Monday, October 1, 2012

Sunday Funday at Nano Brew

Yesterday, "R" was on a mission...a shopping mission. He does this about once a year. He dislikes shopping for clothes, so he's an all-or-nothing shopper. We'll hit several stores and stock up on pants, shirts, boxers, shoes, etc. and then he's set for a while. So, after dragging me around for five hours shopping at Aurora Farms Outlets and Beachwood Mall...I needed a beer.

A quick stop at home, and then we decided to head to Nano Brew on West 25th Street in Ohio City. A new spot in the neighborhood-- we've stopped in briefly for drinks before, but we wanted to hang out in a relaxed atmosphere with a decent beer list and some available grub. Nano Brew fit what we were looking for.
I am loving these fall-like days that we've been having. It put us in the mood for a pumpkin beer, and I've wanted to try the Hoppin' Frog ($15 for 22oz.).
Nice flavor and smooth to sip on, it wasn't quite as good as ST's Pumpking but we both liked it a lot.

"R" was still in the pumpkin mood, so he ordered the Pumpkin Kibbe- 4 for $4 (pumpkin dough stuffed with chorizo and cheddar and drizzled with cayenne honey and curried pumpkin seeds).
They were okay. I'm not a fan of pumpkin-flavored foods, so I'm not qualified to really comment on this dish. However, "R" didn't love it either.

We also decided to order some burgers later on. "R" went with the Breakfast (maple beef patty on an English Muffin with bacon, egg, and white American). He made the mistake of ordering a double ($12) with two 1/4 lb patties, and it was quite a mouthful. He said that he loved it overall, and would order it again as a single. After seeing a Foursquare tip, I wanted to try the Spicy burger (with caramelized onions, sauteed sweet peppers, and white American). The single was $7, and all burgers come with waffle fries. Yum, waffle fries are awesome! The burger was topped with too many roasted red peppers for my personal taste, but the heat level was nice and subtle and I did like it for the most part. I'd probably try another burger next time though. All of their burgers are cooked on the flat top grill, and are cooked all the way through. Worth noting.

So, I'm not even going to comment on the debate about whether or not Nano Brew is a "real" brewery, or if they post about bicycles too much on their Facebook page. I enjoy the casual atmosphere, I think that they have a decent beer list for Ohio City, and we enjoyed the food for a quick bar bite at a reasonable price (Dining Deals Alert!). We'll be back, and I'm personally happy to see something like this take over the Garage Bar space.

Nano Brew
1859 West 25th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113


alexa @clevelandsaplum said...

pumpkin kibbe?!?! who knew!

i haven't eaten at nano yet, but you had me at waffle fries.

Anonymous said...

Those burgers sound good, can't wait to check this place out!

Allison M. said...

I enjoy anything pumpkin flavored - bread, cookies, cider, coffee - and would like to try these.

I have tried the plantains before and they were delicious.

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