Hit Deep Ellum last night on the way home.
Ordered the beef stew with homemade noodles which was $15 or $16 which I find a tad steep for a hipster place in Allston.
When the portion came I was pretty surprised at how small it was. Not really quite dinner for anyone with a half decent appetite.
The stew itself was really quite delicious. Can't fault it. The house made noodles had a bit of a texture that they had sat out a bit too long and dried out a bit.
The beer selection is really top notch. I had a Belgian Style Wit brewed in Maine. It was great.
I asked for some bread to go with my rather skimpy portion of stew. The Bartender asked if I wanted garlic bread? I replied "plain old bread is fine."
What came out was the tiniest, skimpiest portion of bread I have EVER been served in a restaurant. It was almost and absurdist joke. Two tiny slivers of lame french bread that the kitchen had toasted.
So I had a really skimpy portion of stew for $15+ and two bread crumbs. Figured I'd be nice and try again: "Any chance I could have some more bread."
And sure enough, the same miniscule portion. I figured if I ordered again immediately they might figure it out, but nah.
I was gonna stay and order another more interesting beer. Prices for which are okay, ranging from $5.00 or so to $8+ for some of the more special beers. I would have tried one of the $8 plus funky Belgian style dark beers, but was just so steamed about their apparent inability to actually provide some bread to their patrons.
The bartender himself was a nice enough guy.
As I got up to leave I said to him: "hey, you know those portions of bread were a bit small," to which he replied: "well we don't really serve bread," to which I replied: "you should."
Sorry, but with a tiny $15+ bowl of beef stew, the least you can do is give me a hunk of bread to eat with it.
I liked the joint. I drive by it 3X a week. But the whole attitude was just a bit too darn precious. I left hungry. Went home and ate some nice whole wheat from Iggy's. By the way, Iggy's charges $2.50 for a nice whole wheat pullman loaf. Maybe next time I go to Deep Ellum I'll bring my own bread.
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