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farmerbrown chowdown

Windy | | Jul 27, 2006 06:19 AM

Two rotating tables of hounds arrived tonight for happy hour at farmerbrown. The place was slammed in part due to great reviews in last Sunday's Chron and today's Examiner. The servers seemed a little overwhelmed, but food didn't really suffer.

Drinks are half price until 7. Among us, we tried the hibiscus blossom (delicious), watermelon margarita, fresh ginger beer, and whatever the peach drink was.

We shared fries, greens, seafood gumbo, fried chicken, trout with green beans, pulled pork sandwich, cornbread stuffing, and mac and cheese. The mini corn muffins and biscuits with pepper jam also filled the table.

And for dessert, bourbon pecan pie and strawberry rhubarb pie.

Servings were large, and prices are reasonable. The check for the last group came to $20 each including tip and no one left hungry.

My personal favorites were the fried chicken, French fries, the first order of greens, and amazing pecan pie with fresh whipped cream and strawberries that had an almost chocolate-y texture. (I don't care much for pecan pie as a rule.) I was impressed with both the quality of ingredients and care given to their preparation; nothing was overcooked, and most dishes were generously spiced. Blue Bottle coffee was muddy, though, and cocktails were more innovative than memorable, or strong.

We did have to vacate one table (given to us as a walk in) and wait at the bar for a later one (which had been reserved). And given that we were sharing everything, it would have made sense to stagger the dishes rather than trying to fit them all on the table at once. But service was helpful and attentive. Music is on the loud side and only grew louder.

We were also the only table with a little girl. Given the instant popularity of farmerbrown, this might be a good place to go with a smaller party until the buzz dies down. They do serve late, and there were plenty of tables free by the time we left. All in all, very good food, and fun to meet a few hounds.

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