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Enjoying Better Restaurants

When I started thinking more seriously about traveling full time for work, I knew that zeroing in on the best restaurants would probably make my experience a lot better. I started reading more and more restaurant reviews and checking out articles from restaurant critics talking about how to find great places to eat. It really made a big difference, to the point of me being able to gain a little weight on the road. Check out this blog to find out how to find great restaurants and enjoy better food. You never know, it could make your next date or business trip a lot better.

Having The Best Dining Experience At A Bar And Grill: 3 Tips To Pairing Alcohol With Your Meal

Americans are big drinkers, with 66% of Americans drinking an average of 4 alcoholic drinks each week. The best time to indulge is when you're eating out, and there's no better time to pair alcohol with your meals than when you're eating at a bar and grill like Mugshots Burger N' Brew. Different types of alcoholic beverages simply go great with the delicious meat entrees that the bar and grill has to offer. If you're not exactly sure what type of alcohol best pairs up with which type of food, consider the following 3 tips.

The More Roasted the Meat, the Heavier the Ale

If you're a connoisseur of beer and ales, you definitely need to order a bottle or a cup of beer with your meat. The malt in the beer perfectly complements the flavors in the meat and will bring out more dimension in each bite. There's a reason why there's different types of beers and ales, as different kinds go well with different types of meat. The general rule of thumb to follow is to order heavier ales for meat that has been roasted more. The malt in the beer will complement the roasted taste and flavor of the meat.

Choose lighter ales for lighter meat, like seafood and chicken. Choose ales over beers if you're ordering meat that has been roasted or barbequed. This is because ales tend to have more body and malty sweetness in them. For red meats or meat that has been more intensely roasted, you'll want to go for a heavier ale. The richer body of a heavier ale will complement and bring out the flavors in the meat tremendously. It'll enhance your dining experience.

Pick Acidic or High Alcohol Wine for Fatty Cuts of Meat

Not everyone is a big fan of beers and ales, and that's okay. If you prefer wine over beer, then you'll want to consider the fat content of the meat when you're choosing a wine. While you should still follow the basic rule of choosing lighter wines for lighter meats like seafood and chicken, you should also take into consideration the fact that more acidic wines or ones with a higher alcohol content will generally pair better with fatty cuts of meat. The acidic nature of the alcohol will basically cut through the fat to bring out the natural flavors of the meat.

If you neglect to pick a wine that is acidic enough or has a high enough alcohol content when the meat is fatty, the wine will simply feel and taste flat regardless of how high of a quality it is. Don't waste a good bottle of wine simply because you've decided to order a fatty cut of steak or some other type of grilled meat.

Choose Strongly Flavored Desserts to Pair with Cocktails

Dinner is not complete without dessert. If you haven't had a drink yet, you should highly consider ordering a cocktail or some type of sweet alcoholic beverage to end your evening off with a bang. While there's no rule as to what type of cocktail you should order for what dessert, you should keep in mind that the flavors and syrups added in each cocktail are relatively strong and can be quite overpowering. As a result, you should pair cocktails with strongly flavored desserts that won't be easily overpowered.

For example, you can order a slice of chunky chocolate cake with a cocktail, but you should really avoid ordering a much more delicate dessert like a vanilla mousse dessert if you plan on ordering a cocktail. If you're at a loss as to what you should order, your server will usually be able to give you some great recommendations.


There's nothing like eating out at your favorite bar and grill. Watching the game on a big television while chomping down on a huge platter of meat with some beer or wine at the side or simply spending some time with family and friends can be a great way to relax after a stressful week.