bytemesis (445) Sunnyvale, California | June 15, 2014
74 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 15/20
OK, so I didnt eat here, but I did want to check out the tap list. Did not see much to excite, pretty tame as compared to say Tonyís Darts Away a few miles away. A mix of locals and fairly common German/ Belgian stuff and nothing too special.
t0rin0 (1462) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 13, 2014
82 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 4/10 OVERALL 17/20
Visited January 12, 2014.
Another gem. Glad I stopped in. Before you can enjoy random/exotic sausages you have to find a place to park, which isnít easy on Glendale Blvd. On a Sunday there were some spots a few blocks away that were metered. They do have a small parking lot but I wouldnít count on finding a spot there. Also, Glendale Blvd is a divided highway so more often than not you canít make a left or a u-turn so just park across the street and walk. Oh, and there is a wine bar next door if you want to do that as well.
Iím not sure if I like this concept or not but you order everything at the counter before you sit down. Personally Iíd like to sit down and look at the menu before ordering if I havenít been in before but on the other hand it means that youíre guaranteed service. What ever. There was only one server in the whole place but she was friendly and seemed to do an alright job of taking care of the 15 or so customers in the building.
Most of the menu is fancy sausage and instead of asking for recommendations I just went with something interesting: hickory smoked alligator sausage. You pick two toppings (sauteed onion and sweet peppers in my case) and if you get a side you can pick a dipping sauce. And no, the $8-$10 sausage doesnít get you a side. Alligator is surprisingly fatty. Not bad but Iíll call it a tick and move on to the next animal next time.
The beer list is pretty good. I saw Angel City, Drakes, El Segundo, Figueroa Mountain, SIerra Nevada, and Stone in addition to some imports like Schlšgl, Weihenstephaner, and La Chouffe. Over all the list is kind of eccletic but there are some good ones in there. I went with the barrel aged amber from Indian Wells, mostly because I didnít want to pay for the bottle. It wasnít as bad as the usual Indian Wells offering so that was a plus, but I still didnít finish the glass.
Prices are pretty high here so be prepared. My sub total for one sausage, one small order of fries, and one beer was $21, add tax and tip and I paid $25 to get out of there. That said, this is right off of 5 and I will be stopping in again. Also, while youíre here walk across the street to Billís Liquor. They have a decent selection.