We recently gifted Sawyer The Nephew Bandits tickets along with a “Boys Night Out” voucher for dinner with The Other Nephews (Nate and Christian).
He wanted to go to Bada Bing. Why? The name makes him laugh.
He’s 14. The others are 15 and 11. Would it be OK to take them?
Turns out, yes. And we weren’t the only ones with kids arriving around 5 p.m. (Note: Bada Bing relocated down the street when Delaware North took over the Delaware and Chippewa corner.)
The beautiful downstairs bar area was already full, so the smart hostess promptly took us upstairs to a sleek dining room overlooking Chippewa Street, away from the bar to where other families were dining.
The room is perfect for teenage boys. Televisions are turned to sports and a menu with stuff to make moms cringe.
To start, there are things like a basket of tater tots ($4.99), garlic bread with melted mozzarella ($4.99), four meatballs and garlic bread ($9.99).
Soft drinks abound. Young Christian ordered a pineapple juice. Why not? Who was gonna stop him on this outing?
We started with a basket of sweet potato fries ($4.99) with a side of butter/honey. It was hot, sweet and salty all at the same time. Thumbs up.
Entrees trend up in price, but there are cheap gems, like spaghetti and two meatballs for $9.99 and spaghetti with olive oil and garlic ($8.99). All pasta comes with garlic bread.
Sandwiches start at $9.99, with choices like The Mamma D (eggplant and cheese) The JC (grilled chicken), Chicken in The Grass, The Billy “C” (scrambled eggs, roasted peppers) and The Papa Tony (turkey, ham, salami, pepperoni). Burgers hover around $10.99. Sandwiches and burgers come with sides (coleslaw, French fries, macaroni or potato salad or tomato cucumber salad).
Most salads (chicken Caesar, chicken finger, meatball, Greek, julienne, antipasto) are $9.99.
Three of us went for the iconic “The Bing.” Yes, it’s $12.99, but an unbelievably tender strip steak sandwich topped with a giant stuffed hot pepper and lots of melted provolone. Cooked perfectly medium rare as ordered, it came on a fresh toasted garlic roll with crisp, hot and excellently seasoned fries.
And what goes with pineapple juice? Wings. Ten meaty ($9.99) came with a side of fries. Five fingers with fries is $8.99.
The Sig Other wanted pizza and began to order a small. I quickly told the waitress make it a large (SigO forgets how much boys eat).
The pizza ($16.50 cheese/pepperoni plus $2.15 mushrooms) was fantastic with a crust that wasn’t too thick or thin, and ample toppings. The crust stayed crispy and we loved how the pizza was cut into 16 squares. Perfect for sharing.
Specialty large pies include steak and cheese ($19.99), meatball pizza ($17.75) and Buffalo chicken ($19.99).
The Bandits won and the leftover pizza was a hit at the house later on for the scary movie sleepover. While they may not be ready for prime-time Chippewa, Bada Bing certainly fit the bill for our young boys night out.
Where: 42 W. Chippewa St.
Kitchen hours: Open at 11 a.m. Monday through Saturday, noon on Sunday. Kitchen closes at 1 a.m. (past your bedtime, maybe not the kids). A kids’ menu is available.
Feel old: Kids will know background music; you will not. They will also be closer in age to the staff.
Parking: Handy pay lot across the street was virtually empty at 5 p.m.