Flat 12 is the brewery that housed Hoagies and Hops. It was independent from the brewery. As I understand Turn 3 is an adjunct to the brewery. They have only been open for about one month and they are taking it slow with 4 items only. Curiously all of their food is breakfast oriented.
The only thing I really wanted to try was the dish the joint was named after, and I was dubious of that. I couldn’t develop much enthusiasm for a “battered” chicken breast. As it turns out the chicken was coated with a “waffle breading” and I was more than happy with the results.
The chicken breast was beautifully crisp, plump and moist and the waffle was as good as any I have had. They only have Sriracha in-house. That is an excellent hot sauce I am just accustomed to a more Louisiana type sauce with its vinegar tang. They serve 2 solos of syrup but ask for their Sriracha and honey blend they are experimenting with. It works really well.
So I went in skeptical but left a believer. Looking forward to seeing this joint grow. They have exciting times ahead.
One last thing about their waffles. They use Flat 12 Cream Ale to mix the batter. Batter Up.
This place used to be Taste Budds Soul Food. When it closed it didn’t take long before someone stepped in to claim the place. I was really fond of Taste Budds food so I was half way expecting something similar. Honestly I was a bit disappointed with the menu. They offer a few breakfast items but the everyday lunch was only 4 combos for $10. A Herby Burger, Fried chicken, quesadilla and nachos. All came with fried potatoes or home fries and a drink. Their rib tips and fried fish were only available on certain days as specials. Evidently roasted chicken is not an option.
Per the menu you can get any part of the chicken for your meal. In reality they only offer wings. Pat had wanted a fried breast but ordered a Herby Burger instead.
The potato options on the menu become french fries for service. Lots of french fries. We each got a basket like this.
I decided on their wing combo.
I got 6 wings placed on top of 2 pieces of white bread. The wings were nicely done. Hot and crisp with good seasoning. I probably should have ordered their chicken and waffle special. A buttery waffle sounds better than 2 slices of plain white bread. I enjoyed my lunch and I think it was reasonably priced. I really should go back to try their tips. I believe they serve them on Thursday or Friday.
This is a brewery. A real honest to gosh brewery, nestled in the heart of Irvington. I have wanted to visit the joint for quite some time; but never seem to find the opportunity. Their menu is like a bunch of “hip ” menus. In my opinion restaurant folk are a lot like monkeys. They see or hear of something that is popular or sells they are all over it like white on rice. Currently the hip thing is flat bread sandwiches or Panini ; especially with Smoking Goose meats. Don’t get me wrong. Smoking Goose meats are exceptional. It’s just that after a while a Smoking’ Goose Panini becomes as ubiquitous as a breaded tenderloin.
The place is not that large and for a Sunday afternoon is was full. We found a deuce in the corner and set back to watch the fun. They had two servers on and they did an outstanding job taking care of crowd. The decor of the joint was; as you can expect: Hipster Chic.
We discovered that on Sundays all they offer is a Brunch Menu; which only offers one dish. It seems they have a bartender/ server that is also a student at a local Culinary Arts Academy. So they let him do “his thing” on Sundays. His thing this Sunday was Chicken and Waffles; for $8, and added fried plantains for 2 bucks.
As our server explained to me; the chicken was soaked in maple syrup. Coated with a seasoned corn flake breading and served with the waffles. The hook was the veggie syrup. The young man took onion, kale, and fine diced carrot and cooked them in maple syrup and used that for the syrup for the dish. It really worked. Of course I think more syrup would have worked better. But then I still wonder why no one ever uses a gastrique.
No matter. This is a great place to visit. Wonderful beer, and I think good food. And since the pint price for their beer is $5 I really think it is worth checking out.http://blackacrebrewing.com/home/