George and the Dragon
Last night, my husband and I ventured out to try the new George and the Dragon with a friend. It is fairly close to our house, so we were hoping to find a new local standby.
First, beer list. I think we are spoiled by so many excellent beer lists in the cities, but I was disappointed by the showing. While there was the obligatory local brews, including Harriet and Summit, I felt that there was nothing new on the menu and it seemed very "safe."
For appetizer we tried the lumpia, a Filipino take on the egg roll. My husband described it as a "tasty taquito" and he was dead on.
For the main course, we tried the Asian Hangover, a pork dish with poached eggs; a roast with a stout based sauce and the salmon. While none of them we outright bad, none of us felt that the meal was memorable.
The space is lovely and, for those within walking distance, it is a place to grab a pint. I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again, however.
Finally made it to this place and haven't seen a lot about it lately.... thought I'd add my 2 cents.
Beer: awesome to see a place that serves (and advertises that they do) half pints. It's lovely to get a glass of beer, either because a whole one is too much, or one wants to try a couple of different options.... List was nice, with an emphasis on the British Isles but some good local options too.
Food: Again, going for the British pub vibe-- a rotating curry special, bangers and mash, but also some interesting things: a unique take on a bahn mi (with green beans and a horseradish mayo), various toasties... The "chips" (aka fries) are not to my liking-- too thick and soft for me-- but others may find them just perfect.
Service: very friendly, if not especially fast.
Atmosphere: comfy and nice, though on the loud side, if one is concerned about noise level.
Was there for some market research-- I won't have much to say on Chowhound from here on out-- and generally enjoyed it. I'd be happy if this was my neighborhood place.
forgottendreamr wrote " I think we are spoiled by so many excellent beer lists in the cities, but I was disappointed by the showing. While there was the obligatory local brews, including Harriet and Summit, I felt that there was nothing new on the menu and it seemed very "safe." "
i must disagree. they have ten taps (one is frost-top rootbeer) three are nitrogen lines (youngs double chocolate, old speckled hen and mojo from boulder). the nitrogen lines alone put George and the Dragon ahead of most pubs.
this place is well thought out and run by people who know how to run a pub.
i ate the beef rib toastie and thought it was excellent. the french fries are among the best in minneapolis they are big and crispy on the outside and nicely soft on the inside. apparently they took a standard potato slicer and removed every other blade to create a thicker fry!
they have been open for two days and are running smooth.... i guess you could say i am very impressed.