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Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions
Taps: 20 / Bottles: -
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
1028 S Conkling St
phone: (410) 327-0760
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Stopped by Love and Regret for the first time and absolutely enjoyed my experience. If you like Belgium beer, and especially saisons, this is the place! Great selection of Stillwater beers and some other higher-end products (Embrasse oaked). The atmosphere is relaxed with exposed bricks and is very airy. Quality of beer is absolutely top-notch and the food was well-made (I had a veggie burger and my friend a perfectly made hamburger). A little bit pricey but you get what you pay for. Service was stellar from Ryan and the gang -- they really took care of me and were very attentive.
03-20-2013 17:25:23 |
More by wisrarebeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Sights on SAVOR, and looking for lunch en route. Thinkin’ maybe the new Strumke place. So easy on/easy off the highway, it ought to be an I-95 rest area. Like, right there, located just across the street from the Natty Bo building; you can see the one eyed Pringles guy logo as you come rolling up...
On a street corner not far from where I hope my car still is; enter off the side, let your eyes adjust and step down. Plopped in at the bar and looking up, thought “Thems is the people from the Lion’s Pride” (headline read ‘Ryan & Leigh escape from Maine’). I am pretty goddamn happy for them. They ran a great show up there, so I fig’ we’re off to a good start.
Long corner space, with marbled tile floorings, brick inner walls, grayish painted outer walls, drop silver pressed tin looking ceiling tiles with sunken spots, spinny fans in a row, black ducts, drop mason jar bulb lightings and a few bulbed lanterns.
A rounded “L” bar across the far wall; pieced slat wood topped, newly varnished, having held only 9 days of elbows on it, with a wide lip, grain bags looking base and a foot box. Seating for 20 on narrow wood stools. Barback is a counter like the bar; 23 taps; a row of non-descript wood handles on a jagged wide wood beam base to the left, with a blackboard on hinged door piece above. Slight booze tiered to the right, and Gin & Rummings jarred, with a large ornate glass piece mounted above. Apparently, it was the headboard from Lord Baltimore’s bed and some of the panels got a-broke from him getting, you know, busy (a crazy lie, piggybacked). And a single shelf with 7 house bottles in between. Glassware of all sizes & shapes shelved below the length of the bar. Flatscreens on both ends, and a framed wood Stillwater logo piece under chicken wire down past the bar.
Small fitted log & wood hostess stand, and behind it, just shy of a dozen shorty tables, some pushed together for larger parties. A blackboard wall listing tap selections sits above, and the kitchen behind there to the rear. At the other end of the room, 8 shorty small tables to a nook, and adjacent to the bar, a pair of ancient wood bench hightop tables; one vertical and the other loooong horizontal seating 15. Framed vertical windowings inlayed; their sills with plants & pieces, jarred candles and the like.
Hey, corner staircase. I went upstairs to the 2nd floor. It’s a somewhat loungey open room with a marble topped bar of a shape I could not easily ascertain. Barrels & benchings up front. a few tables like the ones downstairs, a large logo Stillwater piece, and a fireplace, too. Cool clusterings of drop jar lamps in the center of the room, I like. And then, even though it was closed off, I went up to the 3rd floor (‘cause I do that kind of shit). It was all shady bagged up with another bar and painted sky inlayed pieces. Under construction, but a vision, yes (at the time of my notes, they’d only been open for 9 days so I’m sure this space was of low priority just then).
So, 23 taps, nearly half of them are either Stillwater proper (Cellar Door, Stateside Saison, Existent, Premium, Beer Table - Table Beer, Kopstootje, As Follows), or collabs (Our Side w/Mikkeller, Channel Crossing V5 w/Oliver’s, Holland Oats w/Emelisse, Debutante w/Brewer’s Art). The remainder is a mix of craft (Brewer’s Art Sublimation, Dog Brewing Wild Cherry Porter, Firestone Walker Union Jack), imports (Evil Twin Epilogue & Freudian Slip, The Perfect Crime American Blonde & European Blonde, Aecht Schlenkerla Festbier, Hopfenstark Loulou Porter), a pair of wines (Gotham Project Cote Du Rhone & Pinot Grigio), and the house Stillwater Cold Brewed Iced Coffee. I drank the Stillwater Cellar Door, Debutante, & Beer Table - Table Beer, all were excellent, especially that last one I was happy to see on tap.
And a bottled list broken out by somethings; smooth & dark, light & fresh, sweet & sour, 2 dozen or so in all. 2/3 of them are collectively the Stillwater bottle collection and Evil Twin offerings, and the remainder are imports (Orval, Rochefort 8 & 10, Hanssens Oude Kriek, Lindemans Cuvee Rene, BFM Abbaye De Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru, LoverBeer BeerBera, Birrificio Del Ducato Chimera).
In the lunching hour, we peruse the menu (soup, salads, apps, burgers, & sandwiches). We both started with the tomato soup with pulled pork. It did not suck. Saw some good looking burgerings, but opted for the crab cake club, as did Ed, ‘cause I did, and he wants to me when he grows up. It was awesome, just perfect, served with phat phries.
I felt the place to be what I have to come to know as reasonably priced. Most drafts fall in the $7-$8 range, and bottlewise, (lovely) Orval goes for a big $9, and the beers to carry out run on average $3 less in general. I scapped a few Beer Table - Table Beers bottles to go, Orval petite she be. Enthusiastic folks who know what they’re doing. Cool house, with low key tunes. Good crowd, beer is excellent, food is absolutely yes. I like.
10-23-2012 05:16:48 |
More by slander
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Had the chance to finally make it to OLAR this past Friday evening with my wife, and we were very happy with what we found.
The building itself is located in the shadow of the old Natty Boh plant in a very nondescript corner building with just a small sign outside to announce it's presence. Street parking is your only option, but I was able to secure a spot without hassle.
The inside is much cozier and inviting than the outside building we were happy to learn. A long bar dominates the room with exposed brick walls beckoning us. The hostess was pleasant and promptly led us to a table. Besides the bar there is a large community table as well as some 4 tops and 2 tops but all in all this is not a large pub. I would guess that it tops out at about 60-75 people that would be able to be seated at max capacity. The community table and others are built out of "reclaimed" wood that lends to the upscale rustic feel.
The service from the start was extremely strong. I found the waiter to be very knowledgeable in both beer and food, and glancing at the bar the bartenders seemed engaged with the crowd and helpful.
There were approximately 24 beers on tap with 9 coming from Stillwater and 1 being a cold pressed coffee. The others were from good importers like Evil Twin and Emelisse. There was also a strong beer list available by the bottle. The one thing that stood out immediately though were the prices. The cheapest beer available was $7 for a 12oz pour. Some beers were $9 for 10oz so you quickly realize that the tab will add up fast. Since this was a night out for the wife and I, I was ready to drop some dough, but just be aware that you aren't coming here for $3 pints at happy hour. I started the night with a Stillwater Debutante but moved on to a Evil Twin "What's Drinking Gilbert Grape", and Emelisse Triple IPA.
The food was extremely strong with this place definitely trying to attain a higher end gastropub type vibe rather than your standard wings and nachos. For example we had a duck butter appetizer with house pickeled vegetables and shrimp corn fritters in a great lime dipping sauce, followed by one of the better burgers I've had in town with brie, brandy poached pear, and bacon. All the burgers are served on a really great croissant. My wife had a burger as well that she loved. We split a dessert that was a french toast inspired bread pudding that hit the spot. Overall we really enjoyed the food and had a hard time choosing what we wanted.
The place remained packed throughout the evening (we were there from 6:30-9pm) so I'm hopeful that it will succeed for the long haul.
Overall, I felt this place was a welcome addition to the Baltimore pub scene. I'm a fan of Stillwater beers and good food and this place supplies both. The only thing that would keep me from being a regular are the prices. Everything seems just a $1 or $2 too high, but all that aside I definitely plan to return.
07-08-2012 20:47:43 |
More by smokeypeat
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Located in the Brewer's Hill section of East Baltimore, the pub is a modest size affair, but with a handsome look to it. There is a fair amount of exposed brick and a nice wooden bar, giving the place something of an upscale and classy, yet still informal vibe. The place was pretty much packed at 7:30 on a Saturday, which I thought was pretty impressive for a place that has only been open a couple of months.
As for the beer selection here... it's pretty good. They have around 20 beers on tap here; roughly 7 or 8 Stillwater selections and then another 12 or 13 "guest" beers. The guest selection was solid, with a nice mix of imports and craft options (no crap on tap or on the bottle list here, though I assume you can order a bud lite here if you so desire). There was a pretty impressive bottle list as well, with something like 35 different selections, including a couple of pricey ($35) barrel aged Stillwater selections. The selection isn't overwhelming, by any stretch, but you get the impression that some thought has gone into the beer menu. Also, the bottle list includes both an in-house price and a to go price... looks like you can save $3 a bottle for "to go" purchases.
This is essentially a Stillwater "tied house," and so at any one time you can expect to find a number of Stillwater bottles and draft selections here. Personally, I think Brian S. does a nice job with the beers he makes, though I can't think of anything that gets me salivating whenever I see them on the menu. Anyway, the debutante and existent I ordered were both pretty good, as was the perfect crime (the latter collaboration beer was probably the best thing I've ever had from Brian, though for the life of me, I can't understand the $8 a 10 ounce glass price tag). Anyway...
Service was also pretty good I thought. The bartender who waited on me knew his stuff, and was even familiar with the midnight sun cap I was wearing (and knew their beers). On the other hand, it took roughly 15 minutes to order food... it was only when I ordered a second glass of beer that I was able to place a food order.
As for the food, I have mixed feelings about the items I ordered. The beer and cheese soup was tasty and nicely done, though I thought the portion size was fairly small for the $6 price tag. Out of curiosity, I also got the duck tongue appetizer, which was a very bad idea. You get 8 or 9 duck morsels for $9.25, and to say the portion was tiny would be an understatement (as I quickly discovered, "duck tongues" have a lot of cartilage in them). Granted, what I ordered tasted pretty good, and the aoli dipping sauce was terrific, but I can't say I felt particularly satisfied after my "meal."
Prices are just flat out high here, and some of the touches border on the pretentious (IMHO). My 12 ounce glass of debutante was $7 while my 10 ounce glass of the perfect crime blond was $8 (Dave - DRBISER- mentioned that they will do half pours of the beers on draft, but that's not spelled out on the menu, and frankly I didn't see anyone order or receive a half pour. So I wonder if they might have discontinued this practice). Wine selections consist of a portugese red and portugese white (vinho verde) that are also on tap here (and expensive - $9 a glass), and then they also have iced french roast coffee on tap (brewed in Hungarian Oak, and oh so addicting; guess they ran out of the french oak listed on the website) for $3.50 for a 12 ounce glass (except the glass is filled with ice cubes first; God only knows how much coffee you actually receive). The pretentious nonsense carries over to the beer description as well (several beer descriptions seem to focus more on the fact that it was made by "two gypsies"); I'm assuming most customers here don't get the "two gypsies" reference.
Shrug.... the overall impression I got from my visit, is that OLAR is trying to be something of an upscale, high end restaurant, one that just happens to also have a very good selection of beer. I'm not sure I'm entirely buying it, though the place has a nice feel to it. I'll be curious to see how this place does over time... most of the folks sitting next to me at the bar appeared to be just checking the place out (one beer, glass of wine or cocktail, and then they would leave), and I don't think I was the only one who was a bit surprised by the pricing (and lack of wine choices).
This would be a great place to impress a first date or your parents, but I'm not sure it's the sort of place I can see myself coming on a regular basis. Probably won't be returning here all that often I suspect...
Note: Although there is an on-line draft list, this is another place that does not update their on-line list very often (ever?). In other words, call the pub if you want to know what's on tap... don't rely on the on-line draft menu.
07-01-2012 15:03:48 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
Hurry to OL&R...then slow down and induldge yourself. This is the real deal. Wonderfully friendly people...but also real pros.Exceptionally fresh world class beers on tap...presented in the manner they should be.
Previous reviews will fill you in more on who's who and from where.
I was in Baltimore on business (not my usual "Beer Safari")and thought I'd check out something new. I've had a bottle or two of Stillwater and was very familiar with the hype, but not really the beer. Considering the tap list I thought this might be the place to learn...at least hoped so.
Wow! Enter...meet Leigh...grab a seat at bar...meet Ryan. Did I say Wow? WOW!!!
The place was fairly empty @ pre-lunch time, and I had pretty much a 1:1 with Ryan and Stillwater 101 class began. It was like an easy walk on a pefect day. Ryan pointed out every highlight along the road (malts, hops, herb lore)...also noting extras that would need to be explored another day.Stories of collaborations past, present and more. Excellent French burger...wow again.
Half way down the road the lunch crowd arrived, and the place was PACKED with a fun vibe lunch crowd.
No worries...Ryan didn't miss a beat while now catering to 20- 30 people instead of 2-3.
Leigh kept checking...no chance that anything would go wrong.
Quick note...I found prices quite reasonable. The beer, the food and the service were heads above dozens abd dozens of places that charge the same prices. Here...you'll think it's a bargain.
After 8 incredibly fresh, different and delicious Stillwater beers ( and iced coffee)...I can easily say I am very impressed with what gypsy Brian has been doing...include me as a more knowledgeable hypster myself now.
Class ended with grade A's for OL&R, Ryan, Leigh and the whole team.I can not recommend this place enough.
And Ryan...can't wait to get back in town and just talk beer...over many more beers.
Oh and...thanks again (Go Liefmans!!)
06-23-2012 16:11:36 |
More by BillRoth
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Had dinner last night with a good friend who just moved back to Baltimore -- sat at the bar and was extremely pleased with the entire experience. This is a top-notch establishment and a solid addition to the Baltimore restaurant scene as well as the beer scene. If you like Jack’s Bistro, this place is for you. And obviously if you like any Stillwater products, this place is also for you. The vibe on Thursday at 7pm was nice with a mix of locals, beer geeks, and a bit of the smartly-dressed happy hour crowd. They have a few longer tables that either can be shared or can serve larger parties. Last night they had both going on.
Staff: Can’t get much better. Even dining at the buzzing bar, service was class and professional. Many familiar faces from Jack’s which I enjoyed. All staff very knowledgeable about all products, not surprisingly. All members of bar-staff eager to chat about Brian’s recent endeavors as well as any questions about the menu. To the points made by the previous reviewer, Ryan and Leigh are indeed pleasant to chat with and knowledgeable. I don’t have the Maine connection, but what a great duo to run an establishment. Good people they are.
Food: pig ears - crunchy, light, delicious. Don’t be intimidated! Really good. shrimp and corn fritters – wow. Then we each got burgers and were very pleased. All burgers on croissants. Not sure if this is the right medium for croissants given the juicy burgers, but man they are still tasty.
Beer selection/pricing: After all, this is why many of us venture to this establishment...there was a fantastic selection of Stillwater beers and the choices of brewers to compliment the Stillwater draughts were excellent (can always see what’s on tap online). Bottle selection was heavy on Evil Twin (understandably so given the excellent relationship between the brewers), so just being hyper-critical I would say a touch more diversity would be nice? But that’s being picky! Stillwater beers are not cheap and without a doubt that's the main reason I don’t drink them more regularly, so $7-8/pour is expected...but perhaps too much. However, they offer half-pours for all draughts which is great.
I live in Fells Point so if I was going out solely to ‘taste’, naturally the spot for me is Max’s. However, I will gladly make the easy trip anytime they have something new/interesting on tap, for dates, with friends, etc. Highly recommend and I will be back.
EDIT: Brian and Ted have parted ways. I respect each of these guys separately and loved the duality of creative forces, so this is a major loss
06-15-2012 14:38:30 |
More by DRBiser
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $$
According to Google Maps, it's about 550 miles from Brunswick, Maine to Baltimore, Maryland. It was nevertheless no surprise that when we visited Of Love and Regret a week after it opened, the bar was packed with Mainers that had come all the way down to see what Ryan and Leigh had been up to.
If you never met the husband and wife team when they were working at the Lion's Pride, they can be simply described as some of the best in the world at what they do. They are walking encyclopedias of beer - and not limited to particular region or style, which is nice. But what really differentiates them in an industry that seems to prize attitude is their accessibility. I'm comfortable sending anyone to them, whether they're drinking Westy 12's every night or their idea of a world class beer is Shocktop. They're knowledge and yet friendly, a sadly rare combination these days.
The beer at Of Love and Regret is uniformly excellent, as expected, as is the service. The list is heavy on Stillwater, of course, as it's a local favorite, with both exclusives and rare bottles (Bourbon Aged Folklore, for example) available. But it's got an excellent and balanced selection beyond that, from selections from abroad like Evil Twin or Orval to local finds like Brewer's Art to West Coast offerings from the likes of Firestone.
But this was to be expected. While at the Lion's Pride, Ryan and Leigh built a reputation for having world class palettes and sourcing skills to match. What I hadn't anticipated was that the food at Of Love and Regret would be every bit as impressive as the beer.
Although I might have if I lived in Baltimore. With the cuisine handled by the chefs from Jack's Bistro - a venue with an excellent reputation, from what I understand, you're going to eat well. Whether your tastes run to the exotic (think fried pigs ears and duck tongues) to the standard (burgers and mac and cheese), they have you covered. Even the basics are world class; their grilled cheese - made with grilled scallions, smoked tomatoes and cheeses from brie to gouda - is easily the best I have ever had.
All in all, Maine's loss is quite obviously Baltimore's gain. There's a reason so many of us traveled hundreds of miles to see what Ryan and Leigh had been up to with Stillwater and the folks from Jack's Bistro. If you find yourself in their neck of the woods, you can find out for yourself. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
06-10-2012 23:44:41 |
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Of Love & Regret Pub & Provisions in Baltimore, MD