after4ever (220) Brier, Washington | July 19, 2012
66 AMBIANCE 5/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 6/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 9/10 OVERALL 14/20
Iím going to skew high on this place, and Iíll you why, because it might not be exactly what everybodyís looking for:
Laid-back vibe: Comfortable, casual seating. Feels like a living room.
Great beer selection. Just 8 taps, but well-chosen for mainstream drinkers and the more adventurous alike. Quite a few good things in cans and bottles.
Looks like a great wine and cocktail lineup too.
Mellow service. You feel like youíre at a friendís house. Welcoming.
Decent pub grub. We had sliders, tacos, and a killer cheese plate.
This place has a cool little courtyard out front--yep, construction is finally finished. Seating, plants, beautiful western exposure that makes the most of sunny summer evenings.
Inside, the layout is exactly the same as The Winged Pig was. Itís been the Milltown since January of 2012, but they still have a pig with wings right inside the front door. Thereís still a dutch door at one end, and thereís still the rabbit warren of one bar and two dining rooms that feel like living rooms. There are restaurant-style tables for two and four, and there are wingback chairs and davenports for those looking to relax a little more thoroughly. I love places that pull off this living room vibe without being too obvious about it. Itís a bit of a labyrinth when itís not crowded; youíre zig-zagging between furnitureses. But when it fills up a bit, everybody has their own area, which is nice.
The food is plenty solid. The corned beef sliders were a cool, tasty snack, and so were the shredded pork tacos. The real star was the cheese and meat plate, though. For $14, you actually get $14 worth of cold cuts, almonds, and some very well-edited cheese selections, along with some small rounds of french bread. There are a couple of flat screens showing the game at civilized volumes. This is a great place to come get a pint and eat well while you enjoy it. They do a good job of searching out interesting kegs to pour, because these guys used to run a brewery (Twin Rivers in Monroe). Itís a very laid-back place, and that puts it right where I want it.