Although they have a blackboard outlining daily specials, I decided to order from the regular menu. I went for the Classic Burger "21A" with grilled onions and tomato 8.95 plus swiss 1.00 plus mushrooms 1.50 and a side of their house made kettle chips. Iw as on a pub crawl, I needed to line my stomach.
This wasn't a life-changing burger but it sure was good. The meat was tasty and cooked perfectly to my medium rare specification. The bread was fine and the generous pile of plump, juicy, delicious mushrooms added to my enjoyment of the dish. The onions were gently cooked which was another bonus. The kettle chips - a great idea, were less consistent. Here and there I found one that was perfectly light and crisp but too many of them were overloaded with oil making them a greasy and less appealing option as a side.
(the choice of side is included in the price. other choices included fires, slaw and sald)
Onto drinks. I ordered a spritzer. Ugh! It was served with mountains of ice in a tall beer glass using an obnoxious white wine. After my first taste I didn't even want another sip. Then I saw "it". "It" was a a slice of pretty, pink watermelon, adorning a glass of beer. It triggered a distant memory of a something I read last year by Fatemeh either here on chowhound, or on GastronomieSF, in which she described her love of 21A's Watermelon Wheat beer. I was sold. As beers go, this was a glass full of amber nectar, so summery, so subtle, so lip-smackingly good, even to an irregular beer drinker like me.
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