Spencer’s Corner Bar
Spencer’s Corner Bar: 2390 Wilton Drive, Wilton Manors, FL 33305
Spencer’s Corner Bar is located in the heart of Wilton Manors, near Rosie’s and Hamburger Mary’s. I have been to this place a few times with different people and kept forgetting to take pictures or write a review. When my friend Jeff wanted to go out for lunch on a Sunday, I figured, let’s hit up Spencer’s.
My past experiences have always been good, and the atmosphere is friendly and inviting. The only complaint that I will say is that parking sometimes can be a challenge since the restaurant itself only has a handful of spaces. So you will need to check out the city parking lots located at NE8th Terrace & 26th Street or NE 11th Avenue at 23rd Dr. The latter is the one I recommend so you don’t have to cross 26th Street.
Once you find your parking space, you will want to either use the host stand inside the front door or by the entrance to the patio. The patio is a nice size and covered so that you don’t get rained on or the mid-day sun is not beating down on you. There is nothing but tables outside, which can be combined for larger groups.
There is an inside and outside bar where you can sit and drink or have your meal. Inside is a mix of tables and a few booths. The outside might lure you into thinking that the restaurant is small, but once inside, you will see plenty of seating. Most people choose to sit outside in Florida, but you can usually find a spot inside if the patio is filled.
The menu at Spencer’s has a nice mix of starters, salads, hot and cold sandwiches, bar fare, six entrees, and three pasta dishes. In the past, my friends and I have enjoyed the Wiener Schnitzel, Meatloaf, and Crab Cakes. (although I did not notice the crab cakes on the menu anymore.) This is not going to be one of those extensive dinner menus, but there is something for everyone.
We started our meal with the fried mozzarella. They are breaded triangles served with a warm marinara sauce and grated parmesan. This was the perfect way to start our meal and we each enjoyed a few of the triangles.
What We Ate:
Jeff decided he wanted to try the Turkey Grinder Wrap on this visit. Spencer’s serves this with hot roast turkey breast, lettuce, tomato & red onion with melted cheese. The wrap is then folded in a grilled herb-seasoned flour tortilla with cranberry mayonnaise. He chose their coleslaw for his side. Jeff really enjoyed the mix of flavors on this warm sandwich and had no trouble finishing it in record time. He also said that the coleslaw was creamy and good.
I opted to try their burger since I will post about the best burgers around town soon. You get to build your own, so I chose to go with American cheese and bacon on mine. The burger comprises 8 ounces of house-formed grilled Angus chuck and short rib. You will get lettuce, tomato, and red onion on the side, and it’s served on a fresh brioche bun. For my side, I chose the french fries.
While the burger had great flavor and was cooked to my liking, the bacon could have been a bit crisper. That is just a personal choice as I prefer my bacon always to be nice and crispy. The french fries were also a disappointment to me. I’m not a fan of fries that have a coating or batter on them, as I feel that when you deep fry them, it really takes away from their essence. To me, fries should be natural cut, crinkle cut, or steak, but without any coating. Seasoning is a different story as that will not take away from the texture of the fry itself.
Oh, and don’t forget about Sunday Brunch with $6 Bloody Mary or Mimosa, which is nice!