By noon on Fridays most people have mentally checked out and are counting the minutes until the clock hits five o'clock. We, on the other hand, were called to The Office (Bar & Grill) at 5:15 for a quick business meeting. Wink, Wink!
Gaby: I asked for the evening’s specials. I stopped our waiter quick in his tracks as he was explaining the food specials, I verbally thanked him, and clarified that I was referring to drinks.
Trisha: (laughing) Domestic pints and Stoli were on special and something else called Mexican Lollipop Shots.
Gaby: Mexican Lollipop Shots, why not? It was the beginning of the weekend and I ordered a round along with the house Margarita.
Trisha: I took a Stoli with a club soda and lime. I didn’t know if Gaby had begun to record our dialogue already or not.
Gaby: Yup, I had and it picked up all the Pitbull that was playing during that time.
Trisha: Ten minutes after we had ordered our drinks, our server came back empty handed and asked if I had ordered a Stella and a Mexican Lollipop Shot. I once again said Stoli which oddly enough he responded to by asking if I wanted the club soda and lime on the side. I’ll give him the benefit of the doubt and say that he was being thoughtful in offering me a chaser with my vodka.
Gaby: The Mexican Lollipop was a hot pink, sweet concoction with some Trechas painted on only one side, not a standout drink.
Trisha: Mine wasn’t sweet. I think I got a bad batch.
Gaby: Under the appetizers section they offered Fajita Panchos and Gene’s Spicy Nachos. Both basically consisted of cheese, fajitas, jalapenos, tomatoes and chips.
Trisha: The Panchos have melted Cheddar Cheese and Gene’s Spicy Nachos have creamy American Cheese. I am a fan of that American Cheese.
Gaby: Thanks! I am glad you cleared that up for me. They also had Peeekaboo’s: crispy tortilla chips, melted cheese and jalapenos. Other appetizers included: chips and salsa, chips and guacamole, fried pickles, wings and Po Chips.
Trisha: Po Chips?!?
Gaby: Yes, Trisha, you heard correctly, Po Chips. I thought there would be more starters.
Trisha: There are enough. It’s a full bar and grill. They have starters, entrees, desserts and tacos. Sausage, fajita and brisket tacos.
Gaby: I don’t know. I was just hoping for some Tater-Tots. Somebody just get me a place with a bowl of tots and some beer and I’ll be a happy camper.
Trisha: We ordered Gene’s Spicy Nachos because I dig that creamy American Cheese.
Gaby: Trisha likes her creamy cheese.
Trisha: The creamier the better!
We also wanted to split sausage and brisket tacos. Our logic behind that choice was that we were already having the fajita in the nachos. Our server suggested that we get one taco combined with sausage and fajita (the brisket had run out).
And because we can never have too many appetizers, we ordered the smoke buffalo wings with Jamaican Jerk and hot rub.
Gaby: The nachos looked like more of a salad. There was an immense amount of lettuce, it lacked jalapenos, and they had a minimal amount of fajita. INSIDER’S TIP: Order the house salsa. It has a kick to it and tastes very fresh. It will add another level of flavor to your nachos.
Trisha: I was totally misled by the description of the nachos. But I will say there were significantly more toppings than chips and that’s a good thing.
Despite my expectations our taco had a micro-sized portion of meat. Had I known that, I would of suggested to just order one for each of us. On the bright side the tortilla was just the right amount of crispy.
Gaby: I tried to make my half of the taco look bigger than what it was. I stuffed it with some extra lettuce from the nachos, jalapenos and salsa, but that didn’t suffice my craving for meat. I do agree with Trisha, the flour tortilla they used was delicious since it was slightly toasted.
Trisha: Our wings definitely made up for the lack of meat on our previous plate. They were Jurassic size.
Gaby: It was an actual wing from a full grown chicken! No baby chicks for these girls. The Jamaican Jerk had a layer of crust made from the thyme residue that kept the chicken warm over time and the meat tender.
Trisha: I am a fan of naked wings. With the exception of the Jamaican Jerk rub they are pretty much naked, crispy wings. You can tell that the wings were freshly made. The meat was falling off the bone.
Gaby: I definitely give them a thumbs up on the wings. It is by far the best thing that we tasted.
Trisha: Wings done right!
Gaby: The Office Bar & Grill has beautiful woodwork and vintage lighting throughout, but all of that is smothered with beer merchandise. It actually turns out that The Office used to be a Pizza Hut and a Ray’s BBQ.
Trisha: It is a cool little place to hang out and grab a drink after work, just don’t show up in your formal attire.
Gaby: While I may not frequent The Office, it is definitely a place to keep in mind when you are looking for a casual happy-hour. I would stick with the classic vodka-soda and keep it light. Stick to the specials, sometimes less is more.
Trisha: A shout out to our server who never denied our random requests like changing up the tunes from T-Swift to White Snake, more jalapenos and our crazy notion of mixing our club soda with vodka.
The Office Bar & Grill is located at 1116 Pecan Boulevard, McAllen, TX 78501. Hours of operation are Monday through Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Daily Happy Hour from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Gaby Jones and Trisha Watts work hand-in-hand with the service industry. Jones is in charge of craft and imported beer for L&F Distributors and Watts is the communications director for Visit McAllen. Each week they will have a new adventure and provide an opinion on various locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley.