We finally made it over to E, B&B in Mt. Airy last night. Arrived around 7:45 the place was absolutely packed. I guess the 2 bell review from Craig Laban has been good for business! The wait for a table was 1 hour so we opted to go to the upstairs bar, and we able to snag two seats after about 10 minutes. We decided to eat at the bar, which was perfectly OK for the two of us.
I really liked the place and it is really inexpensive. The beers on tap are $3.75 for a 13 oz and $5.00 for a 20 oz. pour. A yummy plate of olives enough for two was $6.00 (you can order the olives served hot or cold) and a large traditional pizza (tomato sauce, mozzarella, and arugula) was $10.00. As a bonus, there are complimentary baskets of delicious cinnamon raisin bread that were placed around the bar. This bread is sooo good, with a hearty texture, not too many raisins, and a really crunchy crust dusted with cinnamon. It was a great match for the beer.
Really liked the flatbread pizza though they cut it up in peculiar rectangles rather than the usual triangle shapes. It may be because the crust is so thin it really doesn't have much stiffness, so even with the small pieces I found myself "folding over" the pieces which worked really well to enclose the pieces of arugula. I never had greens on a pizza before and really liked it!
As for the beers: There were 4 choices of house brewed beers and a half dozen or so "guest" beers. After reading Laban's column, I had to try the "Bradley Effect" though after tasting it I did regret choosing it. The bartender steered me to the De Raine Pore, a Finnish style Sahti, which she claimed was the best beer she had tasted from the place. It was a nice, light wheat beer, and would have made a perfect complement to the flatbread pizza if I hadn't already finished the glass by the time the pizza arrived. I wanted to try different beers, so I ordered the Santos L. Harper, which was described as "mild" and actually was a rich brown color with plenty of taste but not too heavy or alcoholic. Though, the flavor did overpower the traditional pizza which had a very delicate taste.
All in all, I'd say we'll return, but probably on a weeknight to avoid the crowd. Note about the partking. We drove around for a whille looking for a space on the street, After we found one, we noticed on our walk to the place that there is a municipal parking lot just behind the restaurant. Its not very well marked but its there just down the driveway on the side.
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