Not sure how I had not been to the Wrecking Bar Brewpub. What a fantastic building, they did an incredible restoration job. We peeked inside, which is used for events. The pub is below.
Huge whiskey list. Good prices.
We only had a snack, and we shared a pretzel and crudites with fondue. This really would be a terrible dish at many pubs, so I was pleased and somewhat surprised that the pretzel was great, the cheese wasn’t heavy or gloppy, and the vegetables and fruits were all crunchy and fresh. A really nice dish, actually.
Beets with quinoa looked good as well.
Another random somewhat recent visit (with photos I forgot about) was to Local Republic in Lawrenceville, a city I had the pleasure of visiting four times while trying to get a business license.
“Sir, are you signed in?”
“There’s nobody else here.”
“Please sign in and we will call you.” (I sign, sit, four seconds later…)
“Can I help [looks down at paper]…Jimmy?” (I stand up, walk the eight feet over to the table, hide the murder from my eyes)
A cheesesteak helps ease violent notions. Not a purists version, but great beef.
Thin bechamel style bacon mac lacks…bacon.
Mushroom toasts. A hefty portion of local fungi. Too much for one person, but I’d certainly throw in to share them.
Good beer options, though I wasn’t drinking, despite the heavy need for one.
It’s a likable place. Reading online, people up there go crazy for it. If I were a restauranteur I’d strongly consider the burbs. New-ish restaurants like Table & Main and Local Republic, with modern wine, beer, cocktail options and quality ingredients and progressive or fashionable dishes do insane business.