Baumhower’s Victory Grille

The Naan Chicken Philly from Baumhower’s Victory Grille in Auburn.

I’m really big on variety (I try not to sound like a broken record, but it’s true). And I like it because variety offers opportunities. And with food, the chance to try different things is a good thing in my book.

That variety is one of the things I like about Baumhower’s Victory Grille in Auburn.

The sign for Baumhower’s caught my eye while driving to the office one day, so I decided to tuck it in the memory bank for places to check out. When I looked at its menu online, there was a lot to choose from, but I kept gravitating back to its “Naan Series.” According to the menu, it’s Baumhower’s take on classic sandwiches using naan bread.

I like naan bread, but I don’t eat it very often, so that intrigued me, but I also thought it was an unexpected menu item.

Of the four “Naan Series” choices, I ordered the “Naan Chicken Philly.” It has mojo-marinated grilled chicken breast, sautéed bell peppers and onions and the restaurant’s “gooey blanco cheese.” The sandwich is served with the restaurant’s “curly-q fries.”

My tendency is to go without any peppers or onions, but it was the restaurant’s take on a Philly (it has two in the series) and peppers and onions are par for the course, at least the Phillies I’m familiar with, but also because I wanted to get out of my comfort zone (see what I did there … variety).

It was a really good sandwich. The chicken was seasoned well. The blanco cheese was just as nice and the warm naan bread was delicious. The fries were good too. There was also plenty of it. I couldn’t finish it all in one sitting.

I took a look at Baumhower’s desserts and couldn’t resist trying “Beignets Ala’Bama.” According the menu, it’s “a New Orleans favorite done Alabama style.” I will be ordering the beignets again.

I wasn’t able to finish all my beignets in one sitting either. With tax, my food was $15.24.

Though I had to get my food to go, Baumhower’s Victory Grille seemed like a fun place to sit and eat. It was another thing I like about the restaurant. There was plenty inside and outside seating, television screens and a full bar. With its varied menu, you could easily go with a bunch a friends and family or just a few. I suspect everyone could find something they like.

The staff was also friendly and helpful. I have a tendency to ask questions (who’d have thought).

If you haven’t gone there, you should. You won’t be disappointed.

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