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Sep 4, 2012 07:59 AM

I <heart> Lord Hobo

So it's been almost three years since Lord Hobo opened, and for a variety of reasons -- including less than stellar reviews here and an early chef change -- I never got around to trying it. Until now. And now I can't get enough!

It started a few weeks ago when I walked over for a beer. I guess I hadn't paid attention to how good their beer list -- both draught and bottles -- is, but the beer menu was the first thing to suck me in. I sat at the bar and thoroughly enjoyed a St Bernardus, as well as the great vibe. I have now been back four times in the last few weeks, and am working my way through both the beer and the food menu.

Of the beers, I have always loved Sinebrychoff, a Porter from Finland, and was excited to see it on the Lord Hobo menu. The Stone 16th Anniversary Ale was not a winner, but the Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale was, as was the Achel Trappist Extra (albeit at $30 for a 25.4 oz bottle).

The food has been consistently solid: fried chicken on biscuits (two with fries for a ridiculously cheap $10 on Monday night biscuit night), a very good burger, pan roasted duck breast (a special last week), and a veggie burger. They also offer a simple salad with chevre -- a fairly large serving, very nicely dressed, for only $6 -- that I have enjoyed. I'll continue to pay $30 for premium beers like the Achel when the food is this cheap, and solidly good.

For those of you who haven't tried Lord Hobo, or for those who haven't been in a while, I strongly encourage a visit!

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  1. FWIW - I thought the 16th anniversary Ale was one of the best beers of the year. So good I bought a case, which I rarely do given all the great craft beers out there. A matter of taste, I guess.

    1. Been a few times on Saturday afternoons this summer - really nice beer menu when they aren't doing some theme or tap takeover - always something hoppy on tap that I want to drink.

      Had a couple pints of Port Summer Ale on Saturday which was nicely hoppy and quite drinkable.

      Kind of dissapointed that some lagers come in pint glasses while others are in mugs. Asked for Victory Braumiester pils to be poured in a mug instead of a pint glass and bartender refused since he didn't have a 16 oz. mug - guess the .9 extra ozs. the .5 liter mugs they have was just too hard to figure out how to charge for it?

      1. Monday night biscuit night? Tell me more... I couldn't find anything about it on their website. Thanks!

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        1. re: gltsoi

          I've been on the last two Monday nights, and both nights they've offered a choice of fried chicken or pulled pork on biscuits. Two sandwiches and a generous portion of fries for $10!

        2. Well, it's been a good run. I've been back to Lord Hobo numerous times since I started this thread, and initially was quite enamored with the place. Unfortunately all of that has changed, as the quality of the food has steadily diminished over time, and I now am giving up on the place. My search continues.

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          1. re: Blumie

            The food has gone up and down in waves over the years. The selection and condition of the beer, however, has never wavered. I use it as a beer destination, with the food as a convenience if needed.

            1. re: jajjguy

              I hear you about the beer. But while it's hard to match the beer selection, I find that I can get much better food and an acceptable beer selection elsewhere. Russell House is an example, where the food is much, much better and I always can find an interesting beer that I like (although I do prefer a divier ambiance than Russell House).

            2. re: Blumie

              My experience with Lord Hobo is similar: Love the beer selection, but the food quality has just been up and down ever since the place opened. I live in the general neighborhood, so I wind up there about once a month for a beer or two, but the times when I eat there are rare -- probably only about 2-3 times a year. I had too many misses in the first 2 years, so I'm gun shy. Have had good experiences with the burger... but burgers are hard to screw up.

              I know they have a very tiny kitchen space and at first that makes me want to forgive some of the lack of quality on certain items. But then I realize that Deep Ellum puts out some pretty fantastic food in a similarly tiny kitchen (and also maintains a great beer & cocktail selection).

              1. re: huuvola

                Maybe it's time for me to cross the river.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Deep Ellum is very much worth the trip.

                  1. re: jajjguy

                    I've been to Lord Hobo quite a bit. I agree that it can be hit or miss, but I think the highs are higher than the Deep Ellum average, if that makes sense. Also much more convenient for me, so I'm not crossing the river on a regular basis. :)

                    West Bridge and Abigail's are not bad nearby alternatives with kitchens open late, or Green Street.

            3. I put it in the same realm as Publick House. Great beer served with indifferent hospitality; not sure I have seen any of the bartenders there show an excitement towards a beer or towards a guest that wasn't their friend. As opposed to Deep Ellum where the service is generally more warm and the beer just as good.

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              1. re: yarm

                Eh, take my order in a timely manner, put the beer in front of me without a 2 inch head *cough*deepellumbukowskis*cough* and I'm happy.

                My only complaints about LH is that sometimes they charge top dollar for beer that isn't in that great shape, and when its busy, the glasses don't get rinsed properly and reek of whatever cleaning product they use which just ruins the beer.

                1. re: LStaff

                  I've never had that glassware issue. That would be a problem for me. But I try to avoid busy times.

                  The service for me has been fine, certainly not nearly as bad as Publick House, which is sadly on my No list, but I do agree that Deep Ellum does a very nice job with service.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    yikers (you have sent it back, yes?) that's as bad as servers spraying ammonia products to wipe down tables next to you while you're eating.....