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Bouchez fills in food destination at Galleria

Bouchez, located inside the Galleria in Centerville, specializes in pub grub like this chicken philly sandwich with a side of fries.
Bouchez, located inside the Galleria in Centerville, specializes in pub grub like this chicken philly sandwich with a side of fries. Jason Vorhees, The Telegraph

Every mall needs some type of restaurant in its space, don't you think?

Bouchez Sports Bar & Grille has found a home inside the Galleria in Centerville. Although I haven't checked the place out on football Saturdays or after-work hours, it seems staff are working on expanding its entertainment since the place just opened last June.

I'd describe Bouchez as what you'd find inside a typical sports bar and restaurant, complete with lunch or dinner finger foods and appetizers, television screens hovering over its patrons, booths and pub-style chairs and tables.

It's dark inside due to its paint colors, and black furniture greets customers throughout the restaurant.

Go for the super sampler as you're waiting for the fun to begin. To help pass time, see if you're smarter than your friends as you have the option of playing lunchtime trivia (sorry, I didn't win this time).

Not too many places can go wrong with their chicken fingers, but I did like Bouchez's tasty sampling, which you can order as part of an appetizer or basket, complete with fries and pickle chips. There was a nice crunch to the chicken, and it came from the kitchen hot and tasty.

Bouchz offers appetizers including cheese triangles, hand-breaded and seasoned grouper, riblets, potato skins, onion petals, ravioli bites and fried mushrooms. Of course, chicken wings are on the menu, and they start at eight wings for $6.25 and go up to 25 wings for $16.50.

If you're watching your diet, there are a few salad choices that can be tossed with grouper, shrimp or chicken. Sorry, but I can't see myself eating salad at a sports bar. That's just me, though.

The chicken parmesan sandwich I ordered was a juicy, all-white meat deal, with a thin layer of slightly-zesty marinara and melted-over parmesan cheese. All sandwiches come with fries and pickle chips. I'd order it again.

Sandwiches and burgers round out the menu. For the big eater, there's a shrimp po' boy, a reuben that is described as a mountain of corned beef piled high on a Chicago-style marbled rye - the biggest sandwich offered - and something called the Gut Buster, a burger smothered in salsa, jalapenos and pepperjack cheese.

If you're undecided on what to order, I'd recommend one of their basket choices. Most are less than $7.50 including sales tax, except for the grouper, which is $10.75. There are fried shrimp, riblets, wings and chicken fingers for your choices.

There's also pizza, but the oven seems to need fixing, so that option is on hold for the moment, according to our friendly waitress, Serena.

Be on the lookout for karaoke, trivia and other live entertainment if you're looking for something to do after work or on the weekends.

I like the name too, which comes from Adam Sandler's character from "The Waterboy." You gotta love that.

Bouchez Sports Bar & Grille

The Galleria, 2922 Watson Blvd., Centerville

Three and a half stars

Phone: (478) 333-2390

Hours: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday-Saturday, noon-12 a.m. Sunday

Price: $2.75-$11.25

Payment: Cash, credit cards

Children's menu: No

Vegetarian selections: Yes

Wheelchair accessible: Yes

Dress: Casual

Alcohol: Yes

Reservations: No

Smoking: Yes

Latest health code rating: 97

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