Carolina Blue Smokehouse & Taproom
Taps: 12 / Bottles: 50
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 3 | Reviews: 3
Reviews by epk:
4.05/5 rDev -10%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This used to be called simply JG Cook's and was little more than a small town restaurant and bar. The remodel they did really raised the level, completely changing the interior's feel. Definitely a fine place to grab a brew and some good eats.
I'm told one of the two owners/brothers actually worked for InBev prior to taking over this establishment from his father. I'd say the new beer menu reflects the knowledge he gained working for them, offering quite a bit more variety than any other place in the area.
The food was good as well as the bar tenders, who seemed to have at least a bit of interest and knowledge of the microbrews they served. However, the only reason I give it the $$$ - a bit pricey rating is in relation to the surrounding area and it's competition - so don't get too worried. It's a step above above a couple of the other bar/restaurants you might find in the immediate vicinity.
They also do carryout from their connected liquor store, in which I believe they will offer a 10% discount if you had dinned in. It was nice to drink some Chimay at the bar and than before closing grab a large bottle to take home at relatively the same price it might be in a regular liquor store.
12-30-2008 16:09:13 | More by epk
More User Reviews:
4.56/5 rDev +1.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
I've been going here regularly for at least a few years now. It's a nice place inside with hightop tables around the bar and a separate dining area shielded from the bar area. The outside patio is pretty large and the patio bar is covered so no worries if it rains. There's also a fire pit to sit around, which is great on cool nights.
This place used to be a sports bar, then a handful of years ago switched to a beer bar, which I'm thankful for. Carl, the beer manager who makes the draft selections, does a good job rotating 4-6 beers on tap and getting some 12oz, 22oz and 750ml bottles for added selection as well. They still have some standards on tap like Guinness, Hoegaarden and Chimay White as well. If there's not something new to try every week, then at least every other week there's new beers on tap or by the bottle, depending how quickly they sell. The bartenders are pretty well versed on the beers available. Our favourite beertender is Cynthia, who works the patio bar during the Summer and mostly as a server after they close down the outdoor bar.
The food is usually very good. Recently we had grilled zucchini and asparagus with rare Ahi tuna which was delicious. When they participated in Philly Restaurant Week they had a great 4 course selection for every day of the week. The menu has apps, wings, burgers, entrees, carved sandwiches, soups and seafood. A bit more price wise than the bars around the area, but it is higher end quality and probably reasonable compared to other restaurants of that caliber.
If you're near the area you should check this place out.
07-14-2013 04:39:44 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4.9/5 rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$
Caroline blue has an amazing outside brick patio which is great for the summer nights. You can smell the aroma of the foods outside which makes it difficult not to order food if are trying to go there for drinks only. The service is great because the staff is smart, courteous, and efficient. If you want to watch a sporting event they have stratucally placed HD tvs to watch all your favorite games. The beer selection is always changing. That is what makes this place a true beer drinkers haven. Simply put its an amazing place. Let me say this: if Carolina blue and I were in prison together, I would protect Carolina blue in the prison showers.
08-13-2012 18:47:41 | More by estebanbeer
Carolina Blue Smokehouse & Taproom in Pitman, NJ
- out of 100 based on 3 ratings.