midlife crisis wrote:Didn't Stephen Beaumont consult on the one down at the lakefront? I've been there a couple of times and it is quite enjoyable. Don't remember finding anything gross about what i ate. Of course, that great location helps a lot, too. Haven't been to the Laird one but I'm curious as to why it kills you to like it. Maybe they are part of a larger chain I'm unaware of? Very pleased to hear they have a cask engine.
atomeyes wrote:pretty sure they contract their food out (like Mill St) to a mass company
GregClow wrote:atomeyes wrote:pretty sure they contract their food out (like Mill St) to a mass company
The food at Mill St. isn't "contracted out" exactly. The restaurant is owned and operated by FAB Concepts, who own a lot of other pubs & restaurants (including Against The Grain), and the menu shares some dishes with other FAB-owned pubs. But I believe most of the food is prepared on site - albeit with more control from a central company than you'd see at an indie restaurant, and probably more frozen ingredients (or so I'm guessing based on a couple of things I've had there that had some telltale signs of not being made completely from scratch).
As for ATG, my understanding is that the chef there has much more control over the kitchen and menu than at the other FAB pubs. Mill Street Beer Hall is being operated under a similar model.
I haven't eaten at ATG, but the food I had at the Beer Hall recently was better than anything I've had from the regular menu in the main Mill St Brewpub. I've had a couple of decent specials in the Brewpub, though, and the Brewmasters Dinners I've been to have been generally pretty good as well.
hopdevil wrote:Beware the price of the cask beer; $8.50+
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