Blind Lady (SD)
We made it by for the first time tonight. The place was packed and the vibe good. We ordered a caesar salad and the prosciutto pizza - perfect for 2! The beer selection is akin to what you'll find at Toronado, Hamiltons and O'Briens, tho IMO, not as extensive a selection.
Cons - the process. You order from a receptionist/cashier (I couldn't ascertain any other role she played) and they give you a number and a receipt that you then wait in line for a missing bartender to fill beers from. It's kind of beer centric so we were disappointed that it took so dang long to get a beer filled. This is a definite area that needs work.
Pro- community tables. Very cool vibe from mixed parties sitting together. And surprisingly, the noise level wasn't overwhelming.
Pro- Pricing. Decent food for the price. Our salad was $7 and the pizza was $11 and 2 of us were too stuffed to finish it all. Beers were priced similar to the 30th St brew pubs - maybe a bit higher.
Con -Selection... No Stone? Wassup with that? And as far as the beer selection- taps anyway - we found it to be a bit, meh. Had a 30th Street from Green Flash and a glass of Pliney the Elder. Really was hoping for a surprise or two among their tap selection
Overall, we'll be back and watch the progress but at this point, there isn't enough differentiation to give it preference over our more local haunts.
We were there too, last night. Had pretty much the same experience, and I agree with Mimosa about nearly everything. I'll add- it's a great place to go with your kids. It's not ChuckyCheese- you can actually enjoy the food, and there were plenty of kid with their families.
We enjoyed it, and will be back.
We went during a "soft opening" and really enjoyed it, I assume most of the kinks will get worked out since it is so new. I love the pizza styles and they use organic stuff when possible. The owner is the old Head Brewer from Stone so maybe he is holding off putting up a Stone beer just to get people talking haha.
I do think the beers are overpriced, hard to get away with that when there are so many 30th street places that sell the same beers for the same or less, but full pours (Blind Lady does small pours, I assume emulating the euro style).
I thought the pizza was good and I think they do have a solid beer selection. I actually thought it is a bit noisy in there and the beers are a bit overpriced.
I'll agree that the beers we had worked well with the food, but really hoppy beers don't work well at all and they have plenty of those on the list. My problem with their beer selection in general is that there were no surprises or special beers not found elsewhere...and for less money.
I thought the pizza was outstanding. The ingredients are organic and sustainable and the taste, IMO, was great. The beer selection was solid, although as others have mentioned, so many other bars nearby also offer similar, and maybe even better, selections. The beer pricing is definitely not outrageous, if it's a bit higher than other establishments on a per ounce basis, it won't cost you more than a quarter or two per glass. I found the atmosphere by far the nicest of the local beer joints.