LinusStick (64) Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania | November 19, 2006
My restaurant of choice in Pittsburgh. Their bleu cheese is like no other and I have, on occassion, gone in and just bought a container of bleu cheese to go to eat with celery. They have a good selection of micro brews in bottles to go (for 12.00) but it only includes a certain panel. The good stuff (the rares and seasonals) must be purchased separately. I go there at least 5 times a month for wings. Awesome.
Ambiance is good, but to only sit at the bar. Service is great if you have Lucy as your bartender. Selection can be better, but depends on the season. Good place thatís not too crowded outside of happy hour.
Location was not what I was expecting. They carved the restaurant it of the corner of a nondescript office building. The inside is all Mad Mex which is typical Rlph Steadman inspired lunacy. The food as always is awesome. The prices are a bit high. The service was a bit hit or miss. The tap list at this location had a bit more on crwp than Iíve seen at other locations. Iím nit sure why this is the highest rated location. Iíd give that honor to the north hills location.
Atmosphere is colorful and trendy. They technically have no samples or sampler, however my waitor just kept on bringing them. My casadilla was pretty good, and the cheese dip has some kick and is very cheddary. It was a friday night and they were busy, but we got a seated, got an appitizer, and received our food timely. The selection was nothing spectactular, however in a state where beer is expensive they are reasonable. They have a happy hour from 4:30 am to 6:30 pm and also a mix match six-pack for what is currently $14 (reasonable).
Excellent place to sample different beers. Nice selection of IPAís, including Troegs Scratch 43, and Mouflan Barley Wine, among others. In all, 24 taps they rotate about half of them, so worth stopping in at least once a week. They have a nice menu with good food. I suggest hitting their happy hour specials (daily) for half off all drafts. Service is informative and helpful.
Visited whilst meeting a pretty girl for a drink before she caught a flight out of the city. This Mad Mex location sits in the middle of a giant suburban sprawl mall complex in the cityís west region; obviously near the airport. As it was happy hour on a Friday, the place was quite busy, but not so much so that it was tough to get a drink. The selection consisted of a very respectable draft selection of the seasonal and special offerings from some of Americaís best craft brewers (Rogue, Bear Republic, Bellís, etc). Normally, the prices are far too high at Mad Mex locations, but happy hour brings 1/2 price drinks and free chips and salsa. The food at the other locations is generally a pretty good interpretation of Americanized Mexican, with a nice emphasis of fresh ingredients. Here, I only had said chips and salsa, but they were fine. The service was excellent, easily one of the best displayís Iíve ever witnessed at a bar. The barman was a true publican, selling the drinks; making recommendations; remembering the names of regular patrons, as well as newbies like me; and generally getting drinks out as quickly as humanly possible. Ambiance of the place is dim, fairly trendy, and very lively. Definitely worth visiting.
The food is Tex-Mex. The menu is interesting and a good part of it caters to health conscious folk. Small, tube televisions scattered about the place. The theme is Aztec, Southwestern and "left-of-center cool." The tap selection is diverse and has some top tier stuff (i.e. Southern Tier Imperial Choklat, DFH 90 Minute IPA, Stone Ruination, etc.) The service was great and I was provided with 3 oz. free samples of the beers I was unfamiliar with. Really nice place!
KornDogg (25) Lancaster, Pennsylvania | October 5, 2008| Updated October 9, 2008
If you are a newbie when it comes to microbrews, this is the place to go... Happy Hour is great at this Robinson location, Half price brews and a good selection that is always changing gives you a great opportunity to try new things. Happy hour brings in a nice business crowd and a few college kids with great taste. The Food is good but I usually would only nibble on chips with my beer...
One of my locals, always nice and dark, appreciated it more before they went non smoking (as of 3/1/08), but I am a damn dirty smoker, so... yeah. Always a nice selection of IPA, food is above average. Service can be spotty on busy nights, but for the most part pretty good.