1980 E Whipp Rd.
Dayton, OH 45440
Something of community sports bar for the south Kettering area, McGillicutty’s Family Sports Grub & Pub is mainly a place people like to go to enjoy a drink and a game of darts after work. Its clientele is heavily weighted toward the local neighborhood, and is very much a sports bar with inexpensive drinks and even more inexpensive grub. The bar isn’t a terrible place, but it could use an update. But when you head to the spot, I might suggest you grab something to eat beforehand.
The menu is a pretty inexpensive variety of sandwiches, fried things and pizzas. Here are some of the things I tried:
- Cheeseburger: A char-grilled patty, cooked well-done by default, and served with a bunch of different veggies. The meat is cooked well, but it’s hard to taste with all the fixings–heavy pickles, mustard and ketchup on the bottom, heavy mayo and veggies on top. It’s a little smothered. Ask for light sauce.
- BBQ Pork Pizza: The pizza is topped with pulled pork and barbecue sauce. Cheddar Cheese is a nice touch, but it’s really, really greasy. The pizza was overcooked, too, which dried it out a little bit. It’s a specialty pizza, but that grease is too much.
- Wings: The wings were my favorite thing here I’ve tried, they’re topped with a hot sauce that has a little bit of heat. The wings themselves are small, but on some nights, you get them for a cheap 50 cents a pop. Not bad.
- Jalapeno poppers: One of the apps you can try here, six poppers and a sauce. The poppers are light on the actual jalapeno, but plenty of cream cheese. They’re a little on the greasy side, but still good.
The bar interior could use an overhaul. Some of the booths are coming apart, some of the tables are wobbly, and overall the interior of the bar is pretty dark. Of course sports bars thrive on being sort of simple places, but this one is located pretty close to a number of other restaurants and places with newer real estate. In that, though, the spot is really lacking.
Suburban bars like this one will always have a dedicated following of locals, but if you’re coming from out of the area, I don’t think the food here is worth a special visit. There are a ton of sports bars in Dayton, and I don’t know that this one stands out.
- The spot is mainly a sports bar; plenty of televisions to watch games and dart boards. It draws mostly a local crowd.
- The burgers are all right, if you ask them to go light on the sauces, but avoid the pizza.
- Carry-out is available.