Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Stout Pub & Kitchen

We used to go to Bocktown a lot and were sad when it closed. Recently, a new placed opened in the former Bocktown space: Stout Pub & Kitchen. It's been open a little over a month and a friend (who heard from a friend of an ex of a cousin and was at a private event there when we arrived) said Stout is from The Yard people (the grilled cheese restaurant with locations in Shadyside, Market Square, the Galleria). I also hear there might be a Yard location coming next to Stout?

According to their website, Stout Pub & Kitchen "is focused on sustainable and organic practices, with in-house cured and smoked meats, seasonal products, and a rotating and evolving menu." They serve beers, cocktails, and libations from PA staples Wigle Whiskey & Grist House Brewery plus use  products from local farms such as Jubilee Hilltop Ranch and Jamison Farms, cheese from Middlefield, and ice cream from Millie's.

The new Stout space seems a bit more open than Bocktown and seems to be decorated in shades of gray instead of the former brown wood. Gone are the wall of refrigerated beers and the booths along one side. It seemed quite noisy when we were there (we were seated in the small back room since there was a private party in the main dining area).
They serve fresh brewed iced tea - a huge plus for me. SP ordered an Irish Red beer from what looked like a pretty extensive beer list.
To start, we shared a small House Salad (berries, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, house pickled vegetables, local organic greens with pomegranate vinaigrette). This was a yummy salad. Next time, I'd ask for no onions (personal preference).
We shared a small order of Stout Pierogies (Stout braised smoked brisket pierogies with homemade kraut, crispy pancetta, and spiced apple yogurt). These were really tasty. Nice size pierogies, larger than we make, but that's a good thing because there was lots of potato-brisket filling.
For his meal, SP chose House Corned Beef (Middlefield grass-fed Monterey Jack, pickled slaw, thousand island dressing). The sandwiches are served on ciabatta. He chose sweet potato fries over regular french fries. He said it was delicious.
I chose Smoked Brisket (Middlefield smoked cheddar, apples, bacon) with sweet potato fries.
It's a large sandwich, so I knew I'd only be able to eat half. Lots of tender, pull apart brisket. Thinly sliced apple. Really good. I liked the fries, but my personal preference is skinny fries.
We weren't planning on having dessert, but then our server mentioned bread pudding, which SP likes, and then she mentioned they serves Millie's ice creams. I really, really liked Millie's coffee ice cream the one time I had it. Millie's isn't close to us. So of course we had to order some. They were out of our first choice, chocolate stout, so we got grape sorbet. With a homemade waffle cone.
I liked the grape sorbet much more than I expected. I liked it in sorbet form - once it melted, the liquid was a little too sweet and syrupy. I had a lot of fun breaking the cone and dipping bit int he sorbet. Yum!

We're happy that a new, non-chain restaurant opened in Robinson. It looked like the outdoor deck/patio area is still there, so that will be nice on good weather days (it was raining the day we were there). The food was tasty. The employees who greeted and seated us were very friendly and helpful. Our server (the receipt says Melinda) was a lot of fun. Our food didn't arrive too quickly, we were able to finish courses before the next round of food arrived, and she checked on us several times during our meal. SP's iced tea was kept filled (I call him a sponge because he can go through a beer plus 3-4 glasses of water/iced tea at one meal out). And best of all, someone came running outside before we drove away to return a cell phone left behind on the table (it wasn't mine!).

We'll be back.

*We didn't have a reservation, and I don't think they are required, but I noticed they are on OpenTable.

Stout Pub & Kitchen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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