It was early afternoon on a holiday so itís not surprising that there werenít many people there but I was literally the only customer there. At one point another person showed up and sat outside.
The place is rather large with multiple dinning rooms (each with a different atmosphere to them) and a large bar. I sat at the bar and talked to the bartender about beer the entire time I was ticking away at my flight. Turns out an old friend of his is now brewing (or maybe just working, canít remember) at Allagash. Nice guy and the service was great, but of course since I was the only one there.
Lots of styles represented on tap.
Not much going on here but who knows, maybe theyíll have something you like.
(Visited 10/1009): Had some trouble getting to this place using Google maps thanks to the ridiculous amount of construction going on. Once I made it to the right exit, the place is pretty easy to find off I-94 near the junction of 21 (Milwaukee) and 45. Parking is plentiful in their private lot.
The exterior kind of reminds me of a dining hall except for the brewing equipment that can be seen from the parking lot.
The interior is rather large and stays with the banquet hall theme. There are multiple rooms, most of which are for table seating. The bar area has a sports theme with high tables and games, while the restaurant area(s) have more of a lodge look with wood, dark red colors and brick. There are murals with a heartland theme, hanging lanterns and high ceilings.
Flatlanderís has 6 beers on tap including a seasonal. There is a sampler of 5 available for $5, and the glasses are adorably tiny. The styles are lighter in nature (Lager, Wheat, Oktoberfest) up to a Stout. The beers are average for the most part.
Service was pretty good on a slow weekday late dinner. My server was attentive although he seemed to disappear for longer than seemed necessary for how few people where there.
My dinner at Flatlanderís was a build-it-yourself buffalo burger and tater tots. All in all a good dinner.
Overall I wouldnít make a trip from Chicago to visit this place, but it is worth checking out assuming youíre on the ball with the construction nightmare.
Was out here for judging of a competition and got a chance to check this out. The layout is kind of neat, big and open with lots of tanks and brewing equipment. ambience when itís crowded is probably not the best, but the service seems decent. about 10 beers on tap that were decent, nothing too showy. Pretty solid overall and will have to come back.
Had my semi-annual visit there yesterday. Always get reminded why it is semi-annual and not weekly. How does this place stay in business? Never anybody there. Its positive aspects are a comfortable bar with multi-tvs. Food is usually good or at least above average. $4/pint is actually low for this area, so that is a plus. Service is not difficult when you are the only customer, but when they get busy can be hit or miss. Negatives--Go when a band is playing, and you canít hear anything anyone is saying, so do not go for a conversation. Beer menu has changed slightly in last 15 years, and not necessarily for the better. They have like six regulars on tap all the time, and one or two "seasonals". None of the eight are good enough to make you go back regularly, which is disappointing, as that is all it would take to get me as a regular.
Very spartan bar area...no real decor...beers were decent, the stout was actually good...mediocre service, but the waitress was nice...cool patio...part of the restaurant (especially the bathroom) had the heaters on (it was 70 degrees outside) so my visit to the restroom was most unpleasant...
Stopped here on a roundabout trip to drop off some homebrew contest entries. Not quite a strip mall, but one of those village green developments where rustic looking buildings are surrounded by too much parking for any real sense of place. High vaulted ceiling make the place feel cold, decor not directed toward its beers. Beers themselves are decent. Way too far off for me to want to seek it out again.
I stopped in here on a weeknight, and the restaurant was damn near a ghost town (I did not spend any time at the bar, so I cannot speak for that). This was a rather large restaurant with an open, but not too welcoming or enjoyable feel to it. They had several beers on tap, which ranged from slightly below average to about average.. not too much range to íem. My service was slow and spotty (especially considering that I was about the only one in the dining room).. that could be partially due to the fact that my waiter was training some dude. The food was white tasty. Not bad, but Iíd recommend heading up to Mickey Finnís if youíre making one stop.
Sat at the bar on a Sunday (after lunch hour). Pretty much had the whole bar area to myself. Service was a little slow (surprising considering there werenít many people there and I was sitting at the bar). Most of the beers were average to below average. I did enjoy their Grand Crew (ha, thatís how the beer menu spelled Cru!).
Ugly yuppie-suburban location north of Chicago isnít the worst ever, but not far from it.....inside, the high ceilings, fireplace and Christmas tree do a little bit to dispel the sanitized, mainstream-friendly vision, but precious little....service is prompt and as friendly as she has to be, but no more (perhaps my pony tail, lightly grungy exterior and non-BMW ride generate some wariness?)....my sandwich is barely warm and the fries, adequate at best....the beer, undrinkable to forgettable....the place, formulaic, contrived and unnecessary. If in the area, please do yourself a favor and drive a few miles north to Mickey Finns; itís no masterpiece, but at least it feels like something built for an eating and drinking audience, not stockholders.