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Mar 18, 2010 09:52 AM

American Craft (formerly Roadhouse BBQ) question

For anyone who has been to the latest reincarnation of this space, does it still have all of the TV's in the dining area? I thought it would be a good spot to watch some March Madness.


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  1. How long since they changed? The new menu looks VERY promising!


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    1. re: Science Chick

      Yes but the owners of that place are notorious for neglecting food and service.

      1. re: StriperGuy

        I agree and disagree with your sentiments.

        I like PH only for the beer but definitely think the food has gone way downhill.

        I also think that the bald headed guy who works at Provisions needs to smile every once in a while...He epitomizes the problem with their properties.

        That said, the saving grace is Roadhouse, now Craft. Chris, the GM, is seriously one of the nicest guys in town and the staff has always been super friendly to me. I went for the first time as Craft the other night and loved the room, had GREAT service, and really liked the steak tips. The fries were pretty stellar, although the burger was eh- just not a fan of big bulky brioche buns, but that's my own personal taste.

        1. re: Mr Bigglesworth

          I agree wholeheartedly. I love public house's atmosphere and beer (especially now that they've added more British and German beers), but I was really impressed with the service and more low key atmosphere when I went to American Craft recently. The bartenders were really friendly and happy to talk about the different beers without giving off the holier than thou vibe that I feel presides at Publick House.

          I haven't tried the food other than the fries and wings, but I think American Craft is going to be a great mellow option to have around.

          Publick House
          1648 Beacon St, Brookline, MA

          1. re: Mr Bigglesworth

            Agreed -- room looks nicer now, and some of the very best fries I've seen come with a burger. The burger itself tasted good but I agree about the bun. Perhaps the beef is a notch above what others use, I'm not sure, but $11 for a pub burger BEFORE toppings (where a microscopic slice of cheddar is $1, and bacon is $3)? My eyebrows raised a little. The burgers are all build-your-own, in the style of Publick House's mac and cheese.

      2. To answer the OP's question, yes they do still have TVs, though I'd say not quite as many. And they would be muted, I'm sure.

        1. SO other and I went the other night for a drink and an app, I think it was a Tuesday night.
          The place was pretty quiet, which was great. Yes, yes a beer place and we both ordered non-beer items (wine/mixed drink). SO thought the drink was strong, but good for sipping and taking our time.
          We felt compelled to order since the food that was coming out looked delish.
          We got the fried oysters....
          they came out looking delicious...they tasted....not delicious. There were about 6 oysters. Pretty sandy and gritty, and with the cornmeal crust I felt like I was eating sand, and a lot of it. They were served in this great little cast iron skillet (where do you get these?!!) atop alot of aoli-I love aoli but NOT when it's warm (so essentially warm mayo-gag).
          but the DINNERS looked awesome and we had higher hopes for that...we might go back??
          So the total for interesting oysters and 2 drinks was 34 bucks with tip.
          liked the atmosphere though....cozy.

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          1. re: cookfood

            For $34 bucks, for 2 drinks and 6 oysters?... you better've liked the atmosphere!

            American Craft
            1700 Beacon St, Brookline, MA 02445

            1. re: okra

              thank you for validating my sticker shock....although it was not expressed in the post...
              we then went down the street to el pelon and got amazing 5 buck burritos for dinner :)

              1. re: okra

                After tax and tip, it's not that bad is it? You figure something like $10, $10 and $8, $1-2 tax, and $5 or $6 tip.

                1. re: Joanie

                  great breakdown! thanks for doing this. we have been there 3x and have had the burgers each time, with great results.

              2. re: cookfood

                You can get those little pans I believe at Eastern Bake Supply, or China Fair in Newton.

                China Fair
                2100 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA