As tempted as I was by Pat’s Fish I decided on a burger. As matter of fact I ordered a double. Word of warning. Stay with a single, the double is a lot of food. They cook their burgers on a flat top so the patties are smashed and crisp; reminiscent of those greasy burgers served at drug store lunch counters.
Cheese comes with the burger but the bacon is $.99. It was an awfully good burger and the slaw was excellent as well. Creamy and sweet. I manage to eat all the meat but I didn’t eat all the bread. I was so full I couldn’t even drink a beer afterwards. I may make a point of coming back. If I do it will be to try the fish and chips.
Well another new joint opened up Downtown. The spot the owners picked has been a problematic one for previous tenants as it has seen 4 different restaurants open and close in the last 6 years. That is a high number even in the high mortality world of food and beverage. The space is very narrow, and the kitchen is downstairs, which can lead to some interesting situations.
They don’t offer draft beer; which is odd for this area; and their selections are not very spectacular. They had 3 different cocktail specials and for a food special they offered a club sandwich for $6 discounted from $7.50. I don’t usually eat clubs because they can be difficult to fit into your mouth. Unless you dis-assemble them,which can be fun.
There wasn’t anything exceptional about the sandwich. It was well-built and included both ham and turkey with the bacon. Some places like to omit the turkey and add a slice of American cheese,which I don’t particularly like. The fries were exceptional tasty. They were your standard Sysco straight cut fries but they were fried and seasoned well.
On Mondays they discount their menu to 5 bucks. Everything but steaks and an appetizer combo. Also on Tuesday they feature 25 cent tacos. A true taco Tuesday. The place is solid. No flash, no bang, no hook. In the long run that shouldn’t bother them. It is a tough gig and I wish them nothing but the best.
Patrick does have issues with reading a menu in its entirety. He told me that if the Clam Chowder had no onion he would order that with a grilled cheese sandwich. If the soup had onion he would go with the breaded fish sandwich. He assumed that all sans came with chips. So when the server asked his side he was lost. My stare was far from “impatient”. I merely wanted him to go ahead with alacrity; as the joint was full and the server busy. He opted for “curled carrots”. An interesting choice.
Pat didn’t write a review of his lunch except for the carrot curls. He said that would come in the form of a comment, once the post is published.
As you can see the fish looked great. The curls were thin sliced carrots that were quickly deep-fried. Very curious. I found them to be an interesting side dish. I enjoyed my taste but I don’t know that I would enjoy a full side.
As you can see if you peruse their menu they offer a big one. I have been to some of their other sites in the past and Pat and I have hit the place down town. Why that was never written about who knows. So I can say these guys know how a joint should run.
So they offer a lot of great comfort food options I decided on the meatloaf melt. That is a healthy portion of grilled meatloaf with sautéed onions, American and Munster cheeses on white toast, with a brown sugar glaze.
I was curious how much the bells and whistles would detract from the center piece of the sandwich. The onions added to the over all taste. The cheese does what cheese always does. It brings another layer of flavor and is more complement that adversary. Now we come to the glaze. It tasted like catsup and brown sugar. Which to some folks is mandatory on meatloaf. To me;not so much. It did distract from the actual loaf itself. However only in the slightest degree. The size of the portion was such that it was easy to find a few bites with no enhancements. To me the meatloaf had both good flavor and a nice texture and density. If you are a meatloaf junkie this would be a great fix for you. They also offer it as a dinner. As far as the mushrooms go they were fine as a side. Pretty ho-hum. Standard mushrooms,cut in half and tossed in flour and deep-fried. Then presented with a pretty generic horse-radish sauce. Adequate as a side, you could at least taste mushroom.
For dessert we each had a slice of their sour cream coffee cake, for $1.29. They serve the same cake with their salads. It is really nice. Not overly sweet and a great crumb. So we liked this place. Good and attentive service, good food and more than fair pricing. Pat’s cod was $9.49 and my meatloaf was $7.99. And no matter where you are there is probably a Sahm’s close to you.