Not just your standard UNO Grill, there is a small brewery tucked into the side just past the main bar. We visited during the cask ale festival, where the brewer poured ten beers from his place and from a handful of local breweries. Not crowded at all, which was a very pleasant change from the throngs that seem to pack festivals these days. Beers were tasty. Worth a stop any time.
Located right off Highway 1, this Uno is located near a bunch of other chain-type restaurants. After you get the íturn right to turn leftí thing down, head on over here because this is the only Uno I know of that brews their own beers! Parking shouldnít be a problem.
The atmosphere is similar to most other restaurants in the chain. The bar is separate from the restaurant and has TVs above it. There is a lot of brick inside and they have some of their beersí logos painted on the walls which I thought was a nice touch.
Now the beer. I was expecting a half-assed attempt at some brewpub-type beers but I was surprised that most of the beers were above average. You can purchase a sampler of all the beers in rotation for $5. I thought the IPA and Porter were well-done. Thankfully the &quo;Uno Amber&quo; was nowhere to be found.
It was pretty slow on a Tuesday night and the bartender was pleasant and knew the beers pretty well. She was even kind enough to lend me a pen and paper to write down my beer notes since I forgot to bring them.
The food at Unoís is consistent. It isnít stellar but it isnít bad either. It is the same quality you get from places like TGI Fridayís, and around the same price too.
Overall this was a nice find. Now I can only hope that the rest of the chain follows suit and starts brewing!
I must confess not having tried their pizzas, but they looked rather generic having seen them in highway rest areas. Rather generic atmosphere canít fail, but let you know youíre in a chain. Bland, wannabe italian decorum. I have only tried two of the 7 beers that were on and they were standard, well-brewed example of their respective styles. On the bright side, I canít believe how cheap the beers were. We were in some kind of happy hour period and they were apparently half-price. That means 1.75 a pint! Double that and it would have been a very reasonable price indeed. I expect to need to bring out an extra dollar bill for the tip when I bring out a five for a pint, but taking two pints here meant that I almost wondered whether I was overly generous not to remove a few coins from the change that came back from the five dollar bill. Incredible. And very close to Oak tree Liquors, so I recommend to check it out if youíre close, but Iím afraid your experience depends entirely on which seasonal beers are on when youíre in.
Yes itís a chain pizza place (one of the better oneís by the way)...but this location is "not" like any of the others...they brew their own beer!. Although this may not be a secret to locals and long time customers...itís a rare thing for a chain to allow one of their locations to break the mold. Although Iíve been aware of this place for some time...it was the "chain" mentality that kept delaying a visit. Luckily I was there yesterday for the 3-4x/yr cask ale event. Boy was it worth the trip! Great cask ales from Kane, Carton, Flying Fish, Climax, Bolero, & of course UNO. All the beers were great & several featured variations from the standard recipe of that name (ex. Bolero added pecans & maple syrup to one of their standard recipes). The best part was talking to the people who came...regular beer nerds like me...along with people from Flying Fish, Bolero, and others. Chris the brewer at UNO is a very nice guy & enjoys answering beer questions. Although I canít guarantee your experience will be as good as mine every time...this place is definitely worth a visit.
I stayed in Linden overnight and swung by to try the beers. I drove by several times over a few months thinking they were like all the other Unoís, calling themselves a brewery when they only serve and contracted house ale. Not here, they offer six beers on tap, all brewed on premise. Out of the six I had, 2 were above average. The others were just ok. Typical chain restaurant bar vibe. I did not eat, since I am from the Chicago area. The pizza is not the same recipe or quality as the Orginal Pizzeria Uno or Due. It is a chain that uses the name only, so I woní t eat their pizza out of principle. Worth a stop if you are the area, but donít go out of your way.
Basically like any other Pizzeria Uno, except for the fact that they also brew their own beer. I had the IPA while there and took the 32 Inning ale to go. Decent selection. I wish all Pizzeria Unos brewed.
Very good service. Nice, helpful and friendly man behind the bar who knew what he was talking about. Atmosphere was suprisingly nice for a restaurant chain. Nice brick walls, wooden interior, copper vessels int he back. Food is good, avererage pub food. Selection is pretty good for a brewpub.