My wife and I finally tried Beast for dinner last night and came away pretty darn satisfied.
For an appetizer, we had the manchego cheese bits, which were amazing. Sort of like an Americanized version of a Spanish food (i.e. breaded and deep-fried). They make the perfect bar snack. For entrees, my wife tried the burger and I had the white bean soup, the grilled sardines, and the red peppers stuffed with salt cod. My wife, acting on the advice of her personal trainer, had stayed away from burgers for months, but said that the Beast burger was worth breaking the fast. High quality mean cooked medium-rare on a toasted bun. The soup was decent, though a tad heavy on the cheese. Sardines were grilled perfectly, being crisp and flaky. The stuffed peppers tasted wonderful. For dessert, we split grilled bananas and pistachio ice cream, which made for a nice blend of warm and cold flavors. Service was quick and friendly, with no errors or mishaps.
Prior to having this dinner, we had stopped by on two occasions for drinks. During happy hour (not sure of the exact time) drinks are CHEAP. We had Leffe Blonde for only $3 a glass, the most inexpensive I've ever seen it in the U.S. The cocktails were strong, especially the martinis. The bartender told us that the place used to be a Black Panther bar during the 70s. According to her, the FBI shut it down, and when the owner of Beast first began renovations she found shell casings in the cash register and ancient Rheingold cans scattered on the floor.
Every time we've been there, the place has been bustling, particularly on weekends. Hopefully, this will continue, because I consider Beast a welcome addition to the neighborhood.
For those who have not tried it, Beast is on the SW corner of Vanderbilt and Bergen, in Prospect Heights. The closest trains at the #2 and #3 to Grand Army Plaza.
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