What Is It
While walking into the standard lakeside restaurant, visitors tend to expect a mediocre burger and maybe some run of the mill live music in the corner of an overcrowded venue stifling in the summer heat. There is nothing necessarily wrong with such a situation, but for those who may be looking to step up their dining experience a notch, Jolly Rogers Grub ‘n Grog is the place to be.
Describing this casual eatery as above par when compared to others around the lake would be an insult to the owners. The management and staff have created a low-key environment that is appropriate for all ages coming off a long day on the water, while still assuring the cleanliness and food quality of a much finer dining location. The large, open-air venue can seat up to 300 people making it perfect destination for family get-togethers or for treating out-of-town guests. It puts a fun spin on the vibe with pirate-themed décor and menu items. There is even a playground and arcade available for the little buccaneers while the adults relax upstairs under the relaxing, cooling powers of several misting fans.
On the Menu
The appetizer selections include the traditional favorites of chicken wrings, jalapeno poppers or chicken fingers. And for those who are truly enjoying their vacation and taking a break from counting those calories, there is the devastatingly tasty Crow’s Nest. It is seasoned waffle fries with two layers of beef or chicken, provolone, mozzarella and cheddar cheese, all topped with diced tomato sour cream, salsa and jalapeños.
According to the owners, the most popular menu items are the huge, hand-breaded “Steve’s Pork Tenderloin” sandwich and the spicy “Fire in the Hole” sautéed chicken breast sandwich. These each come with special homemade chips, waffle fries or a side salad.
The drinks menu is one area that is definitely not lacking anything. Guests can order their usual from the full bar or try one of the specialty cocktails, frozen or ice cream drinks.
“The Bob” is a house favorite made with tropical rums, melon liqueur and cherry and pineapple juices. The real partiers of the group can get an extra kick with “The Hard Bob”, made with dark rum and Bacardi 151. However, this menu item comes equipped with a warning label of ending up in Davy Jones’ Locker!
In July 2007, the original Jolly Rogers burned to the ground and owners Joe and Christie Jung and Tom Haley had to rebuild the entire thing for the 2008 season. As part of the rebuilding process, they put in a 1965 Owens Wood-Hull Yacht in the center of the restaurant. Now the bar wraps around the nautical focal point and is stacked tall with bottles and pirate gear. It is also home to a 7-year-old African Grey Parrot by the name of Corona, who staff members use to help sing happy birthday to celebrating guests.
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What’s Cool About It
On August 10, Jolly Rogers will host their annual Pirate Party. A $500 reward will be granted to the best pirate costume, as well as a prize for second place. There will also be a competition for the best pirate impersonation among the guests.
A gift shop inside the restaurant sells “JollyWear” for all ages. This includes many different apparel options and all kinds of pirate gear from swords to hats.
Jolly Rogers gives back to the community by supporting the Special Olympics and participating in the Polar Bear Plunge and Strut every year. They have raised over $19,000 for the program and local athletes. Those interested in donating their time or money can contact the owners via the website at www.grubngrog.com