The Mystery Diner starts this week’s review with a little historical vocabulary.
Who’s heard of a “speakeasy?”
The term speakeasy originally referred to the illicit drinking houses that rose to prominence during the Prohibition era of the United States. Alcohol was discreetly sold behind closed doors to a chosen few at locations with no signs and hidden entrances.
This week’s Mystery Diner adventure takes us to an establishment inspired by that roaring 1920s era, Prohibition Junction Sports Bar & Grill at 1031 Station Drive. The restaurant, under new management for a couple years, is located right off of Orchard Road near Route 30 in Oswego.
Decor can really set a fun mood for a restaurant. The Mystery Diner and fellow companions found that to be the case as we ventured out on a cold winter evening.
The cozy establishment’s walls are adorned with pictures of figures from the Prohibition era. Tabletops follow along with the theme, and so does the menu. Entrees are brought out in dishes lined with paper decorated like a 1920s newspaper. For those in the mood to catch a sports event, Prohibition Junction features a bank of TVs behind its bar area inside the dining room.
Prohibition Junction’s extensive drink selections keep that spirit. There are fun cocktails like the Prohibition Berry and Banana Popsicle, specialty drinks like the Moscow mule and Black Fedora and a large selection of martinis.
Our party arrived hungry, though, and Prohibition Junction more than sated our appetites.
While munching on some fresh popped popcorn from the popcorn machine, we first perused the large selection of appetizer options, which include traditional bar fare like chips and mozzarella sticks. Prohibition Junction’s wings are available regular, naked or hand-battered, lathered in any one of five sauces. We went with regular BBQ, which we happily found to be sweet-tasting and tangy.
The Mystery Diner’s companion also opted to try the stuffed mushrooms. The dish is a meal in itself, stuffed with borso cheese and fried until golden brown.
Moving on the main course, Prohibition Junction’s menu features a large selection of “gourmet bootleg burgers,” sandwiches, wraps and dinners ranging from prohibition tacos to coconut shrimp and chicken Parmesan.
My companion went with the “incognito chicken sandwich.” The sandwich is served grilled with sauteed garlic, buttered spinach and Parmesan cheese with pesto. Pesto is a personal favorite of the Mystery Diner’s companion, and her taste buds weren’t disappointed.
The Mystery Diner opted for the “prohibition bacon burger.” Prohibition Junction touts all its burgers as a special blend done locally; this particular burger was hand-packed and mixed with crumbled bacon. The sandwich is filled with plenty of meaty goodness that the Mystery Diner devoured.
We were both full, but our pleasant waitress had a dessert offer we simply could not refuse.
This was not the Mystery Diner’s first rodeo with this fried, gooey deliciousness, and we were happily delighted once again. We didn’t leave a crumb.
For those in the mood for a trip down memory lane to the bygone era of the roaring 1920s, and a good meal, Prohibition Junction is recommended.
• The Mystery Diner is a newsroom employee at the Record Newspapers. The diner’s identity is not revealed to the restaurant staff before or during the meal. The Mystery Diner visits a different restaurant and then reports on the experience. If the Mystery Diner cannot recommend the establishment, we will not publish a review.
If you go
What: Prohibition Junction Sports Bar & Grill
Where: 1031 Station Drive, Oswego
Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday