Taps: 25 / Bottles: 800
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
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Reviews by woodychandler:
4.72/5 rDev +6.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $
Transcribed from notes dated 15 Mai 2010.
This place is located a mere couple of blocks from Iron Hill (Media) and had a long windowfront that ran east/west along Baltimore Pike with the entry on the west end. Entering, a snaking Formica-topped counter ran in front of the bar with two banks of eight taps each mounted into it. Booth seating ran along the windows with more booth seating to the extreme right, followed by the lavs. To the left and aft of the bar was the extensive and busy kitchen. Speaking of busy, the whole place reminded me of an assembly line with people continually entering and exiting the servers' area.
The ambiance was definitely family-oriented with the kiddies in abundance on a late-Saturday afternoon. When I remarked on this phenomenon, I was told that it was a Saturday evening/night tradition dating back to 1955. Zounds! Nothing like tradition.
Food: I am not a vegetarian but many times I will eschew meat in favor of a well-made veggie dish. I have a soft spot for Eggplant Parmigiana and when I saw it on the menu, I knew that was what I wanted to eat. They baked it to perfection and I ate every scrap to the point that I was asked if I were still hungry.
Beer: The tap selection was really stunning with Bell's; Dark Horse; Clipper City; Dock Street and Duvel all pouring, among others. That does not take into account the take-out cooler section in the back, which was jaw-dropping.
Final thoughts: I have not been back since that initial visit, but I get their e-mail updates as well as bulk mailings and I have them on the radar for a return at the end of December 2010/beginning of January 2011. I am looking forward to it!
11-27-2010 20:12:21 | More by woodychandler
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