My husband and I recently visited the MSO and wanted to dine somewhere within walking distance. I tried to pick a place based on location and good reviews - sadly, many of the reasonably priced restaurants (including another popular brewery/restaurant) had only average to poor reviews. I decided to ask for recommendations on facebook, and my friends came through. Several suggested we try Rock Bottom Brewery and several of their friends chimed in that they agreed. I'm so glad we took their advice!
It's located in a older building in the heart of downtown, and was charmingly renovated. Tin ceilings and exposed brick walls add character. Yes, there are TV's tuned to sports on the wall, but their not blaring, so they don't distract. (We weren't looking for romantic dining, anyway). :) Everything was clean and neat, which is more important to me.
But enough about the appearance. I can't speak to the hand-crafted beer, as neither of us were drinking that night, but the food! The food was wonderful!
I ordered the Brewhouse Chicken: a moist grilled chicken breast with mushroom beer gravy and a stack of fried onion strings. This was served over tasty white cheddar "smashed" potatoes with seasonal veggies on the side. In this case, they consisted of steamd broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, squash, zucchini, and green peppers. I'm not usually very enthusiastic about the veggies you get served at restaurants - under-steamed, bland and boring - but this combo was perfectly cooked, flavorful and delicious. My hubby, who is a bit of a picky-eater, tried a bite of my meal was equally impressed.
He considered ordering a steak, but changed his mind at the last minute and ordered the Smokehouse BBQ Burger. It too was perfectly cooked and delicious; he loved the signature sauce with just the right amount of "kick." (After trying my chicken, he admitted that he should have had the steak, as it would have probably been excellent, too!)
I do wish my portion size had been larger - don't get me wrong, it was a good portion for the price and comparable to any "steakhouse" sized meal. But I had skipped lunch and was craving more of that yummy chicken.
I solved that problem my ordering dessert - a Chocolate Stout Cupcake. It's a big chocolate cupcake served with chocolate-stout fudge (yes, there's beer in the fudge sauce), caramel, and cream cheese icing. My hubby, who claimed he didn't want any dessert, somehow managed to get an extra spoon and sample some. We ended up fighting each other for the icing, because it was that good. :)
So, overall, it was a great dining experience. The hostess and our server were professional and friendly - without being overly so and hovering. The food was excellent, and we plan to go back soon. It would be well worth the hour-long drive.
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