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julesrules May 8, 2003 02:05 PM

I have Allen's on the mind. Somebody posted below to recommend their crabcakes. I've also heard that their burgers are great, and I love the back patio atmosphere. However perhaps we ordered the wrong things when we went: fish and chips, and ribs from a bbq special. Everything was fine, but $12.95 for a small serving of fish and chips is just too much. Ribs were also overpriced relative to other pub food in the area. What should I order next time? Should there be a next time?

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    danbird RE: julesrules May 8, 2003 03:23 PM

    while i haven't been to allen's in quite a long time, bear in mind that it's a more upscale kind of pub (better food quality in general, and reportedly one of the best beer selections in the cty). i guess that's what you're really paying for.

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      julesrules RE: danbird May 8, 2003 05:04 PM

      That's what I figure as well, but I didn't find the quality justified the price. Especially in the case of the small and very average fish n chips! Wondering if it's just that kind of place, or is it worth going back to try other items?

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        danbird RE: julesrules May 8, 2003 09:05 PM

        as i recall (from a few years ago), they do best at sandwichy-type-things. there was something served on a bap. a chicken breast of some sort? something like that. yummy.

        and the welsh rarebit is delicious. they used to serve actual roasted rabbit, too. yum.

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          pilate RE: danbird May 9, 2003 07:29 PM

          Allen's is a great place for a drink and the food is tasty but way overpriced for what you get. Granted, quantity isn't everything when it comes to a good meal, Allen's does truly skimp on the portions.

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            Fooberry RE: pilate May 10, 2003 10:55 AM

            They are a bit overpriced, by-gosh-and-begorra.

            But I've found that brunch is a good time to go. Some very tasty and unique items at lower prices than their dinner menu.

            And a side order of sweet potato fries is always a must!

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              bobthedog RE: Fooberry May 12, 2003 06:27 PM

              great burgers ,great scotch and beer ,great ambiance ,great patio, not great value

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                julesrules RE: Fooberry May 12, 2003 10:04 PM

                Glad to hear some agree with my initial assessment. I think I will go back this summer for brunch as suggested, I live in the area and the back patio qualifies as a respite from the Danforth!

                And how about the Auld Spot? Their pub grub seems like good value for the money, haven't tried the more expensive "dinner" appetizers and mains. Anybody?

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                  pilate RE: julesrules May 19, 2003 01:53 AM

                  Auld Spot is good. They servce a great rosemary sausage entree.

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          Biteme RE: danbird May 28, 2003 10:37 AM

          I can list off a dozen places that have "the best beer selection in the city" and they ain't charging 17 bucks for a a pitcher the size of an average flower vase. Allen's I've always thought figures it can overcharge the unsuspecting because people with more money than brains think it's a sign of "class" to be burnt by the bill and not mind.

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          burgerbabe RE: julesrules May 25, 2003 10:44 AM

          The best (perhaps only) reason to go to allen's is for the hamburgers and only for the hamburgers--in the back patio on a beautiful day.

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