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Eating at the End Zone in East Greenwich
It all began one evening when my husband and I ventured out into a cold and drizzly autumn night, our mission being able to discover a place to eat that was fun, cheap and easy to find from the main road. We are always up for an adventure, so when I spotted “The End Zone”, while heading south on Post Rd. in East Greenwich, I nudged my husband and told him that was the place we needed to visit. We love experiencing new restaurants and sharing them with our readers, so “The End Zone” would be a neat place to do just that.
We seated ourselves at the high top tables and bar chairs. Other patrons were busy eating, some watching HDTV, and a few that appeared to be local visitors chatting at the bar. Our waitress arrived within just a few minutes after we sat down, plopped down the menus and asked if we wanted anything to drink. Her name was Gail. We asked for chips and salsa to start and then I asked if they had maybe a holiday drink. Gail said that they didn’t have anything in particular, but she would be creative and try to whip something up for me. Introducing the newest drink on the market, a ‘Cinnanmon Apple-Pie Martini’. Imagine drinking an apple pie with the sweet, sometimes bitter taste of green apples, a splash of cinnamon for spice and, well, the alcohol to set a festive mood.
I was still glancing over the menu for something to satisfy my ravenous appetite. I had to look over the prices a few times because I thought that I was imagining things. Spaghetti and meatballs for under $7 and ‘all you can eat’ Fish and Chips on Friday? That was just a few of the many inexpensive items on the menu, plus a wide variety of other delicious foods. I wanted to taste everything but I knew I would ‘pay for it’ the next day so I played it safe with the 15-cent chicken wings, starting out with 10 of them for start. I could only eat 5 because they were so filling; a blend of spices with just the right amount of hot sauce. My husband ordered the spaghetti and meatballs and when the plate arrived, he stopped counting the meatballs after 5. The pasta sauce was a rich blend of chunks of tomatoes, garlic, onions, and a variety of other spices and just a touch of sweetness to moisten the palate.
Our waitress was speedy, moving from one table to another, clearing away dishes and getting ready for the next customer. Just the right type of personality for The End Zone; quick to seat; quick to drink, quick to eat, and quick for service. Never once did we feel hurried to leave, even though there were others that were waiting for a seat.
The End Zone was a pleasurable experience for both of us . Its laid back, sports-bar décor, always a full glass of water, and a staff that makes you feel right at home. I would recommend The End Zone to those that want to feel comfortable while eating, not having to worry about breaking the bank with horrendously high prices and just plain having a great time!
Please visit ‘The End Zone’ at 5835 Post Road, East Greenwich, RI; (401) 885-8226.
Gail’s recipe for the ‘Apple-Pie Martini’:
- 1 oz. Stoli Apple Vodka
- 1 oz. Apple Pucker schnapps(or more, depending on taste)
- Splash of Hot Damn red hot cinnamon schnapps
- Splash of cranberry juice
- Splash of sour mix
Mix together and pour over ice or serve in a martini glass.