We were super-psyched to see the awesome deck located in back, right on the canal...lots of scenery for the Oz-man and a serene atmosphere for maxin' and relaxin'.
It was also the location of a momentous occasion - first time in a restaurant high chiar- for our newest member, Miss Stella.
Mommy and Daddy were very thirsty, so the on-draft options had to be addressed immediately. Libby decided on the Sun King Wee-Mac...one of the least hoppy selections available, and Fred, the Upland Rad Red. It is obvious the owner(s) favor the hoppy side as the tapped goodies were all pale ales and other bitter varieties -- even the Rad Red was on the bitter side, much to Fred's dismay.
First off, the beers were good...both Fred and Libby preferred the Sun King, with Fred moving to it for his second pint. Ozzy was content to watch the active canal fowl and visit the nesting duck in a planter on the deck. Stella proclaimed her control of the lotion(pictured above) and we all enjoyed a great start to the meal. The orders came out fairly quickly.
Libby was somewhat disappointed that her plate came out with brown edged lettuce and a few rotten grapes, but you can't go wrong with the high quality meats and cheeses. The nuts, apples, crustinies and raspberries were nice, but it didn't really feel like $13. It truly was an appetizer...more was in need. So, instead of ordering a dessert (of which there were none on the menu?!), we went with another appy that sounded awesome, the Pulled Pork Nachos with serrano pepper salsa.
Ozzy was pleased as punch that his mac 'n cheese was the oh so healthy Kraft variety. Yay. But he did luck out to get the same delish house-made fries. He gobbled it all up and was quite pleased by the experience...except he tried to get a little too friendly with the nesting duck and got a nip on the finger to put him in his place. Kids.
Price-$ - $$$, All over the board. You can get a good meal for $9 or $20.
Atmosphere-****, While we did not experience the interior, the back deck was fabulous overlooking the canal.
Service-***, Courteous, timely and friendly.
OverallFred - B, I would recommend the sliders to anyone. A steal at less than $10. But come on guys, not EVERYONE likes bitter beer and it was either that or the domestic swill.
Libby - B-, Atmosphere, great. Sliders, awesome. Nachos, a surprise hit. But the appy I chose, which took zero cooking and just meant throwing together decent ingredients on a plate, should never include brown lettuce and rotten grapes. Quality control can make or break a new establishment. Don't destroy a good concept by letting the little things go. There were a lot of bells and whistles in that menu description, but the proof wasn't on the plate.
Ozzy- A , Wolfed down his food, loved the freedom to walk up to the fence, look at the ducks, etc.
Estelle- A, Her squawks of delight in loud proclamations were barely noticed and she received lots of smiles from the other tables enjoying the fine evening outside.