Unexpected Delight

by | Jun 2024

LET ME start by saying that I’m not a fan of bar food, so I wouldn’t choose a sports bar for lunch. However, I recently met a business associate for lunch at Coach’s Eastgate Grille off Highway 109 in Lebanon and was in for a treat. Instead of the typical bar food, it offered an excellent meat-and-three lunch menu. This unique feature elevates it from just another local bar to a delightful dining spot for a hearty midday meal. The lunch menu is available from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. on weekdays. 

Upon entering, the atmosphere is immediately welcoming, combining the relaxed vibe of a bar with the cleanliness and order of a well-maintained restaurant. The staff enhances this atmosphere with their friendliness and efficiency, making the customers feel appreciated and well taken care of. Our server, Riley, needs a big shout-out for her prompt and thoughtful service, ensuring our smooth and enjoyable dining experience. 

Riley suggested the blackened catfish for my meal, so I ordered that, along with fried squash and broccoli. The catfish was perfectly seasoned, striking a delicious balance of flavorful yet not overpowering flavors. The sides, especially the fried squash, were a delightful complement; the breading had a great flavor, wasn’t overcooked, and the pieces were a good size. My friend selected the half-open-faced roast beef, topped with a generous helping of creamy mashed potatoes and rich gravy. It was a comforting and satisfying choice that seemed to embody the essence of a fulfilling meat-and-three meal. 

The sweet tea was refreshingly well-prepared. I’m a Southern girl, so I am a sweet tea snob. Despite the bar setting, the ambiance during our visit was quiet and relaxed, without the usual busyness, which allowed us to enjoy our meal in peace. 

Overall, Coach’s Eastgate Grill is an excellent choice for anyone searching for a quality meal in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. It offers a great combination of delicious food, attentive service, and a clean environment, making it a must-visit for locals and visitors alike. GN 

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