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JPR Mar 2, 2011 07:47 AM

Any input on this place?

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  1. agarnett100 RE: JPR Mar 2, 2011 10:32 AM

    Never had any of the food but a cool place to have a few beers

    1. bitsubeats RE: JPR Mar 2, 2011 11:24 AM

      I have been going to this place for a few years, but only just recently started ordering food.

      The fries are really popular here, but I don't like them because they are so tiny. I prefer my fries much larger and thicker.

      I am however a huge fan of the sausage platter (minus the cold potato salad), roasted pork belly, and shrimp and grits.

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        Pie Man RE: JPR Mar 2, 2011 12:01 PM

        I ate there last Saturday night for the first time in a few years and was disappointed as the menu was limited and the food and service upstairs were both very marginal.

        The beers were good ( but at $8-9 a clip they should be!) and the bar downstairs was packed. As we left we were thinking that BA has turned into more of a place to drink than eat.

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          WilliamKH RE: Pie Man Mar 4, 2011 07:24 AM

          What beers were you drinking? Their amazing house beers are usually around $4.

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            Pie Man RE: WilliamKH Mar 4, 2011 08:40 AM

            $4 is for the half size beers they sell in the restaurant. I was charged $18 for a full sized Resurrection draft beer and a glass of Red Guitar wine at the bar downstairs.

            The above plus the $120 dinner for two upstairs that consisted of a couple of salads, a near tasteless Steak Frites and a marginal piece of tuna convinced me not to go back.

            I think the praise and pricing for this place are based more on its hip reputation and prior chef than on present day quality.

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              ronandaim RE: Pie Man Mar 4, 2011 09:07 AM

              I just had the Steak Frites and loved it!

              While I'd have a hard time dropping $120 for a meal that I didn't love, I really do think it was the exception not the norm. Or perhaps they are having some issues with consistency...

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          ronandaim RE: JPR Mar 2, 2011 12:43 PM

          I'm surprised to hear such lackluster reviews. I've had dinner there (upstairs) twice in the past year and both time it was well above average both the food and the service.

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            reiflame RE: ronandaim Mar 2, 2011 01:24 PM

            Agreed; their bar menu downstairs is good too.

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              momnivore RE: reiflame Mar 4, 2011 10:31 AM

              +1 - I've had dinner there at least twice in the past year and have enjoyed it. I can't remember what I ate but I do remember that I would go back. And it really can't be beat for beers - both in-house and their selection of bottles. I definitely think it is worth a try - maybe dinner upstairs and then head downstairs for drinks.

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              Turkeybone RE: ronandaim Mar 5, 2011 10:03 PM

              Someone was saying something similar on Yelp about a month ago and I will just go ahead and repeat what Tom said there - "... we do not charge $8 for any of our beers. They are $3.25 at happy hour, $4.50 regular price."

              Though, I guess the 750ml bottles are more expensive.
              -Rico, sous chef, guy who is on the internet pretty often

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              stephanieg RE: JPR Mar 7, 2011 06:36 AM

              We had a WONDERFUL meal there on Sat. night! I have to say, I was a bit worried after reading some of the recent posts in this thread and even considered canceling our reservation, but our friends really wanted to try it, so we decided to go.

              The dining room is such a wonderful, beautiful space. I especially appreciated that the tables were well spaced-- even though it was very crowded, we could hear each other well!

              To drink, I tried the house-made Sun King. It was amazing, although with an 8.5% abv, one was more than enough for me!

              I started with the Tuscarora Beet and Blood Orange Salad, which was delicious. It included a wonderful, creamy chevre and a dressing described on the menu as Tarragon-Champagne Vinaigrette, which complemented it quite well. As much as I loved it, I think I actually preferred my husband's appetizer, the Miso White Tuna Tataki. The flavorful tuna melted in my mouth and was accompanied by delicious soy glazed shitakes. Our friends ordered the Salt Roasted Bosc Pear salad and the Curried Cauliflower Bisque, and loved their choices.

              As an entree, I tried the Marvesta Shrimp Noodle Bowl. It was amazing! Big, plump shrimp on top of delicious noodles in a flavorful, spicy broth. It also included what the menu called "shrimp balls," which reminded me of the tender center of a shrimp dumpling. Others in our group got the lamb shank and the utz crusted cod, and no one was disappointed.

              We ended the evening with 2 desserts for the table-- a rich, creamy cheesecake and a warm, silky butterscotch pudding accompanied by what the menu called (I think) salted chocolate and vanilla cookies. They were light and so delicious!

              I left the restaurant pondering when I can go back! Between the unique decor and fabulous food, it was such a wonderful experience.

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                venera RE: JPR Mar 7, 2011 09:07 AM

                I've been going to the Brewer's Art for 15 years and this thread perfectly describes my experiences over that time: Vacillating widely from awful service with great food, great service with mediocre food, etc. etc. etc.

                I've kept myself happy by strategically ordering plates at the bar area. Then I can enjoy the amazing house brews and a tasty nibble or two of stuff I know they do well without being POd by uneven service or a poorly executed meal.

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                Brewer's Art
                1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

                1. AlizaEss RE: JPR Mar 31, 2011 09:33 AM

                  Also surprised to hear lackluster reviews, although as someone without a lot of disposable income I usually just get fries and beers downstairs, not food upstairs. As far as the downstairs is concerned, Brewer's Art is a great go-to spot when you want to show friends from out of town a good time and bring them to an interesting place with home-made beer. And the "tiny" fries are the best!

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                  Brewer's Art
                  1106 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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