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Mrs. Curmudgeon and I went to Khaos on their opening night. Knowing it was the first night, we were pleased to see they were busy for a Thursday evening dinner hour. First impression on entry was "Wow!" There is a buzz of activity, and the...volume is loud. The playlist was great - 80's rock. The artwork on the walls is all freehand spray painted by a local artist - great look and vibe to the place.
The 'cade' in "Brewcade" comes from the wide selection of arcade machines - Crazy Taxi, Guitar Hero, about 10 pinball machines, several martial arts combat units, and others that I cannot remember now.
The bar is a full bar with many bottled beer choices, and a limited (I think 6 or so) number of handles, featured are the Khaos Brewing offerings and several local brewer's creations and collaborative efforts with Khaos. We settled on a WerkForce Pilsner offering that was just up our alley, although the Khaos IPA was a solid offering as well. They offer Coke products for those choosing to shuttle the drinkers.
The food was quite good, and served in the classic European style. When the dish is done, it hits the table. Thus, you're getting food that is freshly prepared, not sitting on a hot line waiting for the rest of the table's fare to be complete. We prefer this, and recommended that they NOT change. Not all of the options on the menu were available, they are still working the kitchen into shape, so no pizzas and some other options. We did have the calamari, the brisket quesadilla, the hush puppies, and one of the burgers. The brisket in the quesadilla is smoked on site, good sized chunks inside the tortilla with appropriate amount of cheese. The side mango habenero salsa is excellent. The second option was the hush puppies, cheesy, corn filled, and perfectly fried with just the lightest dusting of confectioner's sugar. Third on our table was the calamari - freshly cut and tempura battered. The calamari was the perfect cook - not tough or rubbery. Large width pieces so that you know you're getting calamari, not so big that they are cumbersome to eat. We did not get any of the cherry peppers in our plate, but I'd rather have the meat than the veg anyway. The final offering was the Corey Caribbean burger - two smash beef patties with a slab of grilled fresh pineapple, served with a side of a sweet jerk sauce for dipping the burger. Served a juicy medium well, and on a bun with white and black sesame seeds - this was a star of the meal.
Our impressions were quite positive. This new place will offer an experience that allows early evening dining for the family, and a late evening landing place for the group. Price for three apps, a split entree, and three great local brews was $60, so well within the "Mid-Range" pricing for the area. Being this was first night, there was a lot of training going on, and our server team was up to the task. We are anxiously awaiting the menu expansion as the kitchen gets up to full speed.
The location is right next to Chop'd, uses the same front entrance. If you want a quieter dining experience, Chop'd is the spot. If you want boisterous and loud, a great play list, and the chance to shred Guitar Hero while tipping a few (and I mean, really, who doesn't, right?) make the left when you walk in the door. Highly recommended by The Curmudgeons.More
Date of visit: March 2021
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Matt Rafferty, Marketing at Khaos Brewcade & Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2021
Thank you so much for the detailed and awesome review! We can't wait to have you back again and again!
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