Stout Irish Pub
So this place looks pretty great.
Anyone been yet?
As promised I stopped by tonight. I loved what they did to the place.. I remember a couple years ago going into the Brass Taps, sitting down, looking around at the less-than-exciting interior and just getting up and leaving. Its warm and inviting, and they have a fireplace which is a HUGE plus in my pub-evaluation books. The service was great. The owner (? I think... he was Irish and seemed to be in charge) checked up on us a few times, and the server did the same. They were still working out some of the kinks (they were all out of the baked potatoes, for example) and the server was still getting to know the menu, but thats expected for a place that has only been open for 2 weeks.
Tempura veg- nice crispy exterior, but the sweet potatoes were undercooked.
Deep fried pickles- amazing, some of the better deep fried pickles I have had. Its also in a tempura batter.
Prime rib sandwich with salad- meh salad, and the prime rib was very fatty.. which is expected for prime rib, but not good when its in a sandwich and you can't just "cut around" the globs of fat. The prime rib itself, however, was very tender, much better than most pub versions I have had.
Beef dip and potato chips- Pretty good. Nothing special, really.
Meatball sandwich with poutine- I was so excited when I saw a big list of poutines and I asked if I could have one of them for an upcharge in place of fries... they decided to let me have the simplest plain poutine (not one of the special ones) for 3.99$ up charge. I agreed, but I wouldnt have if I knew how small it was. I got a little cup of fries with curds and gravy. The gravy was good, but for the small portion I wouldn't do it again. Also, they told me that after I ordered it.. and they agreed.. that the owner decided he wont do that upgrade again. Oh well. The meatball sub was pretty good, and I would order it again.
So, in general I think they have a good menu that I am willing to return to and explore further, but they have a few kinks to work out. They also have a really interesting beer list and a lot of tap, so I think it will be a great place to just go for a drink and a light snack. Let me know if any one else has had any experiences.
I too have been to Stout and likewhat they have done to the place. The owners are trying hard to make it work and deserve to be encouraged. That being said I am not sure that it will replace the HOP. It is a pub with a great beer list and typical pub food including great fries. They do still need to iron out some kinks but a great neighbourhood alternative. It will be interesting to see if the HOP can maintain its food standards and hopefully improve the attitude when they move to larger premises. meanwhile I wish the WICKS could get it together on the food front. There is room for more success in Cabbagetown
After reading these posts, i decided to pop by for a quick pint and to check the place out. It was pretty busy for a Monday, especially for only being open for a couple of weeks. I agree - they have done a really nice job with the design of the place - the arm chairs, the fire place. I liked all the micro-breweries, thought it was nice to have alternative beers.
Had the deep fried pickles which were nicely done in the tempura batter - didn't really like the dipping sauce though.
Service was really friendly, and the chef came out to introduce himself which i thought was a nice touch.
I am a west-ender, but i think i'll be making this one of my east/central spots.
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Popped in for an early dinner a few days ago...The good: interesting beer selection, rather pleasant, mildly distracted service...yummy poutine with great fries (heavy on the the salt), chicken pot pie was reportedly great. The bad: noise level was pretty high, I found it hard to have a conversation without shouting, the space, while "warmed up" from Brass Taps days, still felt a bit cold to me...the "stout burger" (at 17.99!) was possibly one of the worst burgers I have eaten, at that price point (or much lower!)..server actually said "yeah, we are thinking about taking it off the menu.." Um, ok. I would have liked to have known that BEFORE shelling out almost 20 bucks. I'm on the fence - not sure if I will run back for dinner, but drinks and snack might work out just fine.
Haha, I just had to jump in and agree with that burger --- like what the hell were they thinking?
In their defense they did comp it to me which was definately the right thing to do but how about not selling it in the first place. They told me the same thing about taking it off the menu as well.
Nice place though, they've really done a nice job with the space. Unsure if i would go instead of HOP though, that's a pretty consistant spot.