Resurrection Ale House

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

2425 Grays Ferry Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19146-2450
United States

(215) 735-2202

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Added by Resurrection on 09-08-2009

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Photo of pwoody11
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of benoniboy
2.75/5  rDev -36.2%

It's the first beer bar I have ever been to that will not give you a small taste of a brew to try before you buy. They will only sell you a 4 ounce pour. If after the first sip you don't like it - well that's just tough. They've got your money. The bartender claimed "it's policy".

I just checked my own "policy" to remind myself never to go there again. Thank heavens the great beer city of Philadelphia has enough wonderful beer destinations that take their clientele a little more seriously.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.06/5  rDev -5.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Resurrection is one of those beer places I’ve had on my Philly bucket list for quite a while. Now that I live here, I wasted no time and went there ASAP. On a Sunday morning at high noon, the place was surprisingly quiet. I thought it’d be rather jammed with folks doing brunch and all of that.

Small corner bar with a funky configuration, two levels, a bar, bunch of tables… the tap list is obscure and interesting: Oxbon, Trois Dame Grande Dame, Dead Man’s Hand Imp Stout, Pays d’Auge Cidre, Dogfish Red+White, Stillwater, Brewer’s Art… 12 taps total.

The bottle selection is small but enticing, with 15-dollar bottles of World Wide Stout and vintage J.W. Lee’s Harvest among other goodies.

I absolutely loved my “brandade benedict”, a genius creation of pan-fried brandade cake with a poached egg on top. Pricey at 13 dollars for one single jawn, but damn delicious.

Service is friendly and knowledgeable, ambience is good alright (despite the screaming babies and preppy-white parents from overtly-gentrified Graduate Hospital) and the only downside is how expensive the whole thing came out to be: sixty dollars after tax and tip for three drinks and two food items. More New York than Phila, yo!

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Photo of macesq
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of razorsdescent
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Gatordaddy
3.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of InspectorBob
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of 86sportster883
4.73/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5

My first stop during Philly Beer Week. On cask Elysian Brewer's Reserve IPA (7% abv); DFH 75 minute IPA (7.5%); Slyfox Pale Ale (5%). Later in the weekend the following was going on cask: Green Flash Hop Head Red (Red IPA, 7%); Victory Summer Love (American Blond, 5.2%); Bear Republic Grand Am ( APA,6%); Breckingridge Lucky U (American IPA, 6.2%); and Yards Brotherly Suds (American Bitter,4.5%). Elysian kicked while I was there so I stayed for a Hop Head Red. Great staff, friendlycrowd, amazing beers and an excellent start to my 3-day beer weekend. On tap: Leipziger Gose; Ichtegem's Grand Cru; Oskar Blues G'night; Manyayunk Duet; DeDoll Dulle Teve; Allagash White; Victory Braumeister Pils; Left Hand Milk Stout; and Port Summer Pale Ale. WOW!

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Photo of mltobin
2.93/5  rDev -32%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 3.5

I went into my visit here with expectations that this would be a very good place to have a beer. Entering around 8:00 pm on a Saturday, no surprise that the restaurant/bar had a lively crowd. I was able to secure a stool at the bar, and was soon greeted by a bartender. After looking over the offerings, I asked for a taste of a beer and the response was : "we only have a small amount left, so I can`t pour you a taste, but it is good".
So, I ordered the beer and it was pretty good. It was a beer out of Cali, nothing very limited by any means. Some of the tap offerings were from Pizza Port, Ballast Point, local brewers, etc. I believe that they also have bottles, but do not recall those selections. Food here looked pretty good, but seemed a bit expensive. And the odd thing was that with these prices and a bit of attitude, the staff was very much dressed down. While a lot of the diners/drinkers were dressed kind of didn`t really mesh. All in all, it was ok, but I was hoping for better from the other reviews here.

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Photo of islandboi8204
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Beginning with the décor - a wood bar, comfortable chairs, and vintage beer paraphernalia on the walls, it is very inviting. The staff is very friendly, and knows their beer and food menu well. It is a very cozy bar, a bit small and can get loud if you stop by before 9pm. The tap selection is great, about twelve beers, with a comprehensive but pricey bottle list as well.

The food is tasty, but I am disappointed that the fried chicken is off the menu for now. It had a touch of honey drizzle and a side of watermelon salad. Definitely check it out when it comes back. Everything is a decent portion, and the appetizers are good for sharing. The burger is a delicious, and so are the pasta dishes for entrees.

Overall, I would say that the food here is definitely more refined than at other bars, with a great rotating beer selection. Oh, and they always have the Phillies on the big screen tv.

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Photo of pvequalsnrt
4.18/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

i really love this place. the food is excellent, the ambiance is really cool, and the beer is tasty. they do not have any non-craft beer on tap. if there are any drawbacks, it's that there may not be as many beers on tap as you may be used to (they have 10-12 or so plus a handpump) and it's kinda small inside. but totally worth it. i've gone both in the middle of the day and on a friday night when its super crowded. the service did not suffer. i love the curry sauce for the fries! had my first ever black butte here.

i've been back a number of times now.

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Photo of generalmanager
4.58/5  rDev +6.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Made a visit on a Sunday afternoon, at that perfect post-brunch time when everything is peaceful and quiet...

Unfortunately the cask beer was all tapped out after a busy weekend, totally understandable, so I opted for a tulip of Zinnebir from Braserrie De La Senne. I've loved all the beers I've had from this small Belgian brewery, and I have to say that it must be one of the nicest "food beers" I've ever had. Low alcohol, nice long finish w/ a lingering bitterness that went perfect w/ some housemade pickles.

Oh, the good! Our small assortment of pickles included: mushrooms, watermelon rind (w/ a generous portion of cardamom), turnip, and bread + butter cukes. We had these with the brussel sprouts - wonderfully cooked with some small bacon bits.

My GF and I followed this with a delicious lamb burger and fries (she was drinking the Left Hand Twin Sisters double IPA...very nice). Man, I had been longing for some salty fries all weekend and I wasn't disappointed! Thin, hand-cut fries - yum...

We splurged for a bottle of Russian River Damnation (a reasonable indulgence @ $10 a bottle), but I have to say that I preferred the Zinnebir. I mean, the Damnation was great, but the Zinnebir really hit it out of the park...

Very helpful bartender, classic no-nonsense Philly Dude who definitely knew the beers on hand...

Looking forward to coming back during my next visit!

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Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Came here with my wife for our wedding anniversary on Oct. 10, 2010.

Parking was hard to come by here and it's smack in the middle of a residential area but it was worth it.

Unassuming from the outside, we walk in and i must say it was smaller than i had imagined. Still, it was comfortable and being fairly early, it was about half empty. We went to the upper part to sit at the tables.

The tap list had 12 beers including Saison du BUFF, Stone RIS, Ayinger Oktoberfest, ST Harvest & Arcadia Jaw Jacker. I wanted some cask but they didn't have the keg yet. Then selected the Sly Fox Rauchbier and they were out of that too. I settled on Saison du BUFF and my wife with the Stone RIS. The prices were cheap IMO ranging from 4-5$ which is a bargain. Everything was killer and a nice mix of local, classics and seasonals.

The waiter was nice and very knowledgeable of the beers even suggesting some. I had to wait for a while to get my beer though which was a bit bothersome.

The food was simply fantastic and inexpensive really considering what you get. I took the pappardelle with lamb ragu and my wife had the twice fried chicken. Some slight changes to the menu we were handed for a few things. I think they tweak it a lot without necessarily changing the menu which is odd but not terribly bad.

Overall, the service could have been a little faster for my beer and it would have been nice if the menu changes were reflected in the menu we were given but we seriously enjoyed our time there and would come back again for sure.

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Photo of smellody
4.63/5  rDev +7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Filled with a small crowd, but it was a Tuesday night. I'd say it isn't a see and be seen place either, mostly locals.

Service: The service was friendly and welcoming. The bartender was attentive and friendly, informative and made great recommendations. I'm pretty sure when I return he'll remember me and we'll talk more.

Selection: Beer engine with good selection. I went for the St. Louis Gueze on draft this time around.

Food: This was the second time I have eaten here, and while I only had a salad, the previous time I had appetizer and meal and everything was delish.

Price/Value: The happy hour prices are $1 off drafts...a bit weak if you ask me. Prices here are midrange to high. This again is not a bad thing, but for an everyday bar, the food prices and beer prices might run a bit high.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

A place iv'e really wanted to try based on the hype in the BA community... after entering, drinking and leaving, i had similar thoughts as i did when i tried Local 44 at the time. Gave it another whirl...

Atmosphere is comfortable, yet unspectacular, kind of a minimalist art deco feel. The gripe is the small bar and akward layout of the place, i counted 25 people around the bar and there was no room to move. Solid draft beer selection, not quite spectacular based on the fact most of these beers can be found easily elsewhere, but no real duds. Id say about 1-2 of the beers at any time can be eye openers, but falls short of "best beer menu in the city" hype. The bottle list offers a solid selection of somewhat pricey imports. It seems the spectacular beer events contribute the most to the overall reputation at this point and they do have a lot of them, i would suggest making an event the time to check out the bar. Service was good, even with large crowds the servers did there best to try and keep everyone happy.

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Photo of jthahn
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I stopped in hoping to find some Registration Ale while waiting for a flight. Unfortunately there was no registration to be found, but I'm still glad I made the stop. Resurrection is a very quaint ale house. The food menu is small and neat, but very complete as well. I stuck with the beers on draft (10 different rotating beers), though there is a bottled menu as well.
For lunch I had a hoison brazed pork belly sandwich and it was absolutely incredible. cooked perfectly, seasoned well...i'd love to have this recipe. the two coworkers i was with had the pork carnitas and the twice fried chicken. both raved about their meals as well. don't pass this place up if you're around.

Note: I revisted Resurrectcion on 11/12/10 so I'm posting a revision to my original review. Basically my praises can't be high enough for this place. The service is quick and most improtantly very friendly.
This time around i went with a Lost Abbey Avant Garde (on tap) and the pork belly sandwich...can't pull myself away from the pork here. it was insanely good, its as though theres a magician behind those saloon doors.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4

Popped in here on a mission to get some Registration Ale from Russian River. It worked, it was available as well as about 10 other draft beers and about times two in bottles.

This is a cute place, in the middle of what appeared to be a residential neighborhood on the mend. A corner shop that looks like a gutted apartment building (brown stone) on the inside. Bathrooms are to your right as you enter, seating at the bar and a few tables sprinkled about.

We sat at the bar and got our drinks. Registration was served in a tulip glass and came promptly. The bar tender was either bored or really friendly because he chatted my wife and I up about Russian river, Philly beer scene and D.C. culture. It was nice. The quality of the selection was really nice. I didn't see any BMC while I was there at all, it may have been on the menu and I didn't see it or they might not bother with that nonsense.

I'll be going back in the future and I recommend it for a chill evening. Beware though. all the streets around that place are 1 way and parking is difficult.

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Photo of Soonami
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

I went on a date here last night with a lady friend--I have been twice before, but this is the first time I've sat down for a full meal.

The decor in Resurrection Ale House continues on the theme started at Memphis Taproom and Local 44: dark wood bar, comfortable chairs at the bar, tin ceiling tiles, antique beer paraphernalia (a neat array of vintage beer cans at Resurrection) and warm colors on the wall. This is an inviting bar with the perfect lighting and background music levels to make for an intimate experience.

The service staff is knowledgeable about the 10-12 offerings on tap and can provide enough description to give someone a reasonable idea of what to expect. The only quibble is that a dozen draft beers is not that special in Philadelphia anymore, although the selection is very good. There is also a nice bottle list, but you'll pay for those. I had Port Wipeout ($4), Great Divide Yeti ($4) and RR Consecration ($7) there last night, which were of course all great and very fairly priced.

I had the delicious honey drizzled fried chicken with German potato salad and my date had a argula and feta salad that with a side of bread was almost a dinner portion. The one disappointment was the homemade pickles. Offered yesterday, were two types of cucumber, red grapes, beet, melon, and maybe something else, but aside from a little anise, just a sprig of dill or a pod of cardamom, the pickles all seemed to have been brined in the same base liquid. I think each item should be given a special bath to accentuate certain flavors.

This is a very cozy bar with limited seating, a great tap selection, friendly service and a thoughtful menu. It doesn't have quite the draft list that Local 44 does, but it has a similar style with more refined food and as always the Phillies on HD

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

Went here on a friday night during the end of Philly Beer Week 2010. Been to the other two sister establishments and liked them so this place is a no brainer. Driving down Gray's Ferry Ave, I zoomed right by this joint, it's very non descript, I don't think they even have a sign outside. Once I found it, I came into a crowded bar. It was during a "All Wood" event and there was a nice mix of people in there. The atmosphere was noisy but it died down a bit and the scene became relaxed. Very similar to the sister bars in size, look, feel and selection.

Quality was top notch, the lines are clean from this semi new bar. A clean place with a modern but not gaudy look. Clean and appropriate styled glass for the beer. The food coming out looked fantastic. Service was spectacular, the bartenderess really knew her shit, I mean she really knew her shit, very knowledgable and I could tell she was into beer, especially the sours. Quick to get another drink even with a crowd plus with a smile, very inviting.

Selection was 12 choices on draft, this particular night all beer from wood, or oak or whatever. I had a Petrus Aged Pale and two Jacobins Rouge and a Oak Aged Yeti, my 1st time with this beer after passing it up for years, delicious. One beer on the handpump, that night it was some BFM offering that resembled a American stout. A nice bottle selection and If you've been to the other sister bars, a familiar selection. Focused on Belgian styles and sours with some vintage stuff thrown in. Not a big bottle list but good choices with a price tag.

I did not try the food since I already ate but it looked good coming out and I'll imbide next time. The draft prices were very reasonable, very nice. Bathrooms in the basement, nice looking but there was a huge puddle of water on the ground. I'll say the shape of the room with the bar was very odd. Lots of different angles, I could not really make out a shape in this room, curvy as hell, interesting stuff.

I really enjoyed my time here and I think Im heading back right now for some gambrinus on draft..

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Photo of slander
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Saturday mid afternoon, on the move again in a westward way before departing Earthbound for dinner. That corner place just passed, and damn, there's like nowhere to, wait, I can totally park that. A greater distance than the other guy to the hydrant, I deem this spot legal. Both ends of our party now caught up, we can agree on one and out in theory not practiced and we know that going in. My, this place sure smells like new...

It's not that I consulted (Evil) Davo on the shape of things, rather he was just being a douche a-bag offering it up like he was being helpful when you know he was failing at mocking me. Says he, "An 'L' shaped bar with a bi-leveled open barback" (To be fair, I raised him from a cub and did learn-ed him good). Seating for 14 plus 4 above above the strung glow rope lined barback counter with horizontal mirrors, and booze tiered on the slight. Some wines & specialty bottles displayed, glassware shelved below, and taps chalk printed on Blind Tiger horizontal boards above the bar.

Dropped pressed tinesque ceiling that I don't know how I feel about, and white, I don't know what, it's liked vinyl wallpaper with a pressed pattern over green slat wood lowers & trim. Bar counter pieces on 3 wall places for the putting of drink or elbow or both. 2 beaten horizontal framed mirrors on the end, some cool prints behind me on the wall, and Orval tin mad props. A single flatscreen mounted in the corner above, viewable from the lower bar area. Drop mismatched lamps over the bar & seating along the tall vertical windows opening over the corner kind of, with views of some aesthetically nicety, an old navy vet hospital turned condos, maybe. Holiday white strung lighting around the windows wreathed, it being the season and all.

5 small round white marble tables below the windows and up to the up, 4 baby tables on one side sharing some bench, the same to the rear, a pair of booths in the corner, and the aforementioned seating for 4 at the bar with tap selections printed overhead. Saloon door kitchen access shutters there. Good framed art pieces up above, with spots within. A series of mushroom drawings decorate the stairwell to the bathroom below. I licked one or four of them, they didn't taste like much (sorry about the smudging).

12 taps sunken below. A good mix of micro near (Yards Brawler, Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, DogFishHead Old School Barleywine & 90 Minute IPA) and far (Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout, Bear Republic Racer 5, Stone Smoked Porter), and imports (Dupont Avec Les Bon Voeux, Belhaven Twisted Thistle, St Louis Gueuze, Winter Koninck, Weissenohe Bonator). And cask Victory Uncle Teddy's Bitter on a single handpump on the bar. You knows I drank the Dupont Avec (you knows it).

And a tight bottle list of 40+, 2/3 of which are Belgian offerings (amongst them, 6 offerings from De Dolle including 2 vintages of the Oerbier Reserva, 4 offerings from Cantillon, Petrus Oak Aged Pale Ale, De Ranke XX Bitter, Oude Beersel Framboise & Gueuze, Hanssens Oudbeitje), the remainder being American micro fun and imports. Quite the collection, from the John Courage RIS '93 for $30, to Nation Bohemian cans for $1.75, and everything in between, including (lovely) Orval for $8 (Respect, man, respect). This is clearly someone's "This is what I like" list. Needless to say, some of these items have since, um, rotated out. And maybe another beer and out, you think, yes? Ed went with an Orval, I had the Petrus Aged Pale Ale of the non suck, true.

Servicewise, our Seantender ran the insult gamut, starting with a long overdue telling Davo to shut up (nobody likes him), and soon after rippin' on Ed's hat, offering up "The man's about comfort and not style" (I hate that hat). He's some funny shit, and as he's seen and shown proper respect for our Spuyten Duyvil, I have decided that he may stay.

Food menu, there are things I could eat here. Like now. Like right fucking now. And my friends, too. But no. Not today anyway, I told you already we had dinner plans, but we got another shot at foodings during Philly beer week. Suspiciously easily accommodated for brunch, the omelet with chorizo & manchego cheese and a tasty salad of greens fixed my morning head, thank you. And as most of us ordered a side of pepper bacon, they put it on a single plate; a heaping mountain of beautiful piggenings (and there was much rejoicing). Oh, and there was this plate of pickled things. The best of the lot were the grapes; they were well licoriced up, you know, in a good way while still retaining their purple. Amazing! And drink, yeah, I guess I'll be slumming it with the Russian River Consecration (it is a struggle though). Either that or the Pliny. I'm sorry, I meant it's either that and the Pliny. Such is life.

Some good tunes today, they sing inside my head (the voices). Comfortable house. The food & drink are real damn good. This place is slight and tight, but seriously...

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Photo of johnnybowden
5/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

I went here for the first time last night, ostensibly on a scouting mission for a beer lovers' group I belong to, as well as a writers' group. This place would be great for both! It's clean and friendly and I can't say enough good things about it! It's tiny but well thought-out. Tables are all over, and the bar seats about 15. There's even a sort of upper bar on the dining room side for people look over at the main bar. There are maybe a dozen or so beers on draft; I enjoyed a DFH 90-minute IPA,since I'd never tried it before, and then reverted to an old favorite, Racer 5 IPA--both were hoppy, crisp and delicious. My friend Art enjoyed a few Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, also a great choice. We both ate the twice-fried chicken, recommended by our bartender, the friendly Sean, and didn't regret the choice. The owner, Brendan Hartranft, was there too, working, and I mean working, the room--washing glasses at the bar, managing the wait list (it got very crowded while we were there), busing tables, and still he had time to say hello and chat with us a little.

I love Memphis and Local 44, but this one might be my favorite. I guess I'll have to keep trying all three to make a definitive choice; I hope I never do!

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Photo of corby112
4.65/5  rDev +7.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

Went here for the first time tonight. Very cool small bar/restaurant in the Graduate Hospital area of Philly. The atmosphere of this place is very good with a cool vibe but it is small with limited seating and it can get incredibly loud. Lots of hipsters, art students, beards and skinny jeans but not in an obnoxious way. The bar is right there as soon as you walk in and it's a nice size. Above there is a chalk board of what's currently available on draft. Several small tables on both sides and around the bar. There ios also a little dining area behind the bar with more tables and another chalkboard with the draft/cask offerings listed.

They have about twelve rotating taps here and somewhere in the range of 40 bottles plus a rotating cask selection which is always more than welcome. Although there are only 12 beers on tap they had a very good selection including Blind Pig, St. Louis Gueuze, Storm King(cask), Kulmbacher Eisbock, Elysian Bi Frost and a few others. I guess the only problem would be for some is that they don't have many lagers or session beers. This, however, was not a problem for me. The bottle list is very thought out as well with four Cantillon offerings including St. Lamvinus and Brouscella Grand Cru. Other nice surprises were 05 Oerebier Grand Reserve, 93 Courage Russian Imperial Stout and 00 JW Lees. You will pay for these rarities but it's really cool that they even offer them.

The service was very good and the food was excellent. My wife and I went for dinner and even though the place was packed we were seated almost immediately. Our server was very friendly and knew all of the specials including every ingredient they were prepared with. She always made sure everything was okay and that our glasses were filled.

Every course that we ordered was delicious. I had the pork tenderloin and my wife had the double fried chicken and both of the dishes were perfect. We also had appetizers and deserts and this was one of the best meals we've had in a while whether it be a gastropub or fine dinning restaurant. Their food definitely a few steps above casual pub food but the prices are very reasonable and they have many vegetarian/vegan friendly options.

I loved this place and am thinking of going back tomorrow for brunch. Highly recommended.

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