New place in town

Posted June 26, 2013 in Boone, Community Featured
A club sandwich was piled high on ciabatta bread at The Sports Story.

A club sandwich was piled high on ciabatta bread at The Sports Story.

A little something for everyone is what we found when my favorite dining companion and I finally met up with family for a night out at the newly-opened Sports Story in downtown Boone.

And we had definitely been waiting for a night like this. After a previous fire in this location, we had eagerly awaited the return of a dining establishment at this venue. When word went out that this former grocery store building was to become a bar and grill, we couldn’t quite imagine it. Now, with a spacious and welcoming interior, it seems like a perfect fit and a much-needed establishment in the downtown core.

But let’s get to the good part — the food.

It took awhile to pore over the menu, so fortunately we had some cool drinks to keep us satisfied as we contemplated our choices. Finally, I settled on the Story Club Sandwich. It was a warm evening, and I was ready for something light, but filling. The club sandwich is perfect for that, starting off with toasted ciabatta bread, filled with roasted turkey and ham, and then piled high with cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato and bacon, plus a side of mayo, of course.

My dining companion opted for one of all-time favorites: a mushroom Swiss burger. The fresh, grilled hamburger came piled high with sautéed mushrooms and Swiss cheese, looking somewhat akin to Grandma’s Sunday gravy on a bun. He was completely satisfied.

The appetizers at the Sports Story can practically be a meal in themselves. Don’t miss the hot wings or the monster nachos. And, of course, the onion rings and Sante Fe rolls are not to be missed.

Next time, we’ll check out more of the appetizers and follow them up with one of the light and healthy wraps.

As filled as we were, we did manage to wander over to the games and our littlest dining companion had a great time shooting hoops and going after some “big game” hunting — with a little help from the expert in our group.

The Sports Story is a welcome addition to downtown Boone, where plentiful dining choices always make it fun to visit.

The Sports Story
826 Story St.
(515) 433-9999
Hours: Open at 11 a.m. daily
Kitchen closes at 10:30 p.m.
Bar closes at 2 a.m.

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