Report Card: 101 Beer Kitchen

101 Beer Kitchen

101 Beer Kitchen

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http://www.101beerkitchen.com/

 

Overall GrubGrade B+

 

The Breakdown:

 

Atmosphere: Grade B: This was our second trip to 101 Beer Kitchen. We turned around and left immediately the first time we visited because the wait was horrendous. We got a lot luckier this time. The outer appearance of the place is pretty basic. The restaurant happens to sit on the corner of a strip mall, so there’s not much that can be done with the exterior. On the inside, the décor was pretty simple – chalk boards with various bits of info written on them and some stone walls. Tables were basic restaurant fare, and the dinnerware, while not overly fancy, was really nice and clean.  It’s a little difficult to discern what theme 101 Beer Kitchen is going for, but it appears like they’re trying to be a place where a normal Joe can go have a nice bite to eat and pound some serious beer. That’s perfectly okay with us.

High marks: Clean and comfortable

Low marks: A little on the simple side

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Service: Grade B: Our server, Meagen, was good but nothing memorable. We had minimal wait for food and beverages, and the tableware was clean. Granted, we visited 101 Beer Kitchen over a month ago, but we honestly can’t remember anything about her or the service, which means the service was fairly ordinary. It does bear to mention that we had some leftovers to take home, and the take home box we were given was absolutely silly, especially when considering the type of food we were taking home

High marks: Accurate and timely

Low marks:   Nothing special or memorable

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Food/Spirits: Grade B+: We started off with the pretzels for an appetizer. Unlike many of their competitors, the pretzels at 101 Beer Kitchen were actual twisted pretzels and not pretzel sticks. The pretzels were accompanied by a beer cheese sauce. The pretzels themselves were pretty good: crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. The beer cheese was a little bland, with the chives that were in the sauce dominating the flavor. For spirits, Katina ordered a drink called Lavender Blueberry Lemonade, which was tart and sour but drank very smoothly. However, don’t order this drink if you are in the mood for something blueberry flavored since the flavor of blueberries was almost non-existent. I selected a beer called The Poet from New Holland brewery. The Poet is an oatmeal stout, and it was a good one. It was thick and creamy and had all the characteristics I love about dark beers but more of them. For entrees, Katina selected the Carnivore Pizza and I opted for the redfish. The Carnivore Pizza is a twist on the traditional meat lover’s pizza. Katina found it to be a little spicy from the sausage, and both meaty and smoky due to the abundance of bacon on the pizza. The redfish came with dirty rice and black beans, which are two of my favorite sides. The redfish itself was a very busy dish, and I wasn’t a big fan after the first bite. However, as I continued to eat, the redfish grew on me. It was light with no “fishy” taste, and that allowed all the other ingredients in the dish to make their presence known, which is why the dish comes off as so busy. By the end, though, I was tempted to wipe up the remnants on my plate with my napkin and wring it out in my open mouth. I resisted for Katina’s sake. After a bit of a debate, we ordered the banana pudding for dessert. We were iffy because the menu description stated the banana pudding has merengue in it and we’re not big fans of merengue, but we rolled the dice and were pleasantly surprised. If you like banana pudding (and who doesn’t?) then you should give it a shot.

High marks: Great beer, good sticky rice and black beans, yummy banana pudding, delicious pizza

Low marks: Lavender Blueberry Lemonade might be misnamed, redfish very busy initially

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Value: Grade B+: The food was pretty good, and portion size on the pizza was generous since we took some home in that ridiculous box. We spent pretty much what we expected to spend on a nice dinner with a few drinks and a dessert. We would recommend 101 Beer Kitchen, especially if someone in your party is an avid beer connoisseur.

High marks: Decent portions and good price

Low marks: Idiotic take home box

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