February 12, 2009 Volume CXXV Issue 3

This “Beef” never goes bad

By MICHAEL GILKISON, Staff Writer
The interior of the restaurant is geared towards sports fans.

The interior of the restaurant is geared towards sports fans.

Are you tired of going to Applebee’s and O’ Charley’s for your Georgetown restaurant needs? Need a change of scenery or perhaps some menu variety? Well if so, then Beef O’ Brady’s is the place for you. It can be easy to look past Beef O’ Brady’s when you are making those weekend restaurant decisions, but it is well worth the trip to the neighbor of Sally’s Beauty Salon for some good Irish eating. In case you don’t know exactly where Beef O’ Brady’s is located, it is located at 101 Magnolia Drive close to Kohl’s and Lowe’s. When you first walk in the door, you have the option of either sitting in a booth, at a table or at the bar. The restaurant is significantly smaller than Applebee’s and O’ Charley’s, but don’t let that get in your way. The kitchen can focus on making your food better if there are less people and they most likely will.

The environment at Beef’s varies, which is part of its charm and part of what makes it interesting. Since it is a family sports pub and restaurant, the environment can be different upon each visit. If you don’t feel like being around kids, be sure to avoid Sundays because that is a prime day for small children’s sport teams to invade. Other than the possibility of being next to 15 screaming kids, the environment has the sports bar feel to it while it is still possible to have a quiet conversation if desired. If you are interested in adult beverages, Beef’s has a nice selection of bottled and draft beer while also showing its versatility with a notable wine selection. If you are not yet 21 and if you enjoy video games, then there is also a small arcade.

When it comes to the menu at Beef’s, it makes my mouth water to think about the Buffalo wings, burgers and the appetizers. If you are in the mood for an excellent burger, I would suggest either the O’ Brady Burger or the Mushroom Swiss Burger. I have tried both of them and they are top-notch. After further perusing the menu, I found that you couldn’t go wrong with any burger they fix. When it comes to the Buffalo wings, I can only say that you will not be disappointed. If you happen to be a big eater like myself, then I would consider ordering the wings in large amounts. They are decently priced and it also works great for splitting if you are in a group. The wings are simply delicious. There is a great variety of appetizers from potato skins to queso dip all the way to the new crab cakes.

The chicken wings are considered a specialty at Beef O’ Brady’s.

The chicken wings are considered a specialty at Beef O’ Brady’s.

The only warning about the food that I would advise people about is the food quantity. If you are really hungry, then be wise about your selection. In other words, the club wrap may not fill you up and could leave your stomach yearning for Beef’s Big Burger. The house salads are also good at Beef’s and offer healthy selections that come with a pickle and chips instead of fries. When it comes to the service at Beef’s, they have always been friendly and show a concern for their customers. The food comes out quickly and the servers have always been diligent in refilling drinks. Additionally, the management is excellent and will make sure to do everything they can to make your experience worthwhile.

In short, I am all in favor of Beef’s. They are simply good all the way around and more importantly, the food is spectacular. Even if you don’t like screaming kids, the burgers are worth the experience. If you have never been to beef’s and you like videogames, I would be sure to check the place out. A small arcade at a sports bar is worth the visit and some part of the eating experience is guaranteed to tickle your fancy.


Movie finds value in truth

Film about relationships arrives in theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day

By LEAH MCGRAY, Staff Writer

Think about one of your first dates with a person. Consider the time, the place and the overall mood; did you think that the date went well? And after the date, did you receive a call or were you blown off? Why is it that we find ourselves wondering about why someone has not called? Whether male or female, we all find ourselves at some point in time concerned with our past, present, or future relationships. “He’s Just Not That Into You” is based on a book by Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo. This book focused on the subject of self-improvement and was released in 2004. It did not take long for it to become a New York Times bestseller and was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” Warner Brothers Studios picked up the rights to film an adaptation and forged ahead with their plans.

The film was actually completed in 2007 but was shelved until early 2009 in order to market the film more effectively. It seems to be no coincidence that it finds its way into theaters just in time for Valentine’s Day. As such, it may serve as an alternative for the single crowd on a romantically focused day of the year. “He’s Just Not That Into You” begins with a narration from GiGi (Ginnifer Goodwin). The movie starts with the classic tale of a little boy picking on a little girl (by calling her names and pushing her down). The little girl is hurt and of course turns to the one person who seems to make it all better, her mom. Her mother’s response begins the cycle of a lifelong struggle with understanding the opposite sex. “He does that because he likes you.” At some point in time, most have heard this response. He is being a jerk because he likes you, but how do we know when he is being a jerk because he is flirting or if it is because he really doesn’t like you?

The movie revolves around different relationships and problems they include. Whether it is because someone is unfaithful, not ready for marriage or not showing any form of sexual attraction, most of the answers are simple, “he’s just not that into you.” The movie deals with both sides of the story, male and female. Although predominately focused on how women wait for men to call or wait for the man to propose, issues with women that men face also are shown. The movie is a comedy but also expresses how little we understand a person of the opposite sex. How from a very young age, we are taught to do or to understand something that is way above our heads. How our friends and family often find a different explanation to soothe another’s feelings although the answer seems all too obvious.

In watching the movie or reading the book from which the movie was adapted, a person is forced to confront the truth. If he’s not calling, if he’s not marrying you, if she’s not sleeping with you, he or she is just not that into you. Instead of pulling excuses out of thin air in order to soothe our own egos, we need to accept what is blindingly obvious: he or she may not be interested and instead of focusing on what went wrong, we need to accept the truth and move on. Watch the movie or read the book to find out if you are, or have been, one of those comforting your friends or even been in denial yourself. Although it is meant to show us that we may have allowed ourselves to become ignorant of truth, it is also hilarious and contains clips most of us can relate to. But once you watch the movie you’ll be expected to confront the truth in the future, so don’t watch if you can’t handle the truth!

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