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/
If I had to choose one word to describe Maxine’s when I first walked in, it would be professional. The place was extremely busy and yet everyone appeared to be moving efficiently and professionally. We didn’t want to wait for the fried chicken; because they do it right, they cook it to order and it was going to take 35 min. So Pat opted for a blueberry pancakes breakfast, and I picked salmon cakes and greens.before all that we decided to share some fried green tomatoes. They were excellent, the sauce they served with them was slightly reminiscent of big boy sauce. They also give you complementary corn cakes and home-made peach butter. The corn cakes were pretty good but the peach butter was first-rate . The pancakes are for real, homemade with real blueberries. The salmon cakes were definitely old school, thick and crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. I would not have minded if the potatoes had been fried crisper, but what is not to like about fried potatoes. Oh, I almost forgot about the greens they were probably the best I have had in town, to date. Be forewarned they are spicier than what you would usually expect. All in all this is a place worth going to and worth going back to.When you do go make sure you give yourself enough time to try the fried chicken, I know I will.