I am glad to take this opportunity to answer a number of questions posed on the earlier thread on this subject.
It is indeed a working brewery. No one comes in and runs it for them. The brewery is right there in back of the restaurant. The beer tasted great; fresh, full-bodied and wheaty. It tasted as fresh as the beer in Germany.
The dinner ($39.50 prix fixe, $16.50 for child) consisted of
1. Housemade Mushroom Ravioli with Autumn Herb Butter, and some "microgreens," whatever they are, on top. It tasted fresh and delicious, with a lemon-buttery flavor to the sauce. Everybody got one each, which was OK since they're about the size of a coffee warmer. Anyway, Food Dog Child did not eat all of hers.
2. Mixed Green Salad with Roasted Beets & bits of Blue Cheese, or Butternut Squash Soup with Chive Creme Fraiche. All traces of beet and cheese were removed for FD Child. Sorry, we're trying as hard as we can, but for FDC the high points of restaurant-going are still the bread and butter (sourdough loaf), drinking Coke, and investigating the bathroom. I tasted what was left over and liked it. There was too much Fraiche in the Squash Soup, but I ate it all, so I must have liked that too. Food Dog Woman decided to leave most of her soup to conserve room for what was to come:
3. Roast Turkey with Sage & Sour Dough [sic] Stuffing, Candied Sweet Potatoes, Garlic Mashed Potates & Gravy, Green Bean Casserole & Cranberry Sauce. There were also two other options, but you know what? Who the hell cares? It's Thanksgiving, right? The turkey was moist and delicious though a bit salty. The trimmings were all very good. We ended up with a ton of stuff to take home to Food Dog Dog.
4. Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream & Maple Sugar Drizzle. Yum. There was Pecan Pie if you wanted it instead.
The service was very good. We arrived five minutes before the reservation time, and they seated us immediately, which was definitely NOT the case the last time we were there. That was kinda my fault for insisting on a window table. DO NOT insist on a window table unless you want to wait 45 minutes. You can see the ocean from every table anyway. The meal came with beer, but Food Dog Woman does not drink beer, so they allowed me to have hers. They did, however, charge us extra for what she wanted to drink, for the Cokes, and for the double Caps. Hmm. It ended up being $130 with tax and tip.
I interrogated the waiter, who did a friendly, professional job. He said that they recognize that the food sucked when it opened up, and since he's been working there (five months) they've done a lot of stuff to make it more what it should be. He said they're opening another restaurant this spring, Park Chalet, in back of the original so you'll have a choice of whether you want a park or an ocean view. There was also a very competent-looking stocky bald managerial-type guy going around overseeing everything.
The four-course Thanksgiving dinner is of course not representative of their normal menus. Yes, "menus", because he says they have several, for brunch, lunch, and dinner, with a lot more stuff being housemade.
I must add that I find it very odd that the two posts accusing me of being a shill and my responses have been removed, but I guess that's now life on the big board.
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