BAY ST. LOUIS -- At Sideways sports bar in the Depot District, people come for the atmosphere, stay for the beer selection and cocktails and leave with a full belly.
The menu of "bar food" is written on the chalkboard wall, but it is rather extensive -- and almost all of it is homemade.
Owner Brandi Favre, who works at her bar on Sundays and Mondays, eats the food on a regular basis.
"The food is really good," she said. "I've gained 15 pounds since we've opened.
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"We wanted something simple but different."
Favre, who finally told the chef to make her only salads, said she couldn't even last a day on her makeshift diet. As soon as something would come out of the window, the smell would get to her.
When I stopped by for lunch, Favre was my server. While she worked, she mingled with customers and made sure to talk to every single person in of the bar.
The menu includes, Wide Right Wings hot wings ($7 per half-dozen); Shutout Southwest Egg Rolls ($8); sandwiches ranging from $7 for the Hail Mary Ham Club to $10 for the Point After Philly Cheesesteak; Field Goal (French) Fries ($3); and hand-battered Overtime Onion Rings ($5).
The most popular item on the menu, Favre said, is the Halftime Stuffed Cheeseburgers ($9 with a side).
"It's a 10-ounce, hand-rolled patty stuffed with mozzarella cheese," she said.
The burger comes dressed, but I opted to eat it plain to enjoy the perfect flavor of the juicy patty. The cheese was melted in the middle, and the burger was certainly filling.
For an appetizer, I chose the pork nachos. They're topped with house-smoked pork that cooks for 24 hours before it's engulfed in Sideways' homemade sauce. The chips are topped with nacho cheese and green onions, and served with salsa and sour cream.
The sweet barbecue sauce and meltingly well-smoked pork mixed well with the tangy cheese. The chips were just right. You'll need a napkin or two if order this as an appetizer or entree.
Other popular items are the Quarterback Quesadilla filled with your choice of grilled chicken ($8), grilled steak ($9) or sauteed shrimp ($10).
Favre said the kitchen stays open late Friday and Saturday nights.