I know CBC has received a lot of flack here for not having the food to back up their fantastic beers. I've eaten here a number of times over the past several years because a dear friend of mine is a brewer there, and we love to support her work. I've never had a terrible meal here, but there has also never been memorable food, and there have been a number of times when the service has been lackluster.
Tonight was a wonderful surprise. My DC and I arrived just before 6, and while it was busy and loud the entire time (fairly typical), we had an attentive server, and some great food. We ordered the poutine that's currently on the appetizer menu, and while no Canadian would vouch for its authenticity (it included bacon and scallions, and the cheese curds were not more than melty smears that added no texture, but plenty of flavor), it was delicious. I had the duck "cassoulette", that was made with Maine yellow eye beans and duck 3 ways (breast cooked nicely rare, sausage, and confit something), with a rich sauce. The beans were beautifully cooked and all the pieces of duck were wonderfully crispy on the outside, yet tender on the inside. My DC had the pork loin schnitzel that, while a bit dry, was quite flavorful and the spaetzle and braised red cabbage that accompanied it were both fantastic. This isn't fine dining, but the attention to more local ingredients, and the interesting variety of dishes makes CBC a cut above your average brewpub. I'm happy to see their food continue to improve.
Cambridge Brewing Company
1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, MA 02139