Wednesday, 25 May 2011 12:37
Traveling through Archer Road? Take a pit stop at Cody’s Original Roadhouse. The bar and grill’s festive road sign décor and hearty menu are reminiscent of an old truck stop on Route 66.
Throw peanut shells on the floor and fill your grumbling stomach with hand-cut steaks, bottomless salads and the best sweet yeast rolls south of Georgia. Cody’s daily specials are easy on your wallet and its “just plain good food” motto will have you coming back for more.
By Victoria Phillips; photo by Jacob Romoser
Transport back in time with Cody’s old-fashioned décor. Wooden touches and porch awnings welcome customers to a casual, family friendly dining room. A string of colorful Christmas lights adorns the bar. Other touches include gas nozzle door handles and large paneled garage door windows. “We like to feel like a neighborhood restaurant,” says Travis McHenry, Cody’s general manager.
“JUST PLAIN GOOD FOOD”
Eat your heart out when you order Cody’s 24-oz. prime rib with the bone ($20), a slab of meat that takes up the entire plate. Tender and juicy, the hand-cut roast is seasoned and seared to order with au jus and horseradish sauce on the side. If you want meat that falls right off the bone, the 2-lb. rack of baby back ribs ($14-18) is perfect. Dry-rubbed, sauced and slow-cooked, layer upon layer of flavor is carmelized while the ribs heat up on the chargrill.
Cody’s desserts are larger life than. Chocolate lovers rejoice with Cody’s Chocolatehouse Slide ($7), a jumbo fish bowl loaded with layers of warm, gooey goodness. Send yourself into sugar overload with the dish’s chocolate fudge brownie, vanilla and chocolate fudge ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream and chopped nuts adorned with a cherry. Not a chocolate fan? Oogle the Carrot Cake, New York Style Cheesecake and Cody’s Florida Key Lime Pie in the glass display case at the front of the restaurant.
SPECIALS YOU CAN’T RESIST
PHONE NUMBER: 352-548-4700
ADDRESS: 3100 SW Archer Rd.
WEB SITE: codysoriginalroadhouse.com
HOURS: 11 a.m. - 10:30 p.m. Mon - Thur; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. Fri & Sat; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. on Sunday.
SERVER PICK: Travis enjoys all of the restaurant’s steak but his favorite is the 24-oz.
Prime Rib ($20). “When you cut steaks in-house, you get a better quality product.”
PRICE RANGE: $$-$$$ (out of $$$$)
DRESS CODE: Casual
DELIVERY: Takeout orders welcome.
Early birds luck out Monday through Saturday from 3:30 to 6pm with discounted dishes. Stop by any day of the week from 3:30 to 7pm to enjoy 2-for-1 Happy Hour on anything except bottled beer—including top shelf liquor. Bring your appetite on Wednesdays for Buy-1-Get-1-Free Fajitas ($11), and Thursdays when Cody slashes the price on its 10-oz. top sirloin steak ($12). If that’s not enough, kids eat free on Monday and Tuesday. Not famished when you come into the restaurant? That’s okay; Cody’s has a menu of mini entrees available only at the bar. Snack on a pulled pork sandwich for $4, or chicken breast on a bun with barbeque sauce for the same price. “It’s not your typical fried food fare,” Travis says. Get yours with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and French fried potatoes when you order the Quarter Lb. Burger ($3).