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Townhouse Bar & Grill, Emeryville


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Townhouse Bar & Grill, Emeryville

anli | | Sep 30, 2006 06:01 PM

This place has been around since 1990, but there hasn't been much mention of it on this board. My husband and I went there last night at 8pm without reservations. The room is sizeable, with a bar area in the front and then 2 levels of tables. Our wait was about 10 minutes til we were seated. There were a number of diners that came in after us, so the place was really hopping.

Foodwise, the menu reminded me of an upscale Pyramid Alehouse, but in a good way. We started with an appetizer of buffalo wings which my husband had been craving. It was a huge plate of a dozen freshly fried, mildly hot wings with some celery and blue cheese dip. That could be a meal in itself. It was excellent (note- husband is from Buffalo and grew up on the stuff). I ordered the grilled salmon special (6 to 8oz filet with a salsa cruda, a few spears of asparagus, and a potato gratin), and he had the pork porterhouse, a huge chop topped with a slice of smoky bacon, a roasted sweet onion and mashed potatoes. Both were very good and the portions are very generous. We were too stuffed to even look at the dessert menu. The prices are a bit on the high side, but overall I thought it was a fair value. The service was fine, especially the hostess who apologized for making us wait for a table.

I forgot to mention earlier that the bread there is amazingly good. Slices of hot fresh crusty bread that tasted of a hint of corn flour(?) with butter, it was great.

It is a loud place, with wooden rafters. We noted several large tables of 12 and over. One fellow stood up during our meal and announced to the whole room that he was getting married and we all applauded. Another table was celebrating a birthday and everyone started singing. Then there was a solo woman diner near us who was enjoying an appetizer and salad. Their hamburgers are supposed to be really good too. We enjoyed the activity around us, but don't go if you want to have meaningful conversation.

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