Report Card: The Pint Room

The Pint Room

The Pint Room

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http://pintroomdublin.com/

Overall GrubGrade B+

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere:  Grade A-:  I must confess that I needed The Pint Room to blow my socks off.  It fell short.  That’s not to say that The Pint Room didn’t have a slew of redeeming qualities.  The décor was laid back trending towards upscale…but not quite getting there.  Tables were nicely spaced and the noise level was tolerable even though the place was fairly packed.  The interior of the restaurant was very clean, and since it was located in Dublin, the outside was just as clean as the inside.  The only issue we had with the atmosphere was that it didn’t grab our attention…it was a little bland.  Being two weeks removed from our visit, I am having a hard time remembering what I liked about the atmosphere, but I also don’t remember not liking anything either.

High marks:  Clean, laid back, tolerable bluster

Low marks:   Not very memorable

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Service:  Grade B+:  Our server, Meghan, did a nice job taking care of us.  She gave Katina some good advice on which type of fries to get with her burger.  Wait time was fairly normal for the food.  We didn’t wait real long, but we weren’t surprised by how fast the food came out either.  The B+ score reflects the fact that we reported some crab shells in our crab cakes and it was blown off like crab cakes are supposed to be served with shells.  At least we know it was real crab…but I don’t need a hoof on my burger bun to be convinced that I am getting real beef in my hamburger.  It would have been nice to get an apology for the errant shell – even better to get the appetizer for free since it was tainted, but you can’t win ‘em all.

High marks:  Good advice from server, normal wait time

Low marks:   Unnecessary body parts in the appetizer

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Food/Spirits:  Grade A-:  Katina surprised me twice during our visit to The Pint Room – both times by ordering drinks that I never thought she’d try.  Katina started with a Brother’s Drake Bergamont Blue, which is one of the mead offerings from Brother’s Drake.  Katina described it as tasting like a homemade wine with a hint of blueberry flavor, but without the dryness of wine.  For her second drink, she ordered the McKenzie’s Black Cherry cider.  I was waiting for her to rip off her mask and tell me where the real Katina was, or at least Ashton Kutcher to come out and tell me I was getting Punk’d.  The cider was really delicious, with a sweet and strong black cherry flavor.  As for myself, I started with the White Lightening wit bier, which was a really lite and tasty wheat beer.  I then moved on to the Thirsty Dog Cerberus Barrel Aged Ale.  I can best describe it as similar to Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale but with bigger testicles.  It had more bourbon cask flavor, deeper vanilla notes, and at 10% ABV I thought my teeth might grow hair.  It might be my new favorite, but I can’t find it anywhere.  As for food, we started with the crab cake appetizer (the extra shell was provided at no additional cost).  Aside from the errant shell, the crab cakes were very tasty.  They weren’t dry and were well prepared.  The ingredients were finely chopped, which gave the crab cakes a well-balanced texture and flavor.  The crab cakes came with a really tasty corn salsa and chipotle butter.  We both got burgers for our entrees.  Katina ordered the BBQ burger, and I ordered the Triple (neither of us had the balls to order the burger that came topped with peanut butter and jelly – that’s not a typo, either).  Our biggest complaints regarding the burgers is that you could not order one medium well…you had to pick between medium or well done.  The BBQ burger was pretty straight forward, but per Meghan’s advice, Katina ordered sweet potato fries as her side, and they came with a sriachi sauce instead of ketchup – yummy.  The Triple doesn’t come with three cheeses as one might think, but topped with cheddar, bacon, and boneless short rib.  Schwing!  It was awesome – that’s the only word that works here.

High marks:   Good drinks, great beer, awesome Triple burger, sweet potato fries with sriachi sauce      

Low marks:  Medium-well not an option, standard BBQ burger

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Value:  Grade B-:  Really good food, but nothing life altering about the burgers.  Absolutely some of the best we’ve had, but we used to get comparable quality at Fuddruckers (we miss you, Fudds).  We also had to ding The Pint Room for not caring about the crab shell in the crab cakes, which could have put someone’s eye out had we decided to start a food fight with them.  But overall, with over 150 beers to choose from, if you’re a beer fan you would be a fool not to hit The Pint Room at least once (a month).

High marks:   Reasonably priced, good quality food

Low marks:   Can find comparable quality elsewhere, crab shell

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2 thoughts on “Report Card: The Pint Room

  1. I go there every Tuesday night for a church small group. I had the PBBB&J the first time I was there.

    Let me say that as we have become regular, they have noticed and take care of us. A couple weeks ago, the manager comped us a round of drinks for no reason at all. The second thing that I think you should know about at the Pint Room is the tasters. You can order $1 (~3ounce) tasters of any of their beers. This has allowed us to really explore what they have and still be able to maintain our Christian witness as well as driving ability. It took us a little while to find that out but now we regularly go through a few round of tasters.

    If that sounds interesting to anyone reading this, stop out on Tuesday night at 6:30. I will probably be there.

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