bob's victory grille

Pictured is a plate of lemon pepper char-grilled chicken with peas and rice along with white BBQ sauce on the side at Bob’s Victory Grille.

Before I was hired at the Opelika-Auburn News, my current boss, Dana Sulonen, performed the requisite background check that requires making phone calls to people I listed as “references” on my job application.

I listed my friend and former coworker, Stephen Haynes, because the application told me to list “personal references” and not “professional references.” That was an interesting decision because Stephen is … an interesting dude. Sure enough, Dana called Stephen.

Flashback a week prior to the phone call. Stephen, another one of our friends and I were eating dinner at a restaurant. I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich – with a side order of grilled chicken. I really like grilled chicken. So what was the conversation about between Dana and Stephen?

My adoration for grilled chicken, of course.

All of this to say that if I’m an expert on two things in life, it’s East Alabama high school football (I think) and grilled chicken. OK, three things; I feel very confident in my knowledge of Noam Chomsky’s “Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy of the Mass Media.”

Back to the chicken, though.

I recently ate at Bob’s Victory Grille, located on Bent Creek Road in Auburn because who doesn’t love pub-style comfort food served in a cool place with multiple TVs?

That’s what I received, and it was pretty damn good.

For lunch, I had one of its “Classic Americana Dishes.” It sounded good and that’s usually half the battle. I went with the Lower Alabama chicken plate for $9.99 with a side of sweet potato fries. It was somewhat busy in the restaurant, so the wait felt slightly longer than it should have been, but not long enough to annoy me. The food was worth the wait, anyway.

The plate of food looked pretty, and it tasted better. The lemon pepper char-grilled chicken was served with peas and rice along with white BBQ sauce on the side. White BBQ sauce is the best thing about Alabama, by the way.

The grilled chicken was perfect. It was flavorful and tender. It was thin on the outside and thick in the middle. The peas and rice were a tasty complement between bites.

I was quickly full without even touching the sweet potato fries. I did eat those later, though, and they were pretty good, too.

Aside from the food, Bob’s has a pretty cool atmosphere to catch a game with a group of friends over some beer. That sounds like a good plan for next time, actually.

Take it from a guy who knows his grilled chicken: There certainly will be a next time.

Bob’s Victory Grille

Address: 2353 Bent Creek Road Suite 120, Auburn

Phone number: 334-246-4180

Hours of Operation: Dining: Monday through Friday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Number of Forks: 4

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