Oakes (807) Vancouver, British Columbia | January 28, 2004
For my money, the better of the two Pizza Plants. This is because the bar is a totally seperate room from the restaurant. It's bigger, too. Foodwise, same salty, greasy, filling fare. Beerwise, same mix of good micros and rare good micros.
Transit location has more taps than Main Street, more better beer, a much bigger bar area and Mike as the manager who knows his beer. The girls have learnbed to pour a pint. Strong beers are limited in serving size to 8 oz. The taps have short lines and there is little gas in the mixture, so there is no overcarbonation of beer. Less bottles than Main Street Small handwritten notes, but here they are on the board. But the next aft, the beer you came for is gone. The good news is something else is available thatís still very good. One hand pump. A bit less Tacky decorating on every square inch of everything, wall or coming from bar, with scrawled notes. Sports big TV rather than overloud music.
Stopped in for lunch on a Sunday, it was pretty quite. Service was friendly enough, but not entirely sure who made some of the beers - they offered a peak at their cheat sheet instead. (It was on the board I eventually figured out). Food was decent, I think I will lean towards making my own pod on future visits as I wasnít thrilled with mine, Mabels was better. Atmosphere is similar to Main St. with an Italian pizza place with a splash of sports bar vibe. Decent tap selections, nothing super rare but a serviceable selection of US micro brews. Less convenient than the Main St. location I think. Beer was served too icy cold, which I seem to recall was a problem at Main St, and many US locations actually.
Like those before me, this location is better basically because there is a hell of a lot more room to move and is not so crowded. Taps are rotating constantly with hard to find beers. I like how they tell you what will be up on tap next as well. I wasnt too impressed with the food, personally.
UDBeernut (303) Earth & Jacksonville (weekends), Florida | October 1, 2012| Updated October 14, 2012
Lunch with the wife. Large restaurant, with an impressive tap list, 40 plus a cask. Prices for the beer were reasonable. Food was a bit pricey but large portions made up for that. Service was a tad slow, but acceptable. Good family atmosphere... We will defiantly be back after wee baby Avery arrives.
When I visited: April 2013.
What I had: Peak Organic IPA, Victory Swing Session Saison, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, and Stillwater Stateside Saison on tap, Stone Cascade Dry Hopped Ruination IPA on cask, two Caesar Salads, Fajita and Chicken Sausage Pods, Carrot Cake to split, several sauvignon blancs for the Mrs.
What I liked: Insanely good draught lineup, delicious food, approachable no frills atmosphere, comfortable and private booths, nice crowd that minds their own.
What I disliked: Our server was clearly in a rush, they close quite early (12ish on a Friday night?), and the prices are a tad high, but we still enjoyed our time here.
Would I go back? Yes.
Overall rating: 78
Visited on a quiet midday Sunday last May, we sat down in a booth and nursed a couple new ratings while eating yummy pods/panzerottis. Tasty food, friendly service, fair selection of brews all combined for a pleasant experience. Would be a good local pub, depending on how often they rotate their selection, but solid regardless.
A: The bar area can hold about 18-20 people plus table seating around it. There is craft brewers decor around the area. Not a total craft beer nerd haven as it caters to their food patrons primarily.
Q: The beer quality is decent as the beers are served at proper carbonation and very few macros.
S: Decent service, some bartenders know their stuff and some go through the motions of whatever they have been told to say.
S: The beer selection is decent as they get some beers that you dont typically see anywhere else in WNY, but they also have some common and local stuff on tap too. 30 taps from a wide variety including a cask tap too.
F: The food is decent but nothing you really would go out of your way for.
Value: They ride the line between pricey and expensive on all of their beer selections. Something that can be had elsewhere locally is typically a buck of two more and they have a other beers where they not only over charge for but serve at smaller sizes.
Overall, I go to Pizza Plant once in a while to see if they have anything different on tap but there are better selections (and cheaper in cost) not far away.
IPFreely (143) Sanborn, New York | January 29, 2004| Updated February 13, 2004
Nice that the bar is totally separated from the rest of the place. Nice taps, different for the area and constantly rotating. I also like that they have a chalkboard featuring the beers they'll have on each tap when that one runs out. They also sell some nice glassware such as Ommegang and that big dimpled mug by Lowenbrau. The food was quite good, get a pod. Nice place.