Yesterday Kish and I legged it over to the Franklinton part of town to catch a matinee performance of a play by Red Herring Productions. We decided to do a little exploring of the area and to grab lunch, too. We ended up at BrewDog — which was jammed for a Sunday afternoon and even had some overflow people braving the cold but sunny weather and sitting outside by a fire pit.
BrewDog would fall squarely into the gastrobrewery tranche on the restaurant spectrum. With gastrobreweries, you never know if the focus is really on the brew, and the gastro is more of an afterthought. I’m happy to report that while BrewDog is clearly serious about its beer — it offers 48 options on tap for its thirsty patrons — it doesn’t give short shrift to the food part of the menu.
I was interested in something lighter than a burger, and the BrewDog menu offers an array of solid non-burger choices. It’s been a while since I’ve had a hot dog and, well, BrewDog does have “dog” in its name, so I tried the bacon chipotle dog. It was excellent. The dog was juicy and beefy, with just the right snap when you bite into the casing, and the toppings added lots of great flavor and texture. After carefuI analysis, I decided the best and least messy way to attack the dog was from the top. I needed two bites to get fully through each segment of the dog and the toppings, with the first bite taking care of the toppings and part of the dog and the second bite polishing off the rest of the dog and the bottom of the bun. The fries were great, too — nice and crunchy.
It was a very satisfying meal, indeed, and the transitioning Franklinton area, where new ventures are next door to old-time welding shops, is an interesting setting. BrewDog is well worth a visit.