Last night, Mr. R. and I had dinner at a legendary little local place called the Brass Ring Pub Sports Bar & Grill in Royal Palm Beach, not to be confused with the Brass Ring Pub in North Palm Beach. Whew, glad we got that sorted out! Actually, they’re a two-location chain, and we’ve also been to the North Palm Beach location. But I digress.
The fact is, we had dinner at Brass Ring last Friday night, too, right before we went to the Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, and Heart show I mentioned last week. But, as good as the food was, we were in such a hurry to get to the concert that we simply inhaled our dinner and left. So this time, we took our time and enjoyed the moment.
Brass Ring is one of those awesome working class bars where construction guys and office folks mingle at the end of a long day. The bar area is separate from the main dining area, but you can order food either place. Mr. R. and I rather prefer the bar area because of its ‘adults only’ vibe. After a long days’ work, the last thing I want is to be subjected to someone else’s progeny expressing themselves exuberantly in public.
While their menu is large, Brass Ring is known for their burgers, which we ordered for the second week in a row. Burgers come with chips, but for an up-charge, you can get fries instead. Having the chance to really appreciate it this time, I can say the burgers are delicious. We also ordered their fresh, made-to-order onion rings as an appetizer and they were the best I’ve tasted in a long time.
From the ‘weird but true’ file, yesterday at work, I opened a new bottle of hand sanitizer from Bath & Body Works. The scent is something beachy, but it smells just like a rum bucket, so guess what I was craving all day? In the bar area of Brass Ring, my craving was fulfilled.
Sitting in the bar booth across from my love, I sipped on my rum bucket and, above the din of the crowd, I heard a song I haven’t heard in years. (You were waiting for me to get to the music, weren’t you?) Jim Croce is best known for classics like Time in a Bottle and Bad, Bad Leroy Brown, but his playlist runs much deeper than that. Tragically killed in a plane crash in 1973 at the age of 30, he left a legacy of terrific songs, some heartfelt and romantic, others playful and cheeky.
It’s the playful and cheeky I’m featuring tonight. Last night at Brass Ring, they played his irreverent Working at the Car Wash Blues. It’s the autobiography of a man who can’t quite understand why he can’t seem to land the position he feels he deserves.
And THAT song reminded of this song, Roller Derby Queen, one of my favorites. It’s a reminder that, when it comes to love, there’s someone for everyone.
Talk about a blast from the past! I hope you’re enjoying this first weekend of October doing what you love, with those you love. Warm fall greetings from the R. house.
Happy Saturday night!