Rosie’s Bar & Grill
Rosie’s Bar & Grill 2449 Wilton Dr, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Rosie’s Bar & Grill has long been a staple in the Wilton Manors restaurant scene. Many years ago, this restaurant started out as a Hamburger Mary’s. But when the owners decided not to renew their franchise license, they went on their own and made a menu that would appeal to the local community. The new Hamburger Mary’s across the street is not affiliated with Rosie’s in any way.
My friends Jeff and Tim were in town, visiting from Michigan. We were starving, and they had never been to the drive before, so I suggested that we have lunch at Rosie’s Bar & Grill and then take a walk so they could see Wilton Manors’ downtown area.
Parking at Rosie’s Bar & Grill is valet only if you want to pull right up to the restaurant. But there is a public lot just about two blocks away off of 8th Terrace. There is usually a spot open in the public parking most days.
As you enter, the hostess stand is to your left to greet you. There is a large bar area inside, which has seating and also offers outdoor seating as well. Inside is a mix of booths and tables, and it is probably the easier section to get a spot. Outdoors, you will find a large patio area filled with tables of various sizes.
Sunday Brunch is one of the busiest times to go, but you will also have a ton of fun. Many other nights are busy until close as this is a trendy place.
Rosie’s Bar & Grill has an extensive selection of burgers you can choose from and has won many awards over the years for them, but Tim wanted to stay simple. Tim went with a traditional cheeseburger. The burger was cooked perfectly, served open-faced with lettuce, tomato, and pickles on the other half of the bun. For his side, he chose french fries. Tim enjoyed his meal very much and said he would order it again.
Jeff was up next, choosing the “Big Fish Tacos.” Warm, soft flour tortillas stuffed with fresh Mahi Mahi, Cajun dusted and grilled, and other totally fresh stuff like Rosie’s homemade lime slaw, pico de gallo, avocado, chipotle ranch dressing, and a sprinkling of fresh cilantro. For his side, Jeff chose the loaded brown rice. He said the flavors merged together like a celebration in his mouth. His smile went from ear to ear as he devoured his tacos in record time.
For my meal, I went with my old standby. Rosies Bar & Grill serves up something called the “She-Bop Wrap.” Grilled chicken, crisp bacon, fresh avocado, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, and herb mayo, all served in a wrap of your choice. I went with the traditional white flour wrap. I usually don’t get the avocado, but this handheld sandwich is full of flavor. The herb mayo adds just the right amount of wetness to all the ingredients and makes this wrap. I love the french fries, and they almost show up the main part of your meal. I order this nearly every time I am there unless I want a burger.