We ordered a few appetizers to share. First, Keith really wanted to try the Pickled Sausage. Three small links of chilled brined pork garlic sausage arrived in a small glass jar. The sausage was not overly pickly, but had a balanced salty and sour flavor. We also shared a spin on poutine or "disco fries" - Smothered Fries with white cheddar and tasso ham gravy. This dish was heavy and helpful as a hangover cure. The ham gravy was overloaded with onions, but had great flavor. I also tried the Warm & Soft Beer Pretzels. Two freshly baked pretzels came piping hot and served with beer mustard. The dough was much softer and sweeter than other pretzels we've had. After the heavy starters, I wanted something light and chose the Cobb Salad. The bibb lettuce, bacon, avocado, pickled egg and tomato were fresh and covered in blue cheese dressing that was tasty but drowned the vegetables a bit.
Keith was feeling more peckish and ordered Classic Wings - spicy crispy wings with frankenbutter, blue cheese dip, and celery. They were a nice portion, but his curiosity overruled his stomach and additionally, he ordered the Fried Pig Tails. Looking similar to the chicken wings, these little morsels were covered in a very spicy "General Satan's" sauce, also served with celery. Lastly, he tried the Hammer Time, which was a nice plate of house cured city ham served with mustard and toast points.
Chef MacIsaac’s renowned desserts also grace the menu with a number of seasonal pies served with freshly spun ice creams. I was too full to order any desserts this go round, but the Mississippi Mud Pie sounded to die for. Overall, the food was above average, but a little disappointing compared to Birch & Barley. Service also lost points as it took a long time for food and drinks to come out. The restaurant got pretty busy on this rainy Saturday afternoon, and it seems reservations are a wise choice to avoid waiting for a table in spite of the large dining area.
Total Rating: 3.58
Food: 3.5, Price: 4, Service: 2.5, Ambience: 4, Accessibility: 5
What I ate:
three links of brined pork garlic sausage
white cheddar, tasso ham gravy
Warm & Soft Beer Pretzels
two freshly baked pretzels with beer mustard
bibb lettuce, blue cheese dressing, bacon, avocado, pickled egg and tomato
Plus Keith ate:
crispy wings, frankenbutter, blue cheese dip, celery
Fried Pig Tails
general satan's sauce, celery
Arsenal House Cured City Ham
served with mustard and toast points