Upon the urging of about a half dozen people I went to Emma's Ale House today for lunch with my brother. It was a little later lunch than usual (1:30). I got there before my brother an stood in the doorway. Near the host/hostess stand. Five minutes went by and nobody asked me if I wanted a seat. My brother arrived and being that I only saw one waiter in the five minutes I was there and a full house, we opted for the bar. The bartender couldn't have been more accomodating.
Took a look at the menu and the first thing that struck me were the prices, but for good food, who cares. I did notice a lunch special of Chicken Marsala with mashed potatoes and grean beans for $20. My local deli makes this every day and it's $7 and the best I've ever had so I passed and went with what was suggested to me. We both had french onion soup to start. The soup was very salty, had barely no onions and very little bread, but the taste was not bad by any means. Just too salty. I've had better and had worse. We ordered "Emma's burger", which comes with shredded lettuce, a sliced of pickle and fries - $12 Each additonal toping was $1.50. So I got the one with bleu cheese & bacon. My brother got one with pepper jack, bacon and fried onions. He ordered his well, I ordered mine medium. Both came out perfectly cooked, which I'm finding is a difficult find when ordering medium rare these days. Mine appeared very juicy, but upon the first bite tasted like oil. My brother isn't as much of a foodie as me and said everything was alright. To me the burger had an average taste, but the oiliness really became a turn off. As I got to the end, the bun had totally disintegrated. I finished the burger, but the soggy fries were not not very good.
I don't get caught up on ambience, but if you want to know what it is iike...put the soudnup on your computer, visit their website and you'll get an idea. The noise is deafening. Total bill for two soups, two burgers, one beer and one soda $75 ( after $15 tip). In an out in 50 minutes though. Doubt I'll be back