If you've spent any time in the last few decades living in Siouxland or within an earshot of Sioux City television and radio, there's a good chance you've heard the catchy "Where Good Times Gather" jingle that belongs to local sports bar Bob Roe's Point After, a true Sioux City and Siouxland staple.
Iowa Adventurer, despite growing up in Northwest Iowa and hearing numerous ads on KTIV, KMEG, KCAU, KG-95, and Z-98 over the years, had never stepped foot in the door. That finally changed in 2020 when I dined there for the very first time.
Bob Roe is a longtime Sioux City businessman who is a recognizable figure to many in the community. The family operation now includes three different restaurants, though the Point After location on Transit Avenue in Sioux City may well be considered the flagship.
It's on the more southern end of Sioux City, not far from Lewis Blvd (Highway 75) and I-29. There's ample parking to be found.
Of course, my visit was in the midst of a global pandemic and therefore it's impossible to get the "normal" experience. Everything is expected to be a little less crowded. That said, you immediately discover why this is a great place to grab a cold one, enjoy a pizza or some wings, and watch your favorite team on the television. There are booths and tables everywhere and lots of televisions on the walls are lit up with whatever sports is in season.
You could spend a lot of time, quite honestly, just enjoying all of the sports memorabilia that fills nearly every square inch of wall space.
My friend and I sat at a table, but there is also seats available at a large bar.
We split a pizza and this was the cheeseburger, one of the specialties. This was a tasty crust piled high with sauce, hamburger, cheese, onions, and pickles. Simply outstanding.
My friend ordered an appetizer of the deep fried green beans. Yes, that's right, green beans.
She found them to be very tasty. As you can see from their menu, posted online, that they have a diverse offering of tasty options. I know many people rave about their chicken wings and pizza.
It was closed off, presumably because of COVID reasons, but there is a section of the restaurant that has a lot of different arcade type games. When I visited, it was essentially being used as storage for tables and chairs.
You know a place is well respected and well liked when you see that many of their employees have been working there for many years. That, to me, says volumes about the place.
Sometime, I'll have to check out their other two locations. However, I can see where Point After has made a lot of fans over the years. It's a casual spot with above average food and plenty of space to meet up with any and all of your friends. Without a doubt, a lot of good times have gathered here over and will continue to do so for many years to come.
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