Saturday, October 30, 2010

38° Ale House & Grill (Alhambra)

StarStarStar½  

Pros:   From what I ate, the BURGERS AND THE SWEET POTATO
           FRIES were the best - by far.  I have tried their namesake
           Burger and the Three Chili Burger.  Both are delicious but since
           I'm an aficionado of stinky Blue Cheese, I'll give a slight nod to
           the 38° Hamburger.  As far as the spud goes; Few restaurants
           know how to properly fry a sweet potato but this place has it
           down.  They're crisp and not overly greasy.

           Beer - Excellent selection of brews.  I especially like that they
           offer 4.5 oz taster's of what they have on tap.  I also had 1
           cocktail - a JALAPEÑO MARGARITA.  They weren't skimpy with
           the alcohol and the heat from the muddled jalapeño was
           subtle.  

            Parking -  Abundant FREE PARKING in a parking structure on
            1st St, south of Main St - Across the street from the
            restaurant.

             Service - Very friendly and well-versed staff.

Cons:    The CRISPY CALAMARI - They did nothing for me other than
             almost turn me off to Calamari.  At first, I only felt indifferent to
             this dish.  Now, just thinking about them, makes me not
             want to have Calamari - not here or elsewhere.  Sorry.      

Indifferences:

              Curry Salmon Cake Sliders - Our order came out with the
              patty a bit on the dry side.  Additionally, every slider on the
              plate (3) lacked enough sauce, to at least, somewhat
              salvage the appetizer.  This dish could easily have ended up
              on my "CONS" category, but just THINKING about the
              Calamari elevates the status of this one. :o)

My dinner was highlighted by the great Hamburgers and more than adequate Beer selection.  If I ever get that Calamari off of my mind, I'll certainly return to try a few more burgers.  For now, I need my space.



 Jalapeño Margarita – Pura Costa Tequila Blanca, Triple Sec, Muddled Jalapeño, Sweet n Sour, Squeeze of Fresh Lime, Shaken & Served with
a Sugar & Salt Rimmed Glass
& La Trappe Isid’or. 



 
Curry Salmon Cake Sliders – Mini Salmon Cakes, Red Curry Aioli & Arugula.



Crispy  Thai Calamari – Lightly Seasoned and served with a Plum Dipping Sauce.


 
Three Chili – Certified Angus, Chipotle Aioli, Roasted Poblano Rajas, Pepper Jack Cheese & Avocado. Served with Fries.



The 38° – Certified Angus, Bleu cheese, Onion Relish, Baby Arugula & Garlic Aioli. Served with Sweet Potato Fries.



Winter Warmer Flight – 2 Turtle Doves, Mad River 20th Anniversary Rorschach, Duvel Green & Old Jubilation.  


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