If you’re in search of a great new place to dine, look no further than Pbodys on Riverside Drive.
Given the opportunity to taste-test this restaurant during an invitation-only preview on Saturday, my daughter and I took advantage of this golden opportunity to see and taste — and we were not disappointed.
Pbody’s is a mid-range restaurant on the river side of Riverside Drive (1042 South Riverside Drive in Clarksville) with a back deck that overlooks Freedom Point at Liberty Park.
It’s casual, comfortable style is immediately welcoming, as are the staff that greet and serve you.
The menu is a comfortable mix that runs from basic burger to sirloin tips.
We ordered fried mozzarella to share, a wise move. We also had a basket of Pbody chips, crunchy homemade chips dusted with a ranch seasoning. We were restrained with the chip, holding our appetites for the entrees.
Our tasting included a generous serving of tips traditionally served with onions, mushrooms and cheese. My daughter opted out of the mushrooms due to allergy and the staff was immediately responsive to this special need, ensuring that the ‘shrooms were kept far from the cooking of our meal. The tips were mouth-watering tender, served atop rice pilaf. We opted for a side of some of the best mashed potatoes we’ve tasted in a long time. I chose the Hawaiian Chicken, with a flavorful teriyaki sauce and grilled pineapple, again, with rice pilaf, beautifully cooked. The chicken was tender and moist; the pineapple grilled to perfection. Our side of broccoli was more than ample. The tips were priced at $10.99 and the Hawaiian Chicken at 11.99.
I came to the conclusion that one visit Pbody’s for three reasons: beverage and snacks, beverage and entree, or beverage and dessert. Unless you want a large doggie bag for leftovers.
The menu offers an array of steak as well as the tips. And there are the burgers, which include Mushroom Swiss, Jalapeno, and Texas Chili, to name a few. They are all priced from $6.99 to $8.99.
Chicken dishes come in a array of styles from grilled and Cajun to Southwest and BBQ.
The sandwich menu includes a club sandwich, catfish, Philly steak, a BLT and brisket. Tacos include pork, catfish, southwest chicken and rice and chili.
The list of 12 appetizers offers tasty fried pickles, quesadillas and spinach and artichoke dip, to name a few. Soup/salad combinations ale dot the menu.
We didn’t sample the desserts, but note that they include a homemade Chess Pie, something called a “Chocolate Eruption” cake that sounds decadent, and assorted pies and cakes traditional to the south.
The decor is an easy hand of classic framed movie posters such as Jaws, Ghostbusters, John Wayne, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Mixed into this group are patriotic and military themes.
The latter are a tribute to owner Perry Brock III, who is a retired military man. He discovered cooking and planned the restaurant and its menu while he was serving as a cook for Seal teams.
“The recipes represent years of collecting and cooking,” Brock noted. he added that the restaurant opening is the fulfillment of a dream he’d been nurturing for years. He’s finally made that dream come true.
P’body’s is open Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. They are closed on Sunday.