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Indigo Joe's Sports Pub

By Anna Ferguson

Staff Writer

anna.ferguson@gwinnettdailypost.com

Open since: December 2006

Location: Indigo Joe's is located adjacent to Suwanee Town Center Park, on Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road.

Owners: Mark Linkowski

Hours: The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, it's open from 11 a.m. to close, with the kitchen closing at midnight and the bar shutting down based on the crowd size.

Atmosphere: Indigo Joe's is a tried-and-true sports pub. A huge entertainment center is planted in the middle of the dining room, exhibiting 11 flat-screen TVs, each playing a different sports channel. Framed sports memorabilia lines the walls, along with an array of football helmets, college sports banners and images of famed athletes and coaches.

Families gather at booths and high-top tables, and a children's game room is tucked away in a back corner to keep kids occupied as parents keep an eye on the game. Adults who need time away have their own play room of sorts - a spacious bar room located near the dining area.

"We are two things. We are family, and we are sports," said Melvin Jackson, the restaurant's kitchen manager. "We definitely have something for everyone, especially during football season. That's when we have our prime crowd."

The menu: The restaurant's menu is a far cry from the standard sports bar's greasy grub. An expansive menu offers a wide selection of waist-friendly fare, including a fresh fruit and cheese plate, fresh vegetable starter and a large selection of robust salads "for the ladies," Jackson said. The Mexican chicken and the California cobb are top salad picks.

Jackson's favorite menu item, though, is the rack of baby back ribs, with the Friday night fish special as a close runner-up. Just as popular are a selection of chicken sandwiches, such as the chicken club, and a long list of hearty sandwiches, like the beef dip and the guacamole club.

Burgers are a pub menu mainstay, and Indigo Joe's offers both classic and innovative char-grilled varieties. The menu goes from the simple Regular Joe burger to a spicy Ortega burger. Other pub classics include the cheese-and-bacon-covered Fab Fries and Buffalo-style chicken wings.

To mix up the mostly American menu, tropical items are included, such as the Island fish tacos - breaded cod served with tropical coleslaw and Island sauce. Customers also like the grilled swordfish with Cajun or blackened spices.

"This menu is huge. I'm willing to bet we have anything you could want," Jackson said.

Beverages: The bar offers 24 types of beer, as well as a long list of martinis and drink specialties.

Dessert: The triple fudge brownie, fried cheesecake and Key lime pie are top picks.

Things you might not know: There are a total of 42 flat-screen TVs mounted on the restaurant's walls. Apart from television, Indigo Joe's offers scheduled entertainment throughout the week, with poker tournaments on Monday nights, trivia on Thursdays and live music on the weekends.

Indigo Joe's has two other locations in Georgia, one in Cumming and one in Augusta.

SideBar: On The Menu

Slap Shot starter: a platter of onions rings, fried zucchini and chicken strips served with Sante Fe sauce and ranch dressing ($8.99).

Teriyaki burger: a black Angus burger with teriyaki sauce, pineapple, mayo, Swiss cheese, tomato and lettuce, served on a Kaiser bun with fries or coleslaw ($7.75).

BBQ Baby Back ribs: served with sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce ($17.99).

Char-grilled Hawaiian chicken: a boneless, skinless chicken breast glazed with teriyaki sauce and topped with pineapple slices ($10.95).