Backseat Bar and Grill
Reviewed by Perry Crabill on
On Sunday, June 19, 2016, Fatherâs Day, my daughter and I had lunch at the Backseat Bar & Grill, 104 Full House Drive, off Route 11, Martinsburg Pike, about a mile north of Winchester, Virginia.
The phone number is (540) 665-9033. Hours are Sunday, 7:00 AM-9:00PM; Monday, 11:00 AM-9:00 PM; Tuesday, 7:00 AM-9:00 PM; Wednesday-Saturday, 7:00 AM-10:00 PM.
This is a large place in a strip mall, with separate entrances for the bar and grill. A retro Bobâs Big Boy statue holding up a hamburger is outside the bar entrance. A large concrete patio out front between the two doors has a black iron fence and seven black iron tables with umbrellas.
We entered via the restaurant door, which had no vestibule. A small bar is to the right with eight stools. The seating area is broken up by waist-high dividers, next to booths, which are also along the front and left side wall.
The floor is tiled with a red and white checkerboard pattern; the ceiling has light acoustic tile. I noticed an ATM hanging on the back wall, along with a single TV screen.
We peeked into the adjoining main bar area through a wide door toward the back. Its large bar is U-shaped, with high-rise seating all around and along the front windows. Its outside entrance also has no vestibule.
A small stage to the right of the entrance is used for occasional music programs. There were several TV screens in this room, along with a wall-mounted juke box and several video games.
The menu is a double-sided 8.5 x 14-inch laminated sheet. Categories on one side are Appetizers (including Shareable), Soup and Salads, and Sides; on the flip side are Sandwiches and Wraps, and Backseat Bowls.
Also, Drive-In Specials, Kids Meals, and Refreshments. One of the appetizers was a bit unusual, âFried Pickle Spears, Breaded, Deep Fried, and served with Ranch Dressingâ. There are also Daily Specials.
My daughter ordered the Steak and Cheese Sub, âJuicy Chopped Season Steak on a Toasted Philly Sub Roll, Smothered with Melted Provolone Cheese and Grilled Onions, Topped Off with Lettuce, Tomato, and Mayoâ.
My choice was a Beefy Bowl, âJuicy Roast Beef, SautÃ©ed Mushrooms and Onion Served Over Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Topped With Beef Gravyâ. Our food was served on large oval platters that had been warmed, a nice touch. I rate the place as a keeper.
When I first visited the Backseat after it opened early in 2005, it was only a single room, which is now the restaurant section. Later, it took over the space next to it at 102 Full House Drive, previously occupied by a tanning salon, and remodeled it into the present large bar room.
Full House Drive gets its name because the site was once the location of the Winchester Drive-In Theater, which closed in 1986. In its final years it showed pornographic films.
Winchester Brew Works
Reviewed by ilovebrew on
I like going to Winchester Brew Works to avoid the hustle and bustle of the bars on the downtown mall. It is a few blocks away, but still walkable. They have outdoor seating and a good selection of beers (about 9 on tap). Make sure that you check their hours of operation before going. They are closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.