I have been to The Brewerie many times and had burgers, sandwiches, and main entrees, but never a salad. Amanda and I went in for dinner on Monday night. We were seated in the Tap Room side due to a private party in the other half. After we were seated, we figured out what we wanted to eat rather quickly and then had to wait for a server to finally make their way over to us. They looked to be a little short staffed and the servers that I saw were bouncing from table to table. Our server, Aurora, took our order and returned shortly with our drinks. Amanda ordered the Buffalo Chicken Salad and I wanted to try the Southwest Steak Salad.
The Buffalo Chicken Salad was a bed of romaine lettuce topped with a sliced chicken breast tossed in buffalo sauce. It came with carrot and celery sticks, bleu cheese crumbles, and two crispy pita wedges. The chicken was moist and had a great buffalo flavor, but the lettuce or the bleu cheese had an odd aftertaste (Amanda wasn’t quite sure which it was). Upon inspection, both looked to be okay, but sadly, the taste just didn’t match up. Bleu cheese with ranch dressing and tangy buffalo sauce is one of my favorite flavor combinations and the side of carrots and celery completed the “wing” experience. I just wish the rest of the salad would have contributed positively to the overall flavor of the dish.
My Southwest Steak Salad was great. Mixed greens were topped with a black bean roasted corn relish, diced tomatoes, and medium cooked grilled steak. It was served with the Southwest ranch dressing and the same crispy pita wedges. The steak was cooked very well and stayed juicy and tender. The corn gave the salad hints of sweetness throughout each bite. The black beans still had a firm texture to them which added another component to the salad. The spiced dressing helped keep the dish together and gave a uniformed seasoning to everything. Both of our salads were served at just around room temperature which seemed weird since there were fresh vegetables on the plate, but it still tasted okay.
Thanks to everyone who helped with our dinner. The phone number of The Brewerie is (814) 454-2200 and the hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to Midnight.
Until next time,
Andrew – Beard vs. Food