The Main Ingredient Ale House & Café
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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 20
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 5 | Reviews: 5
4.5/5 rDev +9.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
I am fortunate enough to work at a school right up the street from TMI. It has become a wonderful place to stop off at the end of a long day in the classroom. The atmosphere is cool with a converted house and there a constant stream of old school hip hop playing.
The selection of beers is nice with 8 taps and a host of bottles. They have had Gordon on tap every time I have gone. They also have a couple rotating taps which have brought in some interesting season items.
The service is great and they really get to know you and your drink preferences quickly.
The food has always been good. RBC with horseradish mayo is great. Also if you want a desert get the cash money to split, you won't be disappointed.
Price is great for drinks. 11-6 Monday-Saturday is happy hour prices on beers $2.50 a pint. You can drink a lot of Gordon at that price. Also this price is good all day Monday.
This has become one of my favor local places.
03-11-2011 17:39:42 | More by estorca
4.18/5 rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Main Ingredient is surprisingly convenient off the I-10, though parking and space inside this old house can be difficult during prime hours. Hip restaurant atmosphere with a mini-sized bar area also features hip hop music, which I despise, but since it's part of their stated theme I won't fault them for it (I knew what I was getting into).
Service was exceptionally polite and prompt, and my beer was never empty. They had both local and regional offerings and prices were within normal range for downtown. Vegetarian chili and fancy macaroni/cheese were quite tasty and I'd surely order those again.
I like that this is an overall balanced place and people seem to see it as many things at once - bar, restaurant, cool spot for younger folks. For grumpy people like me it's only a daytime stop, and on a weekend when there's no sports fans near the place.
02-24-2011 23:45:36 | More by yemenmocha
3.75/5 rDev -8.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4 | $$
A decent gastropub with a small, slightly above average selection of drafts and bottles.
Located in a older house just northeast of downtown Phoenix. Plenty of outdoor seating where you'll have to contend with the smokers if there are any. The inside is small and dark, as the house was probably in the 1500 - 2000 sq. ft. size. The service was good, with the waitperson knowledgeable about the beer selection. The food was also good, leaning toward the lighter fare (salads, sandwiches, cheese plates, etc.). The beer selection was slightly disappointing, with only 8 taps. Of those taps, about half were locals. Given the paucity of decent beer establishments in that part of the city, probably worth a return visit.
02-17-2011 12:37:01 | More by LittleDon
3.88/5 rDev -5.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
i like the atmosphere here. on the inside it looks like a converted house (which it may be), and they have a nice sized patio with fire pits.
the quality is good. i have ordered gordon there a few times, and it has always seemed fresh. they dont have a lot of taps, but the taps they have are pretty good. it seems like gordon is always on tap.
the service has always been quick. i sat at the bar once and the bartender seemed like she was pretty knowledgeable about the tap offering.
not the biggest selection but a good selection. they have some bottles as well, but nothing special.
i really like the food. i get the cash money sandwich, house- made cashew butter, red pepper-Cabernet jelly, & banana, on sourdough. it is a great sandwich. i like the menu here, it is different than most places.
the prices are good. especially on mondays. they have all day happy hour. you can get a pint of gordon for around $3.
01-30-2011 19:06:25 | More by ottovon
4.22/5 rDev +2.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
A huge disclaimer that I came on a Monday afternoon for a late lunch. There were a smattering of people indoors and two tables outside including myself and the wife.
My suspicion is that it matters, given its location - lots of cool places near downtown get overrun with hipsters and White People as the evening gives way to night. My age and general racial characteristics allow me to blend in seamlessly, but hipsters can really drag down the ambience. As it were, the indoor seating seems sufficient, only a few spots at the bar but a good amount of tables. Several on the patio as well, some covered, some not. Nice set-up overall, and the daytime atmosphere is very pleasant.
There were eight taps the day I was there, with three from Four Peaks, one in Sedona, Odell Red, Stone R.I.S. (!), Avery's witbier, and Gordon from Oskar Blues. Eclectic to say the least. I consider half of those to be high-quality beers, and none of them to be crap. That's good but not excellent. Choices are obviously not huge, given the few lines, but I do love how they are mixed (no double-dipped styles). In honor of these mitigating factors, I have raised Selection up to 4.0.
Once again, a daytime trip during the weekday should have excellent service, and it was excellent. Our waitress took a cue from our relaxed attitude and left us alone, but came by at reasonable intervals to get additional beers and move to the next course. She did a great job, and the food she was serving didn't hurt. We're vegetarian, and while the choices were predictably thin, what we got was very good, and for reasonable prices. We loved the citrus-marinated olives and the goat salad, and the veggie sandwich was quite good as well.
When I heard the name of the place was The Main Ingredient, I initially thought of the Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth album of the same name. The playlist today was hardly definitive proof, but my neck was definitely snapping for the first half hour we were there; all Golden Age hip-hop (Lord Finesse!), with some smooth R&B interludes. Pretty awesome regardless of whether it inspired the name or not.
The Roosevelt is a cool, downtown area bar with solid food. The Main Ingredient is a cool, downtown area bar with solid food. Both are more than worthy of your dollars whether you are local or just visiting. Hopefully the atmosphere at night is similarly chill at T.M.I.
04-27-2010 04:24:27 | More by BretSikkink
The Main Ingredient Ale House & Café in Phoenix, AZ
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