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The Altoona Hotel

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Type: Bar, Eatery

3830 5th Avenue
Altoona, Pennsylvania, 16602
United States

(814) 944-5521

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Mon-Thu: 4 P.M. - 10 P.M.
Fri-Sat: 4 P.M. - 11 P.M.

Added by Deuane on 03-24-2010

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4.33/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Driving through the rain for hours across PA, I did not enjoy. And now lost and found in Altoona, where is that place again? Wait, landmark, landmark, main drag, and oh yeah, it's right around the corner, and I mean, right around the corner, from the Knick. It's a standalone with surrounding parking lot space, which I find near empty, arriving dengerously close to kitchen closing time. Still, they're good enough to entertain me. And me, them...

Through the room to the rear, an "L" shaped, slight rumpled corrugated stainless steel topped bar with a glass panel looking down on the inner workings. Slight wood lip & piping footrail, and seating for 9 of backed leather stools. Barback is cool retro piece with a long countertop of corrugated stainless steel. A baby double wide glass front wine cooler sits on center with a row of 8 handles atop for drawing from the wine bottles within, and another wine cooler on the far end. Booze is stacked 4 deep & tiered climbing to the mirrored panel backing to both sides of center. Booze below with cupboard space and a wine rack to one side. Glassware tucked below the bar and stacked at the end of the bar. Recessed lighting atop & on the ends, and a single TV in the corner, so I get to watch Hawaii 5-0 after all.

Black & white prints on brushed skyish blue walls painted over wood paneling, with white framings. Wall mounted lamps and sunken spots in drop ceilings. Brick floorings throughout. 7 hightop roundies and a few shortys around the bar. Through and up front lie rows of tables in what looks to be the main dining room, and a second smaller room to the other side.

2 live handles on a stand up copper tower for 3, and 6 sunken below. 8 in all, mostly micro (Stoudts Fest, Atwater Vanilla Porter, Boulder Mojo IPA, DogFishHead Punkin, Blue Point Toasted Lager & Hoptical Illusion, Magic Hat #9, Miller Lite). I could've done 20oz pints but thought better of it as I'm still an hour outside of JTown and goddamn rain has not will not let up, so I drank shortys, starting with the Stoudts Fest (play local), then a Boulder Mojo IPA (hop on), and wound down with a DogFishHead Punkin (I'm good for a few a year).

Plus roughly 40 bottles, all but a half dozen or so being craft. About ΒΌ of them are PA offerings (Weyerbacher, Victory, Troegs, Voodoo, Otto's), the remainder are from not (DogFishHead, Green Flash, Rogue, Magic Hat, Bells, Founders, Sam Adams, North Coast, Brooklyn, Southampton, Sierra Nevada, Blue Moon, Moylan's, Widmer, Anchor, Great Divide, Stone).

Sure, I'll hear of your specials. Oooh, pork wonton app with Shoyu & Ponzu gels and Sriracha. They were good damn wontons, true. The Ponzo gel was win, the Sriracha with its heat brought the pain. And the grilled king salmon with a salt & pepper crust, black bean puree & cumin coriander carrots, peach chutney gel & salsa rojo. It was what excellent's like. They dealt me a Roasted red pepper sorbet of awesome between app & entree as a palette cleanser (fruity tasty coldness), and a taste of some sort of crazy Japanese bubble fruit on the end.

Is it a hotel, I wonder, and no, it is not. It was once, they think, but it cooked. The place is nicely done up and cool Frenchy type music, I do dig. Beerwise, they turn taps quickly, and keep a bottled beer menu. Clinton cooking, and very well, might I add. Good talk of locally sourced and sustainables here. I had a great meal and I'm glad I caught 'em when I did, although I feel a little bad about keeping them open as late as I did. Oh yes, the new old Altoona one-two.

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The Altoona Hotel in Altoona, PA
Place rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1 ratings
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