Written by: Steve Stover
Date: October 30, 2014
Happily it is the best of two ideas: a bar, often a brewery, but with a real chef and usually house made food.
101 Beer Kitchen, on Sawmill Road at Hard Road in Dublin is a good example. Chef Michael Frame has put together a solid menu of New American food, with creative takes on familiar dishes.
Our server Kelly guided us through the interesting menu, and provided excellent advice on the beer. We started with Weihenstephaner Original (Munich) and Sierra Nevada Russian River, Yuan the Great, both true to the description; there are 20 beers on tap and a larger selection of bottled beers, plus cocktails and a limited wine menu.
We started with (and shared among four of us) the Seven Layer Dip with shrimp, chorizo refried beans, pico de gallo, refried beans, corn salsa, and house made chili-lime chips ($8.95) We also could not resist the loaded house-made tater tots with pork croutons, cheddar, siriacha cream ($6.95).
I especially enjoyed the great, fresh tasting tempura-style beer battered Lake Erie perch on a toasted egg bun, with tartar sauce, apple/blue cheese slaw, house made salt & vinegar chips ($12.95, fries $1 extra). My wife also liked her Creole dusted Lake Erie walleye with succotash, cherry tomatoes, roasted potatoes, and sweet corn cream sauce ($16.95).
The rest of the menu, which changes quarterly, includes six starters ($6.25 to $9.50); seven soups and salads ($5.95 to $13.95); three pizzas, all $11.95; six sandwiches ($9.95 to $17.95); and eight entrees, ($10.95 to $19.95). Portions are ample.
We were very full, but we managed to “taste” the delicious chocolate walnut pie and the less successful roasted banana pudding, meringue, vanilla wafers, caramel (both $4.95).
101 Beer Kitchen is a good choice for quality dining in a casual atmosphere.
101 Beer Kitchen
7509 Sawmill Road
Open 7 days a week