I find Alobar sort of frustrating. Three reasons:
1) The menu is kinda leaden. Not enough bright flavors to balance the heavy/comfort food. Does any menu really need a burger. meatloaf, ribeye, and fried chicken representing 1/2 of its dinner entrees?
2) The space has weird dead spots. Particularly the back right half of the dining room, just past the ktichen. If they seat you over there (next to a garbage can that's on the floor?), ask to be moved.
3) Despite a manager/host kinda guy roaming the floor, the service is consistently gappy.
I find John Brown Smokehouse sort of awesome.
Yes, the burnt ends will kill you. But whenever we switch it up we're pleased. The pulled pork has improved a bunch since they moved to the new location. The "cornbread" which is really a corn pudding, is incredible. The beer choices are fantastic. I don't really care if they get anything else right--they've got the meat, that cornbread, and great beer options. The place is legit.
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