Friday nights are meant for mingling, distressing, and not giving a flying (blank) about anything! We made our way down to one of the area's most notable, recognizable and notorious places we could go to. That’s right, we moseyed on down to Roosevelt's @ 7 in McAllen’s Arts District.

It was the perfect, laid back setting. Exactly where we wanted to be on that night of intended relaxation with nothing but brews, tunes, and grub on the mind. What can we say, we’re dedicated to our exploration of local eats and drinks.

Now in its ninth year in business, this one-of-a-kind pub house can be credited as one of the original players that started the region’s import and craft beer movement. Roosevelt’s @ 7 began as a gateway to literally quench one of the owner’s thirst for non-traditional beers.

SIDE NOTE: Craft beer not your thing? Well, no need to shy away from this place. Among their vast selection, you can fine some crowd favorites, transitional beers and, of course, vino.

If you’re not really into beer, but are a self-proclaimed Foodie, you must try one of their many political, Hollywood and Prohibition-themed dishes like the Drunken Clinton Salmon Wrap, the Lady Bird Cobb Salad, and the pizzas! Try the Meyer Lansky Pepperoni (roasted garlic marinara, serrano peppers, red onion and spanish chorizo topped with mozzarella) or Machine Gun Kelly’s Shrimp Pizza (mushroom pesto, cherry tomatoes and blackened grilled shrimp topped with feta and parmigiano cheese).

 

Trisha: I see you’ve wasted no time with the Marilyn Monroe Spinach Dip. Can’t say I oppose. There’s rarely a time when a chicago-style spinach dip, topped with reggiano cheese, is not a good idea. Thanks for making the executive decision on the starter. Kudos!

Gaby: You’re still going to order the spicy queso and Carey Grant's Chips & Salsa (homemade salsa made with fire roasted tomatoes and seasonal peppers served with crisp tortilla chips), aren’t you?

Trisha: *wink*

 

If you’re not into all that cheese business, try Sophia Loren’s Calamari (one of Gaby’s all-time favorites!). This non-breaded dish makes it a light and obscure addition to any evening. Sitting in a spicy broth and a grilled lemon on top.

 

Gaby: The Sofia Loren, although it may look unappetizing to some, is a guaranteed home run every time. Especially when you dunk your 4 pieces of accompanying bread into the soup and take an enormous bite!

 

While Roosevelt’s @ 7 is a curious name for an establishment, history and beer geeks may find humor in it. Its name pays homage to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s announcement of the repeal of the 18th Amendment at 7:00 p.m. The 18th Amendment effectively established the PROHIBITION of alcoholic beverages in the United States.

 

Gaby: Ay no! I wouldn’t have survived!

Trisha: Neither you nor I! Cheers (lifts beer into the air and *waves it like she don’t care*). On December 5, 1933 Utah became the 36th state to ratify the Amendment and achieving the necessary majority for repeal. Moreover, the 21st Amendment is the only one out of 27 in our constitution to repeal another amendment.

Gaby: Bam! Dishin’ It just went History on you!

 

Make sure to celebrate the 21st Amendment by raising a cold one (or your drink of choice) this coming December 5th. We’re sure our friends at Roosevelt’s @ 7 will be celebrating, too!

Roosevelt’s @ 7 is located at 821 N. Main, McAllen, TX 78501. You can reach them at (956) 928-1994. Follow them on their social media platforms @Rooseveltsat7pm to stay up to date with their latest beer and food selections and upcoming events. Their hours of operation are Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 a.m.; Saturday & Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.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.