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Fermentation Equals Civilization: Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub (Cloverdale)

Melanie Wong | Jun 29, 200401:27 PM

Last night for the first time in a year, I made my way to the local brewpub for the Monday night burger day: A half pound Angus burger is $4.99. Got a small order of Brew City fries, $1.95, and a pint of Ruth’s Stout for $3.50 too.

I was happier with my burger this time. Still served on a very good toasted Dutch crunch hamburger bun from Franco-American bakery, the burger is now presented bare with no mayo. Fresh garnishes of tomato, thin shavings of yellow onion, pickles, and green leaf lettuce are on the side and squeeze bottles of catsup and mustard are offered to dress your own. This was still more well-done than my request for medium-rare, yet the patty was juicy, flavorful and grilled so beautifully, it didn’t matter so much.

The beer-battered fries were cut a bit narrower and stayed crunchy outside and creamy inside even when cool. I’ll note that a “small” order is a soup bowl filled overflowing, and I daresay that the quantity and quality beats out Mickey D’s super at this price. Plus, you get the special dipping sauce that looks like chunky catsup and is spiced up with carmelized onions, toasted garlic, a bit of stout, and chilis.

Ruth’s Stout was chocolately, deep, and amazingly smooth and creamy on the palate. Not sweet, it had a refreshingly dry aftertaste and long finish. Better by itself or with the fries, it took on a leathery smoky edge in combination with the burger.

The day’s special was meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy for $10.95. The clams steamed with ale over fettucine I had last year (link below) are now a regular menu item at $16.95. Each day of the week has a special promotion, as follows:

Monday – 1/2 lb. burger, $4.99

Tuesday – closed

Wednesday – Taco salad, $8.99

Thursday – Pitcher of beer only $7.95

Friday – Steak, $19.95

Saturday, Prime rib, $18.95

Sunday, Johnsonville bratwurst and fries, $6.95

Ruth McGowan’s Brewpub
131 East First St.
Lunch and dinner
Happy hour, Mon-Fri, 3-6pm, $2.50 pints
Closed Tuesdays

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