This is the first Duffy's I ever went to, back before they opened Fort Lauderdale and they were still making their mark. The wings were great, they gave me lots of blue cheese (see previous review here). I've never gotten the same quality at any other location; I don't have a handle on whether the cutback in quality is system wide or per-location. I was on my way to somewhere else in Davie when I remembered that the Yankees had a makeup game this afternoon, so I modified my route slightly for a re-visit to Duffy's Plantation, which is just north of route 595.
They have 40% off your bill from 2pm to 4pm all week, so I decided to have an early dinner. At 2:30, the bar was packed; only 2 seats at the large, horseshoe shaped bar.
Duffys Planation Bar Area
This location is better than Fort Lauderdale if you're just watching 1 game as you can sit 5 feet from a big screen TV rather than dealing with a projection TV high on the wall. The tables have TVs closer also. They have TVs all over the place.
Duffy's Plantation Dining Room
To my horror, but not totally unexpected, was that there was 1 girl handing the bar and also the service bar for the entire restaurant. It's patently ridiculous; in fact I considered leaving as I sat there waiting for her to get to me. She did get to me before I made the move, and she delivered an iced tea with no sweeteners; I did get extra lemon which is required with Duffy's ultra thin lemon slivers. Rather than wait for the bartender to come by, I just swiped a Duffy's Yellow from the table behind me.>
Duffy's Plantation Tea
I ordered the 10oz CAB NY Strip Steak and sub'd out the 2 sides for a Wedge Salad. It took about 10 minutes to come out.
Duffy's "NY" Strip with Wedge Salad
Duffy's sides are pedestrian; the wedge salad is pretty good and it goes with steak. The Salad wasn't as good as the one I had in Fort Lauderdale, but it was still better than their cole slaw or broccoli. The one I got in Fort Lauderdale had more dressing (I had to ask for extra here), and more bacon, and the bacon was crispier. The steak was cooked properly; nothing crazy good about it but a good strip steak.
Duffy's Strip Steak Med Rare
I had to wait a bit for my bill. Now Brandi is probably the best bartender I've encountered in the Duffy's system; she was motoring around and getting it done despite the monumental task, but there is simply no way that one person could provide the proper service for as many people as she had to serve.
The best thing about Duffy's in the afternoon is the check.
Duffy's Plantation Check
A steak dinner for under $15. while watching the game. Not too shabby.>
First things first, this place is located in a very annoying and complicated parking lot that meanders about around a shopping center and several free standing buildings. Its highly annoying to get to.
They get pretty good crowds here regardless of whether there are any notable sporting events at the time. They have TVs everywhere; a big bar on the left and a large, open dining room.
The girls here are a bit more earthy than at Bokampers; and they all seem pretty nice.
The most important thing at a sports bar in terms of food are the chicken wings, and Duffy's wings are top notch. They're really big, so 10 of them are enough as an appetizer for 2 or a meal for 1 person. And they give you plenty of blue cheese.
Duffy's Fort Lauderdale Wings
Most of the food I've had is good here. And you know someone is big when they have their own ketchup. Unfortunately, its not as good as Heinz.
All in all, Duffy's in Plantation is a pretty good place to watch a game. They're pretty good at accomodating you if you want to watch a particular game as well.
*** Note that the food rating is for the wings only ***
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