Thursday, August 16, 2012
The PUB at Golden Road Brewing
Golden Road Brewery's Pub serves up some fresh, healthy fare that just so happens to pair nicely with the beers available. One of the great reasons to visit the pub is that you are able to taste beers that are unavailable anywhere else in the world. While Golden Road's Hefeweizen and Point the Way IPA are popping on the shelves of retailers across the city, there is only one spot to indulge in beers such as El Hefe Anejo , an ale that is actually aged in tequila barrels from Mexico! Tell me where else in L.A or the world can you find that? The Pub's facebook page is pretty active and they will announce when they are releasing certain beers in the Pub which is pretty cool. In addition to the Golden Road beers, there are several guest taps from some of the top craft beer breweries.
The design of the pub is very open, and the space has a very casual feel to it. Instead of having waiters, customers order their food and beverages at the bar and the food is then brought to you. Actually, having them bring you the food is a more recent development as prior to that you would get a pager and you would return to the bar to pickup your food. The outside patio area is a great place to sit on a nice day. The nearby trains that travel by add to the experience. Another nice thing is that there is a pretty big parking lot for customers, a true rarity in L.A
Everything that I have tried at the Pub has been pretty tasty. There is a variety of sandwiches, salads , entrees, appetizers such as pretzels and fritters and even a couple of desserts. The pretzels are nice and big and the accompanying dipping sauces are quite tasty. The fritters were tasty too, lightly fried with a melt in your mouth consistency to them. The menu is seasonal so it changes quite often. One interesting thing is that they do not offer fries , perhaps this is in effort to keep the menu healthy or there might be another reason...who knows the reason ...but you're not getting fries with that! As is the case at owner Tony Yanow's Mohawk Bend and Tony's Darts Away the menu is very vegan friendly. For many menu items one can order either vegan or non vegan. As a non vegan myself it's nice to have the non vegan option. Nonetheless even when you order an item such as the burger, you still feel like you are eating something that is fresh and relatively healthy...as healthy as a burger can be.
One thing that was surprising on the most recent visit to the Pub was that they were out of several items on the menu. The strange thing is that it was in the middle of the day. Since they are open until 11pm, it kind of makes you wonder how they are able to feed the night time crowds, maybe they get deliveries in the afternoon. Or maybe they hope that their patrons won't care once they have another beer! The Pub at Golden Road is definitely a place to check out and is worth the drive. Plus is kid friendly too and there is even a dog area on the front patio. So bring Fido and Grandma and Junior! Whether you are vegan or carnivore, indulger or teetotaler there's something for everyone at The Pub at Golden Road.