I don't usually go to brand new restaurants. I like to wait for places to work out the kinks. However, I was heading to a show at the TLA, and I'd thought I'd give The Twisted Tail a shot.
The downstairs is pretty barebones but not bad. Repainted walls, some new lighting thrown up (with the too-long cords bunched up and tied). Photos of musicians on the walls. When we walked in, a whole section of tables were empty, but we were told there was a 15 minute wait for a table. Short staffed at 8pm on a Saturday? Okey dokey. We waited at the bar and realized 10 minutes later that the hostess didn't ask for our name. Odd, but no biggie.
We sat at the bar and decided to eat there. As you'll read, turns out that this was a good idea, as it saved us about 20-30 minutes . The bartender, Francesca, was nice and very attentive. Decent beer selection and interesting specialty cocktails. The Lynchburg Basil Lemonade was refreshing.
We ordered the kettle chip crabcakes, fries, sausage tomato flatbread and a bacon bleu cheese salad. The food took a while. The bartender came up to us at least twice to apologize and to let us know she was checking on the food. We were having a good time so I wasn't completely annoying, but we did have a show to attend so we were watching the clock a bit.
The crab cake appetizer is two small cakes with tomato relish. They were ok. Fries were sufficient, although I got a couple of rotten ones. I was a fan of the chipotle ketchup, not so much the rosemary mayo and the sweet malt vinegar dip. The sausage flatbread seemed uncooked. Soft, pita like bread covered with uncooked ricotta, tomato and "9th St. sausage." The sausage was the only good thing about it.
But what struck me as very strange was the salad. A large plate of lettuce with some crumbles of blue cheese. Not dressing, just chunks of cheese on naked lettuce. My husband had to use the rosemayo mayo fry dip just to give the salad some moisture.
They do have live music upstairs which we didn't have a chance to check out. So for now, I'm going to chalk this place up to a "fun place to have drinks".