The atmosphere was ESPN sports talk and neon beer signs at midday last week as I ventured into Liquid Zoo, Lake Highlands’ newest sports grill. Amber behind the stonework bar recommended the plate lunch special: chicken-fried steak with cream gravy, mashed potatoes and green beans, and it was out in a flash ($8.75 including my Coke, which Amber kept filled to the brim). From the menu, I could have chosen the fried okra, fried squash, fried pickles, fried green beans or fried bologna (sensing a pattern here?). Amber told me the potato skins and chicken wings were their best sellers, and she suggested I return on Tuesday for the beef tips over rice special.

On Sundays, they offer a breakfast buffet to gather your strength for a full day of football watching on the big screens (how ‘bout them Cowboys?!). If you’re looking for something more participatory, pick up a pool cue or step up to one of their video games. They even have Karaoke on Friday and Saturday nights.

Liquid Zoo is located at Skillman and Abrams next to Sigel’s Liquors in a space which has had a couple of incarnations since the popular Atlanta Bread Co. opened (and closed) there. I’m glad I gave it a try, but the truth is I’m more of an Atlanta-Bread-Co-kinda-girl. Liquid Zoo would be a fun place to go with a group to watch a big game, but I’m not thinking it’s for the “ladies who lunch” crowd. But if you’d like to watch ESPN on your lunch break, Amber will fix you right up.