Great place for a sunset dinner. Better in the off season, but that goes for most places in the chs area. Have dinner then head upstairs for a drink and take in the sunset. Food was good and service great.
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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.
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