Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions
Taps: 23 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by DRBiser:
4.39/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Had dinner last night with a good friend who just moved back to Baltimore -- sat at the bar and was extremely pleased with the entire experience. This is a top-notch establishment and a solid addition to the Baltimore restaurant scene as well as the beer scene. If you like Jack’s Bistro, this place is for you. And obviously if you like any Stillwater products, this place is also for you. The vibe on Thursday at 7pm was nice with a mix of locals, beer geeks, and a bit of the smartly-dressed happy hour crowd. They have a few longer tables that either can be shared or can serve larger parties. Last night they had both going on.
Staff: Can’t get much better. Even dining at the buzzing bar, service was class and professional. Many familiar faces from Jack’s which I enjoyed. All staff very knowledgeable about all products, not surprisingly. All members of bar-staff eager to chat about Brian’s recent endeavors as well as any questions about the menu. To the points made by the previous reviewer, Ryan and Leigh are indeed pleasant to chat with and knowledgeable. I don’t have the Maine connection, but what a great duo to run an establishment. Good people they are.
Food: pig ears - crunchy, light, delicious. Don’t be intimidated! Really good. shrimp and corn fritters – wow. Then we each got burgers and were very pleased. All burgers on croissants. Not sure if this is the right medium for croissants given the juicy burgers, but man they are still tasty.
Beer selection/pricing: After all, this is why many of us venture to this establishment...there was a fantastic selection of Stillwater beers and the choices of brewers to compliment the Stillwater draughts were excellent (can always see what’s on tap online). Bottle selection was heavy on Evil Twin (understandably so given the excellent relationship between the brewers), so just being hyper-critical I would say a touch more diversity would be nice? But that’s being picky! Stillwater beers are not cheap and without a doubt that's the main reason I don’t drink them more regularly, so $7-8/pour is expected...but perhaps too much. However, they offer half-pours for all draughts which is great.
I live in Fells Point so if I was going out solely to ‘taste’, naturally the spot for me is Max’s. However, I will gladly make the easy trip anytime they have something new/interesting on tap, for dates, with friends, etc. Highly recommend and I will be back.
EDIT: Brian and Ted have parted ways. I respect each of these guys separately and loved the duality of creative forces, but this is still a bit of a loss
06-15-2012 14:38:30 | More by DRBiser
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4.74/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
I'm not really sure why, but for some reason i kept thinking i wasn't going to like this place that much. After finally checking it out last night, i can't think of too many reasons not to like it.
The place has a nice rustic look to it, exposed brick, wooden bar, a few framed Stillwater labels gracing the walls. It has a tidy look, and everything from the bathrooms to the bar were spotless The place is small, and when we first got there around 7 pm (on a Friday) it wasn't too crowded, but that quickly changed. Still, even though it was pretty filled when we left, it never felt over-crowded.
It has about 23 drafts (i think), about 10 of them Stillwater. All the selections were high quality; imported craft, Belgians, ciders, lambics, wine and 1 iced coffee. There is a bottle shop on the second level, and you can take your drinks and peruse the shop, which is nice. There is another small bar up there too, i think they call it the "lounge", and has another 5 or so draft lines with additional selections. The selection of the shop is small, but just like the draft selections, is all well thought out and high quality. Beside all the Stillwater selections, some Evil Twin, The Bruery, etc, Belgians, Italians, lambics, ciders, and meads. There is wine and spirits too, but i didn't waste my time looking at that. The bottle prices as expected from a bar are marked up, but i didn't think it was too outragous. Example, Tart of Darkness, $25. They actually had all the Fifty Fifty Eclipse variants for $28, which is even less than i've seen at any store. Of course, that was reason enough for me to buy one.
The service was top notch. Everyone was friendly, helpful, and knowledgable and seemed passionate about what they were selling, whether that was beer, food, cider, etc. It never seemed like it was a bother when we asked questions about things, and they would take a few minutes to thoroughly explain things.
The food was very good. We had the duck mac and cheese to start, and i had the fish and chips, and my wife had the burger. Everything was super tastey.
The place is a bit expensive, but everything is super quality. Because of that, it's not the kind of place i would be able to come to on a regular basis, but i would definitely come back once in a while; the overall experience was awesome. My wife also commented that she enjoyed it and would like to come back again. So we will probably be back some time in the future when we have another night out without the kids. i would recommend this place,as long as you not looking for a cheap night out.
05-25-2013 14:37:08 | More by AngusOg
4.74/5 rDev +11.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by Love and Regret for the first time and absolutely enjoyed my experience. If you like Belgium beer, and especially saisons, this is the place! Great selection of Stillwater beers and some other higher-end products (Embrasse oaked). The atmosphere is relaxed with exposed bricks and is very airy. Quality of beer is absolutely top-notch and the food was well-made (I had a veggie burger and my friend a perfectly made hamburger). A little bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Service was stellar from Ryan and the gang -- they really took care of me and were very attentive.
03-20-2013 17:25:23 | More by wisrarebeer
4.65/5 rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Sights on SAVOR, and looking for lunch en route. Thinkin’ maybe the new Strumke place. So easy on/easy off the highway, it ought to be an I-95 rest area. Like, right there, located just across the street from the Natty Bo building; you can see the one eyed Pringles guy logo as you come rolling up...
On a street corner not far from where I hope my car still is; enter off the side, let your eyes adjust and step down. Plopped in at the bar and looking up, thought “Thems is the people from the Lion’s Pride” (headline read ‘Ryan & Leigh escape from Maine’). I am pretty goddamn happy for them. They ran a great show up there, so I fig’ we’re off to a good start.
Long corner space, with marbled tile floorings, brick inner walls, grayish painted outer walls, drop silver pressed tin looking ceiling tiles with sunken spots, spinny fans in a row, black ducts, drop mason jar bulb lightings and a few bulbed lanterns.
A rounded “L” bar across the far wall; pieced slat wood topped, newly varnished, having held only 9 days of elbows on it, with a wide lip, grain bags looking base and a foot box. Seating for 20 on narrow wood stools. Barback is a counter like the bar; 23 taps; a row of non-descript wood handles on a jagged wide wood beam base to the left, with a blackboard on hinged door piece above. Slight booze tiered to the right, and Gin & Rummings jarred, with a large ornate glass piece mounted above. Apparently, it was the headboard from Lord Baltimore’s bed and some of the panels got a-broke from him getting, you know, busy (a crazy lie, piggybacked). And a single shelf with 7 house bottles in between. Glassware of all sizes & shapes shelved below the length of the bar. Flatscreens on both ends, and a framed wood Stillwater logo piece under chicken wire down past the bar.
Small fitted log & wood hostess stand, and behind it, just shy of a dozen shorty tables, some pushed together for larger parties. A blackboard wall listing tap selections sits above, and the kitchen behind there to the rear. At the other end of the room, 8 shorty small tables to a nook, and adjacent to the bar, a pair of ancient wood bench hightop tables; one vertical and the other loooong horizontal seating 15. Framed vertical windowings inlayed; their sills with plants & pieces, jarred candles and the like.
Hey, corner staircase. I went upstairs to the 2nd floor. It’s a somewhat loungey open room with a marble topped bar of a shape I could not easily ascertain. Barrels & benchings up front. a few tables like the ones downstairs, a large logo Stillwater piece, and a fireplace, too. Cool clusterings of drop jar lamps in the center of the room, I like. And then, even though it was closed off, I went up to the 3rd floor (‘cause I do that kind of shit). It was all shady bagged up with another bar and painted sky inlayed pieces. Under construction, but a vision, yes (at the time of my notes, they’d only been open for 9 days so I’m sure this space was of low priority just then).
So, 23 taps, nearly half of them are either Stillwater proper (Cellar Door, Stateside Saison, Existent, Premium, Beer Table - Table Beer, Kopstootje, As Follows), or collabs (Our Side w/Mikkeller, Channel Crossing V5 w/Oliver’s, Holland Oats w/Emelisse, Debutante w/Brewer’s Art). The remainder is a mix of craft (Brewer’s Art Sublimation, Dog Brewing Wild Cherry Porter, Firestone Walker Union Jack), imports (Evil Twin Epilogue & Freudian Slip, The Perfect Crime American Blonde & European Blonde, Aecht Schlenkerla Festbier, Hopfenstark Loulou Porter), a pair of wines (Gotham Project Cote Du Rhone & Pinot Grigio), and the house Stillwater Cold Brewed Iced Coffee. I drank the Stillwater Cellar Door, Debutante, & Beer Table - Table Beer, all were excellent, especially that last one I was happy to see on tap.
And a bottled list broken out by somethings; smooth & dark, light & fresh, sweet & sour, 2 dozen or so in all. 2/3 of them are collectively the Stillwater bottle collection and Evil Twin offerings, and the remainder are imports (Orval, Rochefort 8 & 10, Hanssens Oude Kriek, Lindemans Cuvee Rene, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru, LoverBeer BeerBera, Birrificio Del Ducato Chimera).
In the lunching hour, we peruse the menu (soup, salads, apps, burgers, & sandwiches). We both started with the tomato soup with pulled pork. It did not suck. Saw some good looking burgerings, but opted for the crab cake club, as did Ed, ‘cause I did, and he wants to me when he grows up. It was awesome, just perfect, served with phat phries.
I felt the place to be what I have to come to know as reasonably priced. Most drafts fall in the $7-$8 range, and bottlewise, (lovely) Orval goes for a big $9, and the beers to carry out run on average $3 less in general. I scapped a few Beer Table - Table Beers bottles to go, Orval petite she be. Enthusiastic folks who know what they’re doing. Cool house, with low key tunes. Good crowd, beer is excellent, food is absolutely yes. I like.
10-23-2012 05:16:48 | More by slander
4.55/5 rDev +6.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Had the chance to finally make it to OLAR this past Friday evening with my wife, and we were very happy with what we found.
The building itself is located in the shadow of the old Natty Boh plant in a very nondescript corner building with just a small sign outside to announce it's presence. Street parking is your only option, but I was able to secure a spot without hassle.
The inside is much cozier and inviting than the outside building we were happy to learn. A long bar dominates the room with exposed brick walls beckoning us. The hostess was pleasant and promptly led us to a table. Besides the bar there is a large community table as well as some 4 tops and 2 tops but all in all this is not a large pub. I would guess that it tops out at about 60-75 people that would be able to be seated at max capacity. The community table and others are built out of "reclaimed" wood that lends to the upscale rustic feel.
The service from the start was extremely strong. I found the waiter to be very knowledgeable in both beer and food, and glancing at the bar the bartenders seemed engaged with the crowd and helpful.
There were approximately 24 beers on tap with 9 coming from Stillwater and 1 being a cold pressed coffee. The others were from good importers like Evil Twin and Emelisse. There was also a strong beer list available by the bottle. The one thing that stood out immediately though were the prices. The cheapest beer available was $7 for a 12oz pour. Some beers were $9 for 10oz so you quickly realize that the tab will add up fast. Since this was a night out for the wife and I, I was ready to drop some dough, but just be aware that you aren't coming here for $3 pints at happy hour. I started the night with a Stillwater Debutante but moved on to a Evil Twin "What's Drinking Gilbert Grape", and Emelisse Triple IPA.
The food was extremely strong with this place definitely trying to attain a higher end gastropub type vibe rather than your standard wings and nachos. For example we had a duck butter appetizer with house pickeled vegetables and shrimp corn fritters in a great lime dipping sauce, followed by one of the better burgers I've had in town with brie, brandy poached pear, and bacon. All the burgers are served on a really great croissant. My wife had a burger as well that she loved. We split a dessert that was a french toast inspired bread pudding that hit the spot. Overall we really enjoyed the food and had a hard time choosing what we wanted.
The place remained packed throughout the evening (we were there from 6:30-9pm) so I'm hopeful that it will succeed for the long haul.
Overall, I felt this place was a welcome addition to the Baltimore pub scene. I'm a fan of Stillwater beers and good food and this place supplies both. The only thing that would keep me from being a regular are the prices. Everything seems just a $1 or $2 too high, but all that aside I definitely plan to return.
07-08-2012 20:47:43 | More by smokeypeat
Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions in Baltimore, MD
93 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.