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Taps: 34 / Bottles: 100
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2502 Foulk Rd
phone: (302) 439-3231
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Stopped in solo on my way back home from a quick trip to DC.
Very easy to locate just off Naaman's Road, tucked inside a small shopping center.
Quickly greeted and seated in the bar area (not seat yourself as you see in many other bar-side seating areas). This was Tuesday around 6:45pm and the place was not even half full and remained fairly quiet during my hour there. The bar was mostly occupied, but only seats a dozen or so.
Excellent tap list, on paper and well displayed on those digital chalkboards that are becoming popular. Well rounded offerings with smaller pour (9oz.) to allow you to sample 2 or 3 and not break the bank. The two beers I enjoyed were very fresh and served in decent glassware.
Tuesday night is an appetizer and entree for $22, so I opted for the braided pretzels w/ cheese dip and a honey mustard. Warm and delicious. Two nice sized pretzels and plenty for 3-4 people.
Opted for the crab cake, which was enormous and loaded with crab meat. Potatoes a bit heavy on the mayo, but not undercooked and complemented with bacon bits. Green beans for the green, with a bit too much butter, but also cooked perfectly.
As I was eating, I perused their craft beer bottle list and I could not stop shaking my head at some of the prices they were asking for bottles. I am not sure if their grand scheme is to not sell bottles, but as a knowledgeable craft beer knurd, the pricing is so far off and I would NEVER buy a bottle and ANY of the prices they were displaying.
Uinta Big beers at $35 to $38! I can buy them in any store for under $15. Locals like Yard's Chocolate Love Stout...$26, where I just bought it for $8. Victory's Oak Aged Barleywine, less than a half hour from the place....$40! Again, you can grab nearby for under $15. Listen, I am all about accepting mark-up in a craft beer bar for buying something special while out, but this is just flat out price gouging and I cannot stand it.
I am still giving this place a solid review b/c their food was excellent, staff friendly, clean, comfortable and a kick ass draft list, but you are not going to sell your bottles at these prices. If they do, shame on the customer for not knowing any better.
03-13-2013 20:50:01 |
More by warriorsoul
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5 | $$
I was a big fan of the Newark, DE location, and was thrilled when this spot opened just few miles from home!
The vibe is great if you get a seat at the bar or one of the tables up front. However, it is kind of like being stuck at the kids table if you are in the back by the kitchen. They could use a couple of flat screens back there... And that is my only real gripe about the place.
The quality of beer pouring from their 32 taps / 2 cask engines Is always excellent. They could be a little more timely / punctual in terms of keeping their FB tap list pic current.
The servers are knowledgeable and friendly.
The selection is diverse, and changes fairly regularly. I'd prefer if you could create your own flight vs the single daily designated 4 (9 oz ea)
Food is great. Chefs burgers are always first rate, tacos are tasty... And the entrees have all been home runs for me... Hangar steak w/ blue cheese butter, panko pork cutlets... oh! And their fry piles are tremendous, as well.
The prices aren't cheap, but certainly not unreasonable. Good value. I keep going back!
Big fan, big fan!
02-19-2013 00:41:11 |
More by nuggetlover
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice open area with a larger bar then the other locale. All top shelf brews here and 9 or 10 more taps then the other location.
Service was just great and the bartender knew his beers. Offered some samples of bottles from the Crown Valley brewing Company that is getting ready to roll out in DE. While not always right there he certainly kept a close eye on the 4 of us.
Great selection-Allagash, Stone, Evo, Duvel, etc. Pours are available in 3 sizes just like the Newark location. A few more hard to find or choice brews would really raise the bar. Impressive bottle selection though some of the prices say for Bitches Brew and Sierra Brux are downright obscene.
Had a great Cuban sandwich. Everyone in my party thought the food was good. I am hesitating to say it is outstanding due to having only had the one menu item. Looking forward to eating my way thru the menu.
A great place for the most part. The higher prices for some of the beers bothers me. Nice to go have 3-8 ounce samplers at $4 each but when you want a pint and it gets to 9 and 10 dollars well...this is not NYC.
Will be a treat for me, just not a regular stopping point.
10-28-2012 19:38:24 |
More by lackenhauser
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
I have been anticipating the opening of the Wilmington location for quite a while. This week I stopped in with a few co-workers for a happy hour. The happy hour special was $1 off drafts and most apps $5 4-6. Reasonable, but with $8-11 for 12 oz. pours of good beers, $1 off is hardly a bargain. Lacks in atmosphere, as it feels confined and warehouse-y. Living in Delaware, you can't be put off by good restaurants in strip malls, but the feel inside leaves something to be desired.
The draft list was pretty impressive with several local and non-local offerings. Some highlights of the list were Allagash Interlude & Confluence, Gnommegang, Stone Epic 11 & IRS, NC Grand Cru, and pretty much all of the in-season DFH specialties (Bitches Brew, WWS, Olde School, Urokontinent, Red&White, etc.). The servers were pretty knowledgeable about beer, but anyone who frequents this site would have little to learn from them. They offer each beer in two sizes (depends on ABV but either 8/12 oz. or 12/16 oz.), which is a nice touch if you want to try several beers.
The food was very tasty (I recommend the "pork wings") and the $5 apps were a pretty good deal. My only knock on the place is that they take advantage of what they have and charge a large premium for the beers. Two apps and three beers during happy hour for $40 with tip is a bit much. I will definitely be going back, but not too often with the high prices. It is worth noting that this place is almost identical in quality/price/draft list to Ulysses right down the street.
10-04-2012 22:54:03 |
More by NoLeafClover44
Two Stones Pub in Wilmington, DE