We stayed at the Hampton Inn on West End for a few nights (a place that we recommend, by the way), so one evening when I had worked up a thirst walking up and back from the Parthenon in Centennial Park (which we also recommend), we bopped across the street from the Inn and checked out Blackstone. It's a nice, big, well organized, welcoming place inside, with a good U-shaped bar and plenty of tables at which you can stand and drink, the proper position which allows you to fill up your gut without excessive gas build up and consequental burping. The background music was a little annoying and I'll bet it's pretty noisy when crowded, but so be it. It's a brew pub, after all. I sat at the bar and was pleasantly and professionally served by Tiffiny, who knew her beers... all of which on tap are brewed on site. I jokingly asked her for a Bud Lite, which to me tastes like distilled water, and she barely laughed. So I actually started with a very good crafty flavored Porter, very good, but I'd prefer Guinness or, better yet, Murphy's. But the local stuff was good, too. To eat, I had a yellow fin tuna sandwich, medium rare, with mayo, capers, red onions, plus fries. It was just okay, and the fish hardly fit the plain white bun, which I would have toasted a bit or replaced with something more interesting, even a kaiser roll. The tuna needed a lot more zip and the fries were not as good as the ones at Noshville, the deli close by on Broadway. Maybe some cole slaw, a usual accompaniment to fish which was not served here, would have helped. I washed down the sandwich with a pint of Chaser Pale that was very grassy, but worked okay. In summary, the food was uninspiring, but acceptable for a brew pub, the beer was fresh, crafty and pretty good, the atmosphere was fine and the service was excellent. Two pints and a tuna sandwich for $25? Not bad.
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