.
Small world: As it turns out, according to our server, the owner previously owned the now-defunct Anderson Bar & Grill
and opened this place because he was able to buy the building.
That would explain the cheesesticks being the same awesome recipe that ABG had (wrapped in egg roll wrappers and deep fried).
They were just as good as at ABG, not surprisingly, which is great news because that's one of the things I liked best about ABG.
I ordered the red beans and rice and my wife got the pull pork sandwich. Mine came with a large, tasty salad. Hers came with one side, and she got the cheesy grits.
I give the red beans and rice a B. The texture was good, I liked the two pieces of Andouille that came with it, and the portion was huge. My only objection is I wish it had a little more flavor, but I enjoyed it.
My wife's pulled pork, on the other hand, was fantastic. The meat was very tender and had a strong bacon flavor. I wonder if they finished it off on the grill with bacon grease, which is something I'm definitely trying next time we make pulled pork. I've never tasted pulled pork that tasted bacon-ny, but now I can't stop thinking about how to do it myself.
Her grits were really good, too. I've had them in the south and I think southerners would've liked them.
Like ABG's, they've sort of made it into two restaurants: A quiet, dark section and a bright section with tee vees and a huge bar. We did the darker section.
It looks like many of the servers and bartenders are carryovers, which is fine. Our service was decent, although our server put the salad in front of my wife after ordering it and then when she checked on us a couple of minutes later joked about my wife starting it but I was finishing it.
With the cheesesticks, two entrees, a so-so iced tea and a water, our bill was $35.01. Prices are pretty normal and the portions are large.
I'll definitely be back and I might order what my wife got.
I really hope it works out in that graveyard of a location...
I've also heard from two people in the past few days that the owners of the property ABG was previously on did sell to someone else, so if true another place could pop up there relatively soon.