1. The new location on Eastern Avenue off the 215 Beltway occupies a building that’s housed many a failed restaurant. A sports bar with scantily clad women seems like it might have the best chance to succeed.
2. Visiting during the NCAA tournament proved a good idea, as rows of screens had every game on and each was easy to see. Over the bar sits rows of huge screens, and below those are more rows of just barely smaller TVs.
3. The food is better than at competitor Hooters, but it’s still just bar food. Green chile meatloaf ($15.95) has a nice kick, but unfortunately it’s drowned out by way-too-buttery mushroom gravy. The smokehouse burger ($13.95) features two 4-ounce patties piled high with crispy bacon, mushrooms, cheddar cheese, barbecue sauce and pickles among the usual suspect toppings.
4. The most successful of the three sides I tried (mac 'n’ cheese, fire fries and sautéed broccoli, all $2.95) were the fire fries, which have a solid spice blend dusting the potatoes. But 70 cents for a “man-sized” cup of ranch dressing that’s just another little condiment cup? Not a good look. If I'd requested mustard they might have asked for collateral.
5. Waitresses are dressed like sexy lumberjacks in tight khaki shorts and tighter black-and-red cut-off flannel shirts. As a straight male, I enjoyed the advertised “scenic views,” but as a Broadway fan, seeing that many people wearing the same costume and no musical number felt like a missed opportunity.
Twin Peaks 9510 S. Eastern Ave., 564-1280. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-midnight; Friday & Saturday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.