WEDGIES SPORTS BAR
BY VEGAS FOOD NERD
About an hour Northeast of Las Vegas, nestled in the rugged Virgin River Valley, sitting on the edge of the Nevada/Arizona border, is the small town of Mesquite—also a warm desert climate with over 300 days of sunshine a year, but with limited dining options. Enter Wedgies Sports Bar—a recently opened locale committed to becoming a beloved part of the small community.
Vegas native, Randy Aleman, convinced family members and friends to purchase a building in the small town in 2013. The group of partners, which also includes General Manager Chris Hennig, have had great success in running restaurants, and with the wisdom they’ve gained over the years, they knew they had to wait for just the right timing to open this new dining spot. They had a vision for creating a restaurant that the residents in Mesquite could enjoy, without having to walk through a smoky casino floor: A great place to grab a beer, watch the game, share a meal with friends, and just a great place to hang out.
Recently announced, this December: Wedgies will become one of the first places in Mesquite to offer non-smoking gaming in the city. Randy, Chris, and their partners are excited to share the newly opened outpost in Mesquite with the town and its residents. Their goal is to create a space where all types and demographics feel comfortable when they walk through the door. Understanding that the town may be small but its townspeople are loyal, the partners are looking forward to their business contributing to local causes and interests.
The restaurant’s atmosphere is open, modern, and very comfortable. It is divided into two sections: The general dining area and the bar—resulting in a very family-friendly destination, as well as a great place to hang out with friends while cheering for your favorite team without disturbing the families that might be dining there at the same time. The gaming is of course in the bar side of things, which makes for a great place to go when you just want some cold beer and to play some games, and hopefully leave the joint with a little extra cash in your wallet. Good times and a great staff make for a winning combination in this sports bar and restaurant.
The menu is a mix between American comfort food classics, such as Hamburgers, Sandwiches, Salads, and more. You can also order a big old plate of Nachos while you watch the latest sporting event. In addition, they feature some really good Italian-American options as well with their house made Pasta Fagioli, homemade Pizzas, Calzones, and a selection of Pastas with their fresh, made-from-scratch sauces. Their pasta and meatballs will take you right back to your Nonna’s kitchen (if you were lucky enough to have one, that is).
Wedgies also offers some great specials available all day long, such as their $4.50 Draft Beers—all day, every day. Their Happy Hour truly lives up to its name with $2 Domestic Drafts, $3 Imports, and $2 Well Drinks. It typically runs from 2:00pm to 6:00pm, but this casual and comfortable eatery extends their specials to every major sporting event that may be drawing in the fans at the time. Wings and cold beers while you cheer is an American tradition that they take very seriously at Wedgies, with flavors ranging from BBQ, Teriyaki, Mild, Medium, Habanero, or plain—all served with the classic accompaniments of Celery, Ranch Dressing and their salty, crispy, tummy-pleasing French Fries. Crispy Calamari, and Fried Zucchini are some of their other tasty bites they offer—and while we are at it, who doesn’t love a good and gooey Cheese Stick now and again? One of their more unique offerings is their Steamed Bucket of Clams, which you can enjoy two ways: either with a choice of a red or white broth with garlic and wine.
When I got the chance to visit this new Mesquite hotspot, I tried a couple of their messy, but good hot sandwiches—like their cheesy, sweet and sour Ruben, and their wet but deliciously dripping good Italian Beef. I kicked it all off with my friend by trying their take on the Italian Classic Pasta Fagioli. It was a garlicky soup creation that satisfied. I highly recommend that on your next visit. Pairing that course with a nice cold beer on draft, we moved onto the hot sandwiches. The Ruben was piled with just the right mix of Sauerkraut, Corned Beef, Swiss and Thousand Island dressing that I was hoping for when it arrived at the table. And that Italian Beef sandwich had just the right amount of juice that a true Chicago Italian would recognize (my grandpa taught me well). And this was the ‘real deal’ Italian Beef—complete with the right mix of Giardiniera, melted Provolone and Au Jus to dip the messy creation in. This isn’t about being pretty, it’s about getting down and dirty with a really good sub. Yum.
This is a fun, family-friendly, girlfriend lunch spot, sports viewing gathering spot with friends, and a great place to just grab a beer while playing a few games on their machines. It is a spot that Mesquite really needed—to fill a void in their restaurant scene. And if you’re ever near the town of Mesquite, I highly suggest you give it a try. My family and I love this place and make a point of stopping on all of our Northern travels.
Wedgies is located at 796 W. Pioneer Blvd., Mesquite, NV 89027 and are open daily from 7am-10pm. (702) 346-0999 WedgiesSportsBar.com