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mkfisher | Mar 9, 201510:04 AM

We made our first visit to Townsman on Saturday night. I'd normally be hesitant to post about a place so new, but Townsman was so solid that I'm throwing that rule out the window. It reminded me of Alden & Harlow in the early days. Just really solid execution and a staff that was focused on hospitality. It's a nice space. A bar and lounge area when you first walk in. Then followed by the charcuterie bar (I could see some people finding the lighting a little too bright there, but it would not bother me). Then the main dining room. Chef was front and center expediting, which I think people will enjoy.

I was slightly underwhelmed with the beer list, but that's just me being a beer nerd. I would have liked to see them feature some less traditional offerings, and the Mystic & Jack's Abby on draft were probably $1 too high ($8 for what looks like a 13 or 14 oz pour). Wines seemed to be of the less traditional variety, but that's where my knowledge ends. Cocktails seemed interesting. My negroni was well made.

The ham board was spectacular. It came with biscuits, fried pickles, regular pickles and some pickled veg. The pierogis and deviled eggs were also tasty, both coming with a similar white sauce.

When we go back, we're ordering the hen. It looked crazy good.

Alden & Harlow
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