Friday, July 10, 2015

Old Town Brewery

5201 NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Happy Hour: 3 - 6 PM and 9 PM - close, daily
www.otbrewing.com

Old Town Pizza has been around forever. (Forever in this case means longer than I can remember. Research shows it opened in the mid-seventies...which is far from forever, but still.) The brewery is much newer. Much, much newer. It opened just a few years back on the corner of MLK and Sumner, just a block north of Alberta. It's a beautiful building with plenty of seating--including a space large enough for private events upstairs and lots of spots out in the sun, too. They've got the same great menu that's available at the original location and service that will keep you coming back for more (because you don't just order at the window like before). And for the past month or so, they've been distributing their award-winning beers all over town. Look for their 22 oz bottles at New Seasons and Belmont Station or call in an order and have a growler delivered--by bike--directly to your front door.

Happy Hour at Old Town Brewery is available twice daily, but only in the bar. They've got plenty of seating in addition to the bar itself, but minors are not allowed. Discounts are available on both food and drinks--well drinks are just $3.50 and all pints are a buck off. We took advantage of the low prices on pizza, balanced things out with some salad, and opted for the fancy cocktails despite their regular price tag.



I ordered and enjoyed every ounce of the Hey, Tina!--grated ginger root served over muddled orange, tequila, and lemonade--but totally loved the few sips I had of the Go-Go Juice. Potentially the most ideal summertime cocktail, the Go-Go Juice starts with muddled cucumber and lime and is mixed with vodka that's been infused with passion-tea. It's then topped with just enough club soda and garnished with a slice of cucumber.



There are four salads available on the happy hour menu--that's nearly half of the food menu--and they are all between four and five dollars. (Plus, you can add chicken to a couple of the options for just a buck more.) I decided on the green salad but probably should have ordered the spinach salad (minus the crispy prosciutto, of course). It looked delicious with its candied pecans, dried cranberries, and generous amount of crumbled feta. The green salad did have plenty of veggie accents and was of a decent size, but looked pretty plain compared to the texture-rich spinach salad.



As for the pizza, you can choose between the original crust or the thin and crispy version. Both come with one topping and you can add one more for just 75 cents. The pizza is definitely meant for an individual (although they look huge in these photos), but with a salad to start it could easily be shared. You can also choose from the meatball sliders, a small order of their spaghetti & meatball (just one, I guess), or the garlic knots. It's a pretty substantial list, overall. And if you don't mind the early start--and you're traveling without kids--it makes for a decently priced dinner.

Food: Meets
Drinks: Exceeds
Service: Meets
Ambiance: Meets
Value: Meets

-b

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