XL Grindhouse

Taps: 23 | Bottles: 150
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  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1529) Do Not Resuscitate, California | January 22, 2014| Updated May 7, 2015
Visited January 19, 2014.

I’ve stopped in old town three times over the years to go to Monterey Coast and never realized that this was here. It’s a stone’s throw away, if you have a decent arm, but really, it’s on the same block. What’s new these days is that they’ve torn out the parking lot across the street and seem to be building a parking structure. You might not think that a quiet little town would need this but they have some history (the Steinbeck Museum is next door to XL Grindhouse) and they do some car shows that get pretty big.

I didn’t even realize that this place served food until I looked at the ratings later. I was there for the beer. It’s a decent place. There were two people in the building when I showed up, one bartender and one customer (presumably). They were playing chess and listening to the And Justice For All album. Sounds good. I looked through the bottles for a bit (they had a number of the newer Bruery offerings) before going to the bar. They have about two dozen taps, most of which were decent beer but all I wanted was an IPA. I saw Stone’s vanilla smoked porter, Stone imperial stout, Ninkasi Sleighr, Firestone Double Jack and 805, a Lindemans tap and a bunch of others. I asked for a half glass of the Ninkasi but I guess they don’t do half glasses, so I decided to leave. One of these days I’ll stop in and check out the Steinbeck museum and have a beer next door, and maybe head down the street to get a bowl of artichoke soup at Monterey Coast. Prices are pretty high here so one beer will probably suffice. Oh, and you can take bottles to go or open them there.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 7/10
  • SELECTION 11/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 15/20
brokensail  (1366) Dublin, California | November 29, 2013
Just a couple doors down from Monterey Coast Brewing. Pretty empty on a Tuesday night. Maybe 18 beers on tap, but not much I really cared to drink. They have a handful of coolers stocked with bottles, but the prices aren’t cheap. Service was decent enough. Seemed like kind of a local hangout and it was obvious I didn’t belong. Felt like the music would have stopped playing when I walked in had it been in a movie.
  • AMBIANCE 3/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 12/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 8/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
IrishBoy  (123) Bakersfield, California | June 14, 2012
Old downtown Salinas. Pretty good bottle list and good tap selection. They really try to get great beers. Food and appetizers are awesome.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 14/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • VALUE 10/10
  • OVERALL 20/20
hannibalsmith  (1) salinas, California | February 13, 2012| Updated July 26, 2012
Great place, great food and awesome beer selection! 23 brews with many one off taps and/or barrel aged selections. Bottle list is bad ass too! Food here is enormous and over the top. Love the people and the cozy atmosphere. Definitively a place to hang out for a while!! Go here and love it like I do!

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