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Duffy's Sports Grill opens first Miami location

freakerdude Jun 25, 2011 07:59 AM

Duffy's just opened a 25,000 sq. foot location on the Intracoastal in N. Miami Beach on Friday. This is their first Dade county location and are well respected in Palm Beach county.

200 HDTVs, 600 seats, dock space for 50 boats, a pool, 40 beers in the old Water Club location.

This location looks really nice.


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  1. The Chowfather RE: freakerdude Jun 25, 2011 10:19 AM

    I've heard very good things about their food as far as sports bars go. I've been to the one in Boca but only for drinks.

    Going to try the new location later today, Any recs?

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    1. re: The Chowfather
      CFByrne RE: The Chowfather Jun 25, 2011 02:03 PM

      Wings not that great. The chicken parm is actually not bad and a huge portion, you won't be able to finish it. They also recently added of all things chicken curry which also is really pretty darn good. My wife and others like the veggie burger, with a big slice of avacado. Ribs are decent too. Another new addition is a steamed mussels app which was pretty good as well.

      1. re: The Chowfather
        OysterHo RE: The Chowfather Jun 25, 2011 03:42 PM

        Probably too late for you. Their burgers and salads are great. Love their flatiron steak and cobb salads. Also the fish tacos are good. Lobster bisque is the only thing i didn' t like.

        1. re: The Chowfather
          freakerdude RE: The Chowfather Jun 25, 2011 04:34 PM

          Wings are average, burgers are good, and their blackened mahi sandwich is even better.

          1. re: freakerdude
            LargeLife RE: freakerdude Jun 26, 2011 05:23 AM

            We have Duffy's here in the PSL / Ft. Pierce area....I've been to Duffy's a handful of times....never had a bad experience.....then again....I've always left there thinking it should have been better.....Duffy's is OK....Not a place you dream about or really pre-plan to go to....Just so-so.....

            Ft. Pierce, FL

            1. re: LargeLife
              smartie RE: LargeLife Jun 26, 2011 06:11 AM

              I agree with you LL, nothing special. Actually I've never had a great meal at Duffys and we have a few in PBC. Average at best.

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                Jenaclaree RE: smartie Jun 26, 2011 03:28 PM

                I personally don't get why they are always so busy. Nothing special. Just a place I go to if co-workers want to go for happy hour. Now Bru's room I get excited for!

                1. re: Jenaclaree
                  CFByrne RE: Jenaclaree Jun 27, 2011 04:18 AM

                  > I personally don't get why they are always so busy

                  Three reasons:

                  1) The VIP card loyalty program. They give 1 pt for every dollar you spend and a pt is worth 10 cents. So basically frequent diners end up getting "10% cash back" over time. More frequent diners can up this to 15%. This is a powerful incentive for folks such as retirees/senior citizens who basically want a simple meal out several times a week - if not every night.

                  2) 40% off all food from 2 to 4PM and 2 for 1 happy hour from 4PM on. Again for retirees and other folks with time on their hands - of which Florida has many - if you "game" this system, you can eat and drink at a big discount.

                  3) Good service. well run stores, consistency.

                  That's their formula as far as I can tell, and it works. Go to a Duffy's any weeknight at 5PM then go to any similar place. Duffy's will be crowded, the others empty.

              2. re: LargeLife
                CFByrne RE: LargeLife Jun 27, 2011 04:12 AM

                Duffy's is essentially a family-friendly Sports bar/restaurant

                If you go here looking for gourmet dining, you're going to be disappointed and judge them "average at best".

                If you go here looking for sports bar food, you're probably going to be satisfied and judge them "average to above average".

                The franchise and stores are well managed and so they get extra points for consistency and service in my book.

                1. re: CFByrne
                  OysterHo RE: CFByrne Jun 27, 2011 04:24 AM

                  Well said Charlie. All of it!

                  I'm not a huge fan of sports bar food but if I had to choose one it would be them. I wish they sold oysters though lol.

                  Plus since it's my birthday month, I get a free appetizer. Fish tacos have my name on them!

                  1. re: CFByrne
                    freakerdude RE: CFByrne Jun 27, 2011 09:25 AM

                    Yes, you never go to a sports bar just for the food.

                    1. re: freakerdude
                      Jenaclaree RE: freakerdude Jun 27, 2011 09:50 AM

                      I get all that except that none of their food stands out. Brus's has good wings and pizza, Alehouse has Zingers. What on earth does Duffy's have that I would go for? Those discounts don't really make me want to eat there when I feel the food is not just average, but below.

              3. re: The Chowfather
                The Chowfather RE: The Chowfather Jul 16, 2011 07:51 PM

                Never followed up on this post, sorry. Place was packed during my visit. The staff size was comical and easily 3 to 1patron. On the positive side, I've never seen more TV's in a bar/restaurant, thought I walked into Best Buy. The outside bar/pool area was on the low life/dirt ball side during my Sat. afternoon visit though.

                I unfortunately didn't get to sample enough of the food to render a meaningful opinion. I ordered the mixed regular wings but they arrived boneless and in a tower. They were just ok. Nice beers selection and my 3 year olds loved the make your own Sunday which was a bargain.

                I need to go back and try more food offerings. Their numerous wall to wall TV's are an obvious draw. Their dockage space is also a draw for all boaters out there. Just keep the hood rats away

                1. re: The Chowfather
                  freakerdude RE: The Chowfather Jul 16, 2011 09:43 PM

                  At every Duffy's I have been to, they always have plenty of staff on hand at all times.

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                GatorFL RE: freakerdude Jul 16, 2011 02:39 PM

                The Original Duffy's near UM in Miami is better than the chain-store Duffy's migrating down from Palm Beach.

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                  The Chowfather RE: GatorFL Jul 16, 2011 07:38 PM

                  Agree that the UM one is a cool spot but that's not really what this post is about. #RIF

                  1. re: GatorFL
                    CFByrne RE: GatorFL Jul 17, 2011 04:21 AM

                    There's probably a "Duffy's Bar" in every major area of the country.

                    So I'm not sure about labelling one near UM "the original".

                    1. re: CFByrne
                      GatorFL RE: CFByrne Jul 17, 2011 04:38 AM

                      Well, it's been there since the 40's. So for Miami, I'd say that's pretty original.

                      1. re: GatorFL
                        CFByrne RE: GatorFL Jul 17, 2011 04:43 AM

                        Wow, that is pretty impressive. And I thought only joints like Tobacco Road have been around that long.

                        Tobacco Road
                        626 S Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33130

                        1. re: CFByrne
                          GatorFL RE: CFByrne Jul 17, 2011 06:44 AM

                          Yeah it is. That's why I called it the "original." I can vouch for the food and the beer at the original. The beer is ice-cold and the food is great. It's still family owned; the owner often tends bar.

                          I live in Palm Beach and like the Duffy's chain, it is consistent and the beer is always cold . I've been to a few different locations. None have the ambiance of the original in Miami.

                          1. re: GatorFL
                            Frodnesor RE: GatorFL Jul 17, 2011 07:00 AM

                            If you're thinking of the Duffy's Tavern (a fine little place) on Red Road I don't think it has anything to do with the Duffy's chain.

                            Duffy's Tavern
                            2108 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33155

                  2. Blind Mind RE: freakerdude Jul 19, 2011 12:59 PM

                    I guess I'm the only one wondering if this is really "Chow-worthy"??

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                    1. re: Blind Mind
                      nikklos RE: Blind Mind Jul 20, 2011 10:02 AM

                      Duffy's "Death Dog" is definitely "Chow-worthy"!

                      1. re: Blind Mind
                        The Chowfather RE: Blind Mind Jul 20, 2011 11:54 AM

                        Hey Blind Mice, of course sports bars can be chow-worthy

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