Originally Published: December 26, 2014 6 a.m.
Sports bar food isn't what it used to be ... and that's a good thing.
The wing revolution is in full effect, but most sports bars don't stop there.
Take Final Score, an unpretentious joint - too clean and bright to be a "dive," but in that spirit - under the power lines on Commerce Drive, right around the corner from the Heritage Park Zoo.
Here, older locals and occasional tourists mix with students from nearby Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
If you want to hunker down and watch football, this is as good a place as any, with 20 TV screens showing any and all NFL games.
And some people will tell you this is the spot for the best burger in Prescott.
Indeed, boasts the menu, "Our burgers are one-half-pound Angus Beef."
You also can substitute a veggie patty for one of the seven burger selections, including:
Scrappy: green chile, bacon and pepper jack cheese ($8.25);
Western: barbecue sauce, bacon, Texas toothpicks (jalapeno/onion strips), American cheese ($8.25);
M.S.B: mushrooms, Swiss cheese, bacon ($8.25);
Melt: Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing, grilled onions on sourdough bread ($8.25); and,
Chili Size: burger smothered in chili, onions and shredded cheese ($8.50).
A cheeseburger (American, Swiss or pepper jack) is $7.75. And if you want just a burger, nothing added: $7.25.
In addition to the standard B.L.T. ($7) and grilled cheese ($5.50), there are some inventive sandwiches.
A big seller is the Buffalo sandwich, chicken tenders dipped in wing sauce
with melted pepper jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles on a toasted bun ($7). The Final Score also serves a barbecued pork sandwich ($7).
The prices for burgers, sandwiches and wraps include choice of French fries, chips, coleslaw or cottage cheese.
And yes, Virginia, there are wings, regular or boneless, with choice of sauce: Barbecue, Thai, hot buffalo, extra hot buffalo. A full order costs $7.75, half order for $4.25.
The pizza here also is really good, with cheese piled high on thick crust. Two slices go for $4 while a 16-inch cheese costs $13.
All of the above selections aren't going to rate very highly on the health-o-meter. Yet, for those trying to keep it lean and healthy, this place scores again, with chicken breast ($8.50) and chicken tender ($8) salads, as well as a straight-up garden salad $5.75.
The Final Score's little kitchen, tucked away in a corner next to the bar, has been scoring big reviews.
On yelp.com, a visitor from Glendale raved: "Basic sports bar but the food and the fast friendly service rate it five stars."
Indeed, thanks to the food, out of six Yelp reviews, three were for the maximum five stars - and the other three gave four stars.
While the food is quite good, this is, after all, a watering hole - and great prices there, too.
Small pitchers of domestic (PBR, Bud, Coors Light) are only $4; if you want Killian's Red or Blue Moon, that's a $4.50 pitcher.