Open since March 17 (St. Patricks Day), I stopped in last weekend for a quick lunch to check out the place. In the kitchen is the team from the former Luthers on the Boulevard (linked below). Some of the standards from Luthers are on the menu Potatoes OBrien, Roast Leg o Lamb Sandwich, The Reuben along with a variety of small plates and appetizers (e.g., jalapeno poppers, wings, pasties, fish & chips)suited to this more casual drinking environment. This time I didnt have enough time to try the brews. Tasters of four ounces each are $1 and the initial selection included Carolines Blonde, Cloverdale Ale, Ruths Stout and Opening Day IPA.
The place was hopping on Saturday afternoon. The bar seats were all taken as well as most of the table seating.
I tried the fried calamari, $6.95, and a lemonade, $1.75. The calamari was tender and expertly cooked with a light and crisp batter. The Korean-inspired soy ginger sauce with some sesame accents and chilis provided a tasty dip. However, the squid didnt show as well with just a squeeze of lemon as the unadorned calamari was lacking much sweetness or flavor of its own. It was good enough, but I found myself wishing Id ordered the lamb sandwich that Id liked so much at Luthers and which the customer at the next table was praising. The lemonade wasnt fresh squeezed and had an artificial taste.
Yet, I have faith in the kitchen crew and will be back to try more from the menu. I'm posting this somewhat prematurely before tasting more things here just in case anyone's looking for a place to eat on the way to and from Saturday's beer festival in Anderson Valley.
Ruth McGowans Brewpub [Sonoma County]
131 East First St.
Serving lunch & dinner
11:30 to 9:00