Monday, January 7, 2013

The Pint Room–Dublin, Ohio

The Pint Room is a craft brew and burger bar that recently opened in Dublin on the Shoppes at River Ridge, just off 161 between Riverside and Sawmill.  It features a menu including fresh cut fries, wings, crab cakes, salads, soups, chicken sandwiches, and of course burgers.

The burgers are their main claim to fame, and feature a blend of Prime Chuck and Kobe beef served on Brioche Rolls.  The burgers are served with fresh cut fries, sweet potato fries, or onion rings.  The burgers range from a classic burger that offers meat and cheese, to more exotic versions like the Lobster Burger that includes steamed lobster, asparagus, and Hollandaise.

On a previous visit, I had the Hangover Burger, which features a beef patty, Ohio smoked cheddar, double smoked bacon, mni hash browns, a sunny side egg, and tomato.  It was without question one of the best burgers I've had in a while.  Flavor and quality wise, it ranks up there with Thurman Burger, Bub's Burger in Carmel Indiana, and others.  (Burger prices range from $9 to $19 – with the Lobster burger being that $19 one).

On the visit during which this article was written, I had their Bistro Fries and Broiled Lump Crab Cakes.  The crab cakes are generously sized (together, the two cakes were about the size of a baseball) and are served with roasted corn salsa and chipotle butter.  For $12, they rival the crab cakes I've had anywhere else.  Lots of crab meat, plenty of flavor, and moist.

Bistro Fries and Crab Cakes
The Bistro Fries are thick wedges covered with braised short rib meat, Ohio cheddar, sour cream, and roasted vegetable relish.  The short rib meat was the highlight of the dish for me.  It was moist, had good flavor, and was tender.  The potatoes were good as well.  When you combined a bite of potato with the relish (which had nice chunks of vegetables like zucchini) with the cheddar and sour cream, the result was a very hearty and tasty dish.  I could imagine ordering this as my entire meal.

The Pint Room's other claim to fame is its extensive beer selection.  They have 100 beers on tap, and many more in the bottle.  The selection during my visit (it changes regularly) included beers from Founders, Left Hand, Troeg's, Finch's, Penn Brewing, Dark Horse, Avery  Breckenridge, Brew Kettle, Lagerhead, Thirsty Dog, and many others.

During my visit, I had Magic Hat's Heart of Darkness, Penn Brewing's Nut Roll Ale, and The Brew Kettle's Coconut Chocolate Stout.  All three were good beers.

The beers are listed on the back of the food menu.  Beers 1-100 are available on draft.  Beers 100+ are in bottles.

If you're a sports fan (which I'm not), you'll appreciate their good sound system and many large flat-screen televisions featuring Ohio State and other sporting events.

The large sit-down bar is located near the taps.  In the back of the restaurant you'll find a wall-sized chalkboard showing all the current drafts, organized by beer type such as

Stouts, Belgians, and IPAs.  The while place is friendly, clean, and feels slightly up-scale.  Servers are knowledgeable and attentive, and tend to arrive just about as often as you'd want them too.  They neither hover over you or ignore you for long periods of time.

If you find yourself in the vicinity of 161 and Sawmill, drop by and check the place out.  I don't think you'll be disappointed.  I certainly haven't been.

The Pint Room
4415 W. Dublin Granville Road
Dublin, Ohio 43017

(614) 889-6558

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