Monday, July 11, 2011

The Moat Sports Grille




4250 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765
(In the University Palms Shopping Center)
(407)-542-4983

What is "THE MOAT" you ask??...well glad you asked...

The Moat is kind of like the official UCF sports bar and grille. As a sports bar and grille here is what you can find inside:
  • Over 40 High Definition Plasma and projection TV’s
  • 2 bars
  • Full liquor bar with 16 varieties of beer on tap and more varieties available in bottles
  • Large outside deck (mostly covered). 
  • Friendly staff
  • FREE WiFi
  • And of course all of the UCF memorabilia and some decent food to grub on as well.
                                   

The wife and I have been to the moat a few different times and we recently went with a group of friends to introduce them to the moat as well. Having ate there on 3 occasions and sampling the menu extensively..I thought I would share my thoughts on this establishment.


When you walk in you are instantly greeted in a foyer with a fine collection of UCF memorabilia. From trophy's and plaques..to signed pictures from the players and coaches of present and past UCF sports teams.

Even if you are not a UCF fan, you can admire the memorabilia and the overall design theme of the restaurant. Its done in a very taste full and well laid out manor.

The Moat is not only all about UCF...but all about sports in general. Its a great place to go watch NFL Monday night or Sunday night Football and you can catch just about any other college team game there as well...(This is barring when UCF is live and playing...All screens are UCF)


The Moat is a true Sports Bar...with 2 main bars and a patio outback. They have over 16 brews on tap always,  plus an extensive collection of bottled beer and wine..and I'm sure the bartender can make you any concoction you may delight in. A hit with all  the college kids is what is known as the tower..its 80 giant ounces served in a large tower with a drought spicket on the bottom!!

During the school year and especially during UCF Football and Basketball seasons the place is usually packed and can have a lively atmosphere most nights. During the off seasons and summer time the restaurant is tame and quiet. We recently went on a Saturday around 7:00 pm and it was pretty quiet inside.


After we get past the decor and libations...we must discuss the food....
The menu at The Moat consists mostly of sandwiches, burgers, salads, appetizers and a few offerings for a main dish type of meal. So far from my experience the food is really hit and miss...there is a lot to enjoy on the menu...but there are some things I would caution you about.


I will break down what Ive had so far...and define them as HIT or MISS


Chips and Queso---MISS---The chips are like unflavored yellow Doritos, and the queso had a weird almost unflavored taste to it...don't know what else to say except..Avoid!! 


Flat breads---HIT---The flat breads come in 4 variety's.......

Steak:  Angus beef with blue cheese, red onion and drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette

Southwest chicken: Grilled chicken, Monterrey jack, red onion and drizzled with chipotle sauce.

Roasted Vegetable:  Red peppers, onions, mushrooms and mozzarella cheese

BBQ Pork: Homemade pulled pork with red onion, cheddar cheese and drizzled with BBQ sauce


All of the flat bread offerings are done very well and the bread is baked to a perfect crispness yet soft where it needs to be. The pulled pork is my favorite...and that's because of the pulled pork they make in house and its good on everything.


Wings---MISS  The wings come in a variety of sauces.. like Mild, Medium, Hot, Dragons Breath, Parmesan Garlic, BBQ, Teriyaki or The Moats very own Black & Gold wing sauce. We had the hot wings with some garlic added to them. The wings themselves are a tad small for a restaurant and just did not come off very well. Its not that the wings were awful...I just expected a sports bar to have really superb wings. Instead they have sub par wings. I think the Management at The Moat should work on this a little more.



Pulled Pork Nachos---HIT--HIT--HIT!!!  
Fresh tortilla chips layered with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, jalapeno peppers, cheddar, and Monterrey Jack cheeses then smothered with our homemade pulled pork and drizzled with BBQ sauce.

You must order this---its fantastic. Again the winner here is The Moats very own home made slow cooked pulled pork---There is so much flavor in every bite and its all delicious. There is more than enough here to share with others as it comes a jumbo plate-- and you cant beat a price tag of $8.99. This is my personal favorite dish here--its technically an appetizer but I would eat this for dinner...and why not its got all the food groups a well rounded meal should have---Veggies, Cheese, Pulled Pork,,,and Pulled Pork..and..OK-Its good!



Reuben Won Tons---HIT  A Reuben won ton is twist on a traditional won ton. It is a won ton stuffed with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, and fried golden brown. Served with 1000 Island for dipping. If you like Reuben's...and for that matter won tons---this is a mach made in food heaven. Delicious corned beef and sauerkraut fried to perfection.



The Reuben---HIT   The Reuben is not far from the tree as the Reuben won ton--same quality ingredients just slapped between 3 delicious pieces of a marble swirl rye bread----Simple and good!



Beef Tenderloin Sandwich---MISS    The menu claims that this is their most tender cut of beef marinated in olive oil and garlic, seared and served on a Ciabatta roll. While the beef was in fact tender...it lacked any real flavor. Whats worse is that the sandwich came on a good Ciabatta roll with a slice of a tomato and a piece of lettuce---and thats it! A bland slab of beef with no mayo or cheese or nothing...I felt kind of cheated with this selection and only ate half of my sandwich. The only thing good here was the french fries. All sandwiches and sliders come with seasoned fries.



Pulled Pork Sliders---HIT  Well as you can guess,  a theme is occurring here......anything with the pulled pork is really good. Just be aware though!!---These are not traditional sliders. You get 3 large rolls stuffed with pork--it measures altogether as long as a foot long sub. So be ready to eat or share!!


At this point if they served pulled pork on saltine crackers I would give it an excellent review!!


Cajun Chicken Club---MISS    This is a traditional Cajun grilled chicken breast, topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato and bistro sauce. However..once again the sandwich lacked any real flavor and there was barely any Cajun seasoning on it all.


At the end of the day the Moat is a fun place to go with friends or family and have a good time....even if you are not a UCF fan or student or Alumni. The food is for the most part good. and the service was very attentive on all occasions.


The menu is very reasonably priced as well.  If they would revamp the wings a little and add some much needed flavor and seasoning to some of their dishes this place would be a top notch eatery..not just a really good sports bar and grill.


 Maybe when you visit The Moat you will have to experiment a little on your own with the menu, after all that's fun of trying something new. 


As you can imagine if I can recommend anything to you I will recommend anything with the pulled pork on it!!



 I would definitely recommend you and your friends hanging out at "THE MOAT"

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