It took a long time until I realized Offshore’s Nextdoor is actually not shady. Unfair is the only word needed to describe previous feelings rushing through my brain on the first, second, and third time visiting– probably the fourth as well. I didn’t even know Offshore’s was a restaurant in the beginning. It screams, I mean, belts out louder than the loudest yell that it is none other than a hole-in-the-wall… bar.
It is not a shady bar or a shady restaurant. Offshore’s Nextdoor is a place people in Lake Highlands enjoy going to for drinks, food, and spending time with friends. There is one guy who is the main bartender. This guy is not messing around with the slinging of his drinks. We really need to talk about the pour this bartender of complete glorious pour is pouring. He’s not the least bit concerned with the liquor-bottle-to-drinks-sold equaling out because, believe me, the books are going to be off. His pour is more than the pour at the Corner Bar! I didn’t think any bar in Texas made a stiffer drink than the Corner Bar. This guy is winning.
It was really weird when a couple of friends invited me to have dinner at Offshore’s Nextdoor this past weekend. Come again? There’s no time I’d ever planned on actually eating food from the kitchen located inside this restaurant-bar. After finding out they served food, it has never happened. No way. For some reason I’d like to take a walk-through with a clipboard before swallowing ingredients used to create menu items from Offshore’s, which is totally unfair. I have absolutely nothing to base these feelings on. Admitting this mindset is baseless is the right thing to do.
After agreeing to meet for dinner, grilled shrimp was pleasantly placed on the menu. Being able to predict the future became my reality after becoming lost in a slow motion meat-trance. Meat was going to be cooked on the grill in the same spot the potential order of shrimp would be cooked. This is how I felt, so it must be true. I asked the busy-stiff-drink-maker if the shrimp could be sautéed rather than grilled. He said, “No. We are too busy to sauté shrimp– only grilled.” Alrighty then. I mean, there’s no way anyone should annoy this particular bartender. He’s like a magical bartender of total liquor-pouring joy. Why be a bother about shrimp when he is making all of Lake Highlands a better place by simply existing?
It was then time to ask about the sides. Offshore’s has a veggie of the day, so this made the sun shine a little brighter even though it was dark outside. Giving him a minute to get over the shrimp sauté question seemed like a good idea. When the time came, I asked about the super exciting veggie of the day. Green beans was the answer given, so that meant asking one more annoying question to a guy with no time for nonsense. “Are the green beans cooked with bacon fat?” Of course they are is what my brain instantly believed would be the answer. “Yes, we use bacon fat to cook the green beans.” Alrighty then, again.
A stranger who sat down beside me at the bar had no idea his food would soon be violated by a secret iPhone picture. All he needed to do was turn away for four seconds in order for the violation to be a complete success.
My friends were already eating at this point, which wasn’t a big deal. We were sitting at the bar, so it’s not like anyone was trying to be formal at Offshore’s. No one needed to calm down. Things were fine and dandy. The above mentioned friends were nice enough to let me take a super fast picture of their food. The food they ordered is what they “order all the time.” Maybe this is the blackened ribeye smothered in crawfish etouffee and the other is a chicken sandwich with a side of fried asparagus. My friends love this so much it hurts. These are the same people who were with us during our brunch experience at—> Chuy’s.
Whether it’s for a stiff drink or some dinner, Lake Highlands people should check out Offshore’s Nextdoor. Everyone has always been kind and the food is probably fine.
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