If you want a tasty, inexpensive meal that doesn’t come from the Golden Arches or other chains, check out the Sand Bar.
The bar/restaurant is clean and neat inside, featuring a dozen-plus tables and a 14-seat bar. There’s also a pool table, dart board, a few other games and, of course, flat-screen TVs.
The joint is famous for its char-grilled steak sandwiches and hamburgers. The sandwiches are delicious, and are served on some of the tastiest buns you’ll ever find. Sides are extra; the french fries are exceptionally good. There’s also a Friday fish fry.
When the weather’s warm, you may have to fight for a seat on the spacious deck outside. If you don’t score, consider ordering your food to go, and noshing across the street at one of the tables along the RiverWalk, or in Rocky Arbor State Park.
Notice the top of the bar contains numerous old firehouse photos and newspaper clips? This place was once home to Firehouse Pizza. The owners put in a new bar and decorated it with firehouse memorabilia. Shortly after, they sold the place. The owners of the new Sand Bar opted to leave it there, as it was so new.
Another fun fact: Take a look at all of the college pennants hanging in the bar area. The first one went up in the 1950s, when one of the college kids working there tacked it up. Soon other employees followed suit, and a tradition was born.
Today, if you’re an alum of any of the colleges or universities represented, you’re welcome to sign the pennant. (I did. Go Nubbies!)