I am not surprised that there are negative reviews of Poe's. (Or any resturant on here). A lot of people will only post a review if they had a bad experience.
Poe's is a great place. The burgers are fantastic but I actually prefer the chicken sandwich versions. The only complaint that I have against Poe's is that they never have host seating. The seat yourself plan is great if they are not busy but I have seen lots of people jump in front of others when they are busy or small groups will take up a large table.
the fried chicken sandwich was delicious. the accompaning fries were from the nearest burger king and the "famous" fried pie was a only a slight improvement over the fruit pies available (two for a dollar) at the golden arches. it is comfortable and clean, watched over by a friendly and helpful staff. if one is careful, he or she will be rewarded with a delectable dining experience.
the fried chicken sandwich was delicious. the accompaning fries were from the nearest burger king and the "famous" fried pie was just a copy of the fruit pie (two for a dollar) available at the golden arches. it is a nice and comfortable place with a willing and friendly staff and if one is careful you will be rewarded with a delectable meal.
5th Visit. The 4th with a friend for lunch, a burger and salad, very good taste, Friend had the Philly, loved it. Service was great. The 5th time was last night for dinner, Ribeye for me, just fine and the crab cakes, must disagree with the one reviewer, they are great! Like I said before, no cake, all crab! My wife had the fish and chips, crisy, lots of pepper and the hot catsup is a good touch. I think this place will just get better, even with reviews from the craft beer guy! I think he would just like to see the staff better educated in something that appears to be his passion. We can always learn! As I said before, beer just makes me pee. So I can't comment. But the food, friendly service and the fact that there is not much on that side of MP make it a spot that I'll continue to support. I'm sure if "Crafty" continues to frequent the pub and shares his knowledge, the servers will eventually gain the all important beer knowledge to make Fosters into a proper PUB.
I agree, I too like prices listed, I don't like suprises. I'll mention this to Craig next time I'm in!
Foster’s Pub: March 4, 2010
This is my second visit to Foster’s. I was panned by other reviewers for being too harsh. Honesty is a tough pill to swallow sometimes. All of my earlier comments were factual and I did review this as a beer bar which is what it was sold to me as. If this was a corner pub, it may have been a slightly different review. You will notice a lot of my comments can easily be fixed by owner/management. I too want this place to survive as Mt. Pleasant does not have many craft beer establishments, and yes I do not need help with the beer menu, but if they are going to remain in business as a beer bar, 99% of their customers will need help with the beer menu. I do work in some capacity with craft beer.
On to my second visit, the beer menu had several corrections including a readable font and the correction to Southern Tier IPA (It is Unearthly). No pricing still, can’t understand this especially with the large format bottles. You won’t sell the bottles unless you price them, nobody wants to sit there and ask their server how much this and that is. Wine list also has no pricing? Tap list is unchanged from two weeks ago and is still one of the better ones in Mt. Pleasant. I would also have a slightly different lineup on the taps, but I won’t get into that as it may seem like too much information for some. Bar was full; bar tables about half full and restaurant area had one table filled. We chose a bar table again. Our other server was on, but we were attended by someone different. It was quite a wait for our beers, and our server from 2 weeks ago actually asked if we were being helped in the interim. No fault of our server I believe, the bar had two people working and they were just slow. Two other people were drinking off the taps, and the majority of the bar was drinking bud light bottles. Education of your clientele could push some of these to your drafts. I am fearful that the taps will be won over by the bigs. Generally, a few corrections to the beer menu, but still a work in progress.
Food, we skipped the appetizers and had a burger and chicken sandwich. Burger was good, good flavor and plenty of pimento cheese, tomatoes didn’t look appetizing, but the flavor was good. Standard fries were my choice of side and I liked them although the quantity could have better matched the burger. Wife had chicken sandwich which was tasty as well; bleu cheese coleslaw was soggy and a bit oniony for her, to me the flavor was fine, just the texture off. Menu is a little limited as another reviewer mentioned. Maybe switch to some classic pub dishes for entrees and add some more sandwiches.
I will likely go back in a few weeks to check on progress.
Dropped $50 on a few beers.
Top notch. Thank you again for that Southern Hospitality. It's always good.
WOW PEOPLE!! Are you really that bored with your lives??? Your more than nitpicky, your simply complainers!!! I got a headache while reading your so called reviews. There is a reason why people like you shouldn't go out. I'm disappointed that you are so quick to judge. Can't you just go to a bar to have a drink and unwind? I as well as several friends have spent a few great evenings at the Pub since the soft opening! We love the beer selection and so far the food has been good too. Of course there is always room for improvements. Can you let them actually be open more than a month before you go off the deep end! TO THE FOSTERS CREW....I think your all gonna be just fine! You can't please everyone. Look forward to our next visit.
just had a killer steak paired with a 1554 as was recommended by server. It was AWESOME. The Beer options we widely varied and for $5 a pint, you can't sample this many great beers for a better price. You may find signs of a new place trying to get its sea legs under it, but it wasn't too loud, my beers were served in appropriate glassware (Rare!), and The service was unbelievably hospitable and happy to help however they could. I will be back for sure and am thankful to have another great beer bar open in Mt Pleasant.
My wife and I came in last night for the grand opening. We actually didn't know this place was even here. We pulled in after seeing the guy on the corner putting up the grand opening sign. I admit I know little about beer, being a Blue Moon and a PBR kinda guy. I was quickly told about the Allagash which I enjoyed very much. The Bartender, Kevin, was very nice and quite helpful.
We came in at the time that they were setting up a little tasting buffet. I really enjoyed the onion rings and the spinach dip, though it was a little runny . The crab cakes weren't as good as most I've had, but my wife loved them so maybe it was a matter of taste.
The menu is okay. Not the best, but not the worse I've seen in a pub. Qasadillas and natchos don't fit on a pub menu in my opinion. I also would have liked to have seen a few stables on the entree menu, Shepard's Pie and the like. I ended up having the fish and chips and my wife had a burger. We both really enjoyed our food, my fish was cooked a little too done, and I did not get the blue cheese slaw the menu said came with it, but the batter was good with lots of pepper which I like, and it was so much I didn't even need the slaw. My wife's burger was perfect to the T and the fries were good. We really liked the peppery ketchup we got with the fries.
I know the place is new and just opening, but I would like to see some more entree type items on the menu, not just fried food and sandwiches. All and all we had a good time and enjoyed our food. We'll be back, I'm sure, but probably not at night again. This seems like a great place to come for a quick in and out lunch.
Clearly the above reviewer had a "beef" with the beer menu! Judging from his review and all of his clearly superior knowledge of the bar industry, he must be in the business, and thus perhaps somewhat biased. Anyone with so much knowledge should not have difficulty selecting a beer with or without an explanation! As far as I am concerned, beer is beer, makes me burp and have to pee!! Give me a Captain Morgan’s on Ice and I am a Happy Camper!! As far as the beer write-ups, fine, I'm sure the owners would be happy to do a revision for those that might need it, they are a new business, in fact they had not even had a Grand Opening as of the time of the above write up.
I have been in the Pub three times since it's "soft" opening, the owners, Craig, Alex and the chef, Gregory all visited my table, introduced themselves and inquired about our meal and overall experience. They all asked what they might do better to improve the experience. We made a few suggestions and I can report that they were all acted upon by our next visit.
As for the strip mall look. Not many bars, pubs or restaurants located in strip malls open on day one looking any different. Dealing with large open spaces with high ceilings is a challenge when trying to depict an "intimate pub" atmosphere. In any of the establishments I have encountered that have accomplished this goal, it was an effort that evolved overtime, an antique in the corner, a "prized" banner for the winning local champs on the wall, a piece of stained glass in the window. But for me, the most important aspect is the "Cheers" aspect. The Cheers aspect occurs when you enter an establishment and "everyone knows your name". As I said, I have been in three times since the soft opening, the last time, last night (3/1) for the Grand Opening". On every occasion, Craig, Alex and Gregory came to our table and checked on our meal. All three remembered our prior visits, our waiter, Rob, remembered our drink orders and the chef prepared my tuna perfectly with extra blackening and extra sauce (some sort of wasabi cucumber stuff that is excellent).
Service, In the interest of "full disclosure", I know one of the servers (a friends daughter), how ever, she was not present on our second two visits, so I have minimal bias at best. On all of our visits, there was a "teamwork" approach, our food was brought out hot by the chef one busy night, I saw the owner busing a table on another, not that she had to, but that it was the right thing to do.
On to the FOOD. This is why I go to an establishment, if I want a beer I can buy it at the Pig. But if I am spending my hard earned money, I want the whole deal, first some good food. I'm not a connoisseur (not even sure I can spell it!) of bar food.But I can vouch for the entrees! The Tuna is excellent. I challenge you to find as large a cut and as fresh a piece of tuna for the $15 bucks! Fair warning, if you are a wimp, ask the chef to tone down the spice!! I like it hot and have had it twice !!!! We have tried the Ribeye and it was tasty and tender and cooked they way my wife likes it, not your average supermarket cut. The stuffed burgers, the pimento and the blue cheese are our favorites!!The onion rings were crisp, hot and tasty. The crab cakes were great! Not much cake, seemed like ALL crab! DON'T miss the stuffed mushrooms! Really, they are great! Sometimes you have to step out of your comfort zone and try something other than fried cheese!
On all three occasions the pub was full of people. Happy, eating, drinking and talking people! 4 Cheers!
I vote 4/5 stars for this new place, give them a chance to work out a few things, tell them if there is something you don't like or needs more explanation, I know first hand they will be receptive and try harder to earn your satisfaction.
very cool spot, will be back for sure. Outdoor patio looks fun when the weather comes around. Great meals all the way around!
Im with the negative people, this bar sucks. I can't wait for this place to go out of business so another bar can take the prime location. I hope this recession will end this place. If this review causes anyone to avoid this place, mission accomplished. Think about it, I took time out of my day to create an account here just to tell the world how awful The Brick is. Everyone who gave this place glowing reviews must work there or be friends with people who work there. What makes this place suck is the people who work there. Just plain rude.
I have tried them all and as far as a cool, local spot to hang....Its worth the trip! I was really suprised at the food, GREAT! Staff was friendly and the outdoor patio was as good as it gets. Cool crowd too, really diverse.
A place to have a beer with Dad! Great local spot and best Burger I have had in a while! Service was good and manager came over 2x to check on us!
Atmosphere is not exactly pub like, they have a pool table, no dart boards, but the feel is still very “strip mall", a little too open and not at all intimate. We sat in the bar table area which is the majority of the establishment, as there is a little area that has restaurant height tables beyond a half wall that I would assume is made as a standing area. Neither the restaurant area nor the standing area was being utilized at 8pm on a Friday. The pool table was in use and several of the bar tables were occupied along with most of the bar seats. I was excited to see so many taps and we were greeted quickly by a friendly waitress. We were asked if we were familiar with craft beers when we asked for a beer list, and we acknowledged that we were and that was the reason we had come. Later, I wondered what we would be told if we had said we weren’t familiar because as I learned, the establishment wasn’t all too familiar with craft beers either. They would allow a sample of any of the tap beers which I feel is appropriate and appreciated.
The beer list needs several improvements, it is a paper insert in a protective case so it will be easy to change (smart not spending money on printing). First, the font is unreadable and small, in darker light of a pub, a more simple font is required. Second, there are no prices anywhere on the list. I would assume that Allagash Interlude is quite pricey, but an unsuspecting patron could order it on the name. That brings me to my next beef: how about a description of the beers or at least a style? Finally, the errors were too many to ignore and actually affected our evening:
Bells was listed as though it was Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s (what was it really?)
Dogfish Head 90 minute was simply listed as IPA
Laughing Dog had no beer, just the brewery, turned out to be Alpha Dog
Pils was spelled as if you were getting some sort of aspirin: Pills
Fin du Monde was fin de monde
Duvel was spelled Duvell
Also seemed to be errors with the bottle list, which had separate bombers listed, and there were several that I do not think come in small bottles: Allagash Fluxus and Interlude are two.
Now I know some of you are thinking that I am being a little nitpicky, but a few minutes would have caught all of these errors unless there is no one with the knowledge to catch them, which is what I suspect. The other reason I am listing all of these, and this was just upon cursory review of the list, is what I mentioned above about affecting our evening. The last and biggest mistake was that Southern Tier IPA was on the draft list, which is a good beer and a fine start to an evening. My wife ordered one and our friends each ordered one. My wife immediately caught that it wasn’t right and after one of our friends, a hop head, put it aside for something lighter, we guessed that it was likely Unearthly, an 11% beer as opposed to the 6.5% beer we had ordered (later confirmed). Don’t get me wrong, it is a great beer, just not what you want to start the night off with. On the pricing, all of the drafts were the same price - $5.00 for an American pint - which is likely a little less than 14oz. I do not see how they will stay in business charging the same price for Stone Levitation, Victory Donnybrook Stout, Hennepin, and Unearthly when the keg prices of some of these are double the others. Last beer item was the offer of a lime with my Hennepin, have not heard of that one before. Ranger IPA was $4 by the bottle, can’t comment on any other bottled prices.
On to food, we do not expect much from the food side, we ordered several appetizers. Onion rings were overdone, real crispy, but served with a good dipping sauce, mozzarella moons were fine, but probably should source a better marinara, buffalo cheese sticks were a little bland, and the wings were crispy, but lacked flavor and sauce, which I would think could be corrected. Overall, the food needs some improvement.
We were told they were going to hold tastings at the restaurant in the future, after we inquired about samplers, which they may or may not offer in the future.
Hopefully they will get someone who knows beer in here. Just can’t tap a bunch of beers. Just like wine, you need to educate your customers.
Half Price Burger Night!! need I say more?
We have sampled a lot of the food and beers on tap and really have enjoyed most of the selections. The Cobb and steak salads are really good. A few of the apps are kind of small, but everything is very good and interesting. The staff has been very friendly even if we are a bit older than the target crowd. We support the over 21 limit - it is nice to not have to deal with screaming young 'uns once in a while, especially in a bar setting. I don't get the 'take your baby to a bar' deal at all. I'm not sure why the vast list of bottled beer never materialized, but we will keep enjoying the food and beer on tap and if it ever does show up with some of our other faves, it will be the icing on the cake.
Nice ambiance and interior but the food was average and the prices a bit on the high side.
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