Joe's Rants and Raves

  • Nov 13 - 03:36 PM: Best New Restaurant 2008 : Joe McBane

    I am super excited to announce that we have been awarded 'Best New Restaurant' by City Newspaper readers. It is quite an award and an honor. Thank you to everyone who has supported us and voted in the poll.

    I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Jules, Tim and Kevin at the Old Toad for winning 'Best Pub/Tavern'. Certainly worthy winners.

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  • Nov 05 - 06:40 PM: Fall / Winter Menu Changes : Joe McBane

    We have put a few new dishes on the menu for the colder months.

    Veal and Pork Chili
    Polenta Fritters
    Fried Pickles
    Cauliflower Cheddar Bake
    Maple Glazed Pork Chop
    Cottage Pie
    Braised Beef with Stuffed Dumplings
    Brewer’s Sole

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  • Nov 05 - 06:33 PM: What has tappened at the Mallet (sorry) : Joe McBane

    By the way I apologize for the woeful play on words in the title! It may never tappen again...

    Well we are now 1 year old. Last Sunday was our 1st birthday and we celebrated it with a pig roast. After being sent a pig a few days prior that was frozen solid we managed to come up with a usable pig by Saturday. The only problem with the new pig was the sheer size. Our roasting box can accommodate a 95lb pig. The replacement pig dialed in at 116lb. No amount of pushing was going to get it in. The only choices were to remove the hind legs or head. We made our choice. A few well aimed whacks with a mighty meat cleaver and we had our decapitation. It was like a scene from Lord of the Flies.

    We cooked the pig for over seven hours and it came out wonderfully. Moist and tender. The best yet in my opinion. I am sure that the half gallon of orange juice injection didn't hurt.

    The evening was a real pleasure. An opportunity to thank all of you that have supported the pub over the last year.

    Halloween saw the coming of the Pauls. Our chef Paul Brewer was picked out for some fun poking. Many of us came dressed as him. There was golfer Paul, navy Paul, Mex bartender Paul, broken Paul and of course party girl Paul. All Pauls were sporting the trademark facial growth. Paul took the whole thing in his stride thankfully.

    On the beer front we are through with pumpkin season. I consider myself to have a pretty well rounded palate when it comes to beer but I just can't bring myself to enjoy that particular style of seasonal. I find them to be completely over done and unbalanced. If you want to spice a beer (and wow, they are consistently over spiced) at least allow it a little sweetness to help offset. Aren't pumpkin pies sweet after all? I also find the pumpkin flavor is almost completely washed out by the spice. All that said they all fly out of the door so I am certainly in the minority with this style. Each to their own I say. There were a couple of excellent harvest beers around this year. The ones that really seemed to stand out for me were Harpoon Wet Hop Glacier and the Southern Tier Harvest. The Harpoon just had bags of juicy hop flavor and just enough body to carry it. I am unsure as to the type of hops used yet they had neither the pineyness nor grapefruit flavors that I so often come across. The Southern Tier had a flavor punch similar to a crisp west coast IPA yet a much lighter drinkable quality.

    If anyone reads this blog and has comments feel free to email me through the web site.

    Cheers.

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