By MADOLINE MARKHAM
Wild Rock Grill in Wildwood reopened this summer as a different version of its former persona, Locos Grill and Pub. It’s still a restaurant and bar, serving greasy food until late at night and orders of wings and burgers on game days. But it now offers a meat and three lunch menu perfect for a fast Southern sit-down meal any day of the week, including Sundays.
“I can have your lunch served in five minutes,” manager Ethel Ellison said.
Meats on the lunch menu are Italian Fried Chicken, a pork chop, baked tilapia, chicken breast and Pepper Steak N’ Gravy. The side selection includes mashed potatoes, corn, green beans, rice, macaroni ‘n cheese, carrots, turnip greens, okra, steamed veggies, Wild Rock’s signature rosemary roasted potatoes, potato salad, coleslaw and a side salad. You can get one meat and two veggies or four veggies for $7.99 including a drink and bread.
Their full menu of hearty appetizers and sandwiches as well as entrees and salads is available all day. Popular dishes include their tortilla-fried tilapia and Philly cheese steak.
Ellison ensures their sandwiches, including a buttery turkey melt or patty melt, have more than enough meat. “We put 5 ounces of meat on each sandwich, while most restaurants only serve 4 ounces,” she said.
Likewise, their wings, popular on game days for eat-in or take out, are always jumbo-sized. Ellison recalled one man who insisted on ordering 20 wings because he said he always ate 20 wings, but he was only able to eat 10 of the Wild Rock wings for his lunch.
On game days, Wild Rock hosts gatherings of fans. They always have Alabama and Auburn cable and pay-per-view games on TVs throughout their bar and dining rooms; the Birmingham chapter of the University of Tennessee Big Orange Club has also made Wild Rock its home base.
No matter the time of day or whether you are coming for a meal or drinks, Ellison said Wild Rock is inviting. “There’s just a friendly, comfortable, down-home feeling in the restaurant,” she said.
Wild Rock hosts live music on Friday nights and karaoke on Wednesday nights starting at 9:30 p.m. Ellison warns there is elbow room only after 11:30 p.m. when a crowd of Samford students usually arrives.
The bar at Wild Rock is known for its beer prices. Coors are always $2. They offer happy hour specials Monday-Friday, 4-8 p.m.: $2 domestic bottles and $2 drafts of domestics, Dos Equis and Yuengling. Pitchers after 10 p.m. on weeknights and all day on Saturday and Sunday are $6.25 for domestic beers. For Pint Night on Thursdays, all draft beer is $3 starting at 4 p.m. Their draft selection includes Guinness, Andy Gator, Laughing Skull Amber Ale, Blue Moon and Truck Stop Honey Brown Ale.
The menu is served up until midnight, but Ellison said they can always accommodate someone looking for a meal. “If you come in and you are hungry, we’ll take care of you,” she said. “If you come in just after midnight, someone can go back into the kitchen and make you a cold sandwich.”
Wild Rock Grill
230 State Farm Parkway, Wildwood
Monday-Saturday, 11 am.-2 a.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.