after4ever (230) Brier, Washington | February 28, 2010
62 AMBIANCE 3/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 7/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 13/20
Itís pretty hard to dislike this place for anything other than the fact that it all seems to have come boxed up in a build-a-bar kit, but thatís how it always is with a chain place. You go in knowing that, and, once you decide to go for whatever reason, you relax your hopes of finding some truly unique character to the space. That way, if you do find something awesomely personal, you can be pleasantly surprised. No surprises here, but nothing serving as a huge drawback either. They do, though, have a talented brewer in the house. His best kegs tend to show up in beer nerd hangouts, rather than on premise, as far as I know. The taps here seemed filled with corporate mainstream offerings, but theyíre serviceable as needed. The Mall Walker was on, the Abbey, the St Mickís. Anyway, the place: you walk in to what is in fact a mall, and makes no bones about it. Kind of a position of livelihood for most Rams around here. Itís right next to the front archway, in fact. Great big dining room with just a booth-high wall closing off the bar area. Huge banks of flat screen around the top of the bar back, which is in the round. 25 foot glass walls separate the brewroom. Showy. The food is passable corporate pub grub, hamburgers are the safest bet for those looking for flavor. Ribs, cheesy/dippy appetizers, and so on. I can easily see going back to this place, especially when thereís a game or something--if nothing else springs to mind. Whatís very convenient about choosing to stop by the Ram is that you can see the parking lot from the freeway and decide to go based on crowds.
highibus (18) Vail, Arizona | August 10, 2009
76 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 10/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Found ourselves lost coming out of Ballard, then low and behold we meet up with i5 at northgate. I happen to know there is a Ram there. So the family and I stop in for lunch. Big open typical mall brewpub set up. But nice. Somewhat corporate, but clean and well run. Food was pretty darn good and the beer was decent as well. Good kids menu.