"A Heritage of Freshness"

Gordon Biersch - American, Eclectic, Beer-Centric Fare (4 Stars)

After wanting to get together to see a movie, Ryan, Nicolle, and I agreed to dine at Gordon Biersch prior to seeing Coraline (in 3-D mind you!).

Gordon Biersch promotes itself as a beer-centric, upscale pub with a "heritage of freshness". Given I don't drink, I can only imagine their hand-crafted beers ar
e unusual and quite good. Their food overall is an eclectic mix of Southwestern, American, and Italian with standard pub fare such as steaks and burgers alongside Mahi Mahi and stir fry selections. Generally, it's safe to assume everyone can find *something* they like here.

Given Nicolle's recent foray into bleu cheeses, she decided to order the
Wedge Salad complete with crumbled bleu cheese, extra thick and crispy bacon, and a side of the bleu cheese dressing. She said the crumbles were "Just the right amount", the bacon was "Really good and so crispy", and the wedge of head lettuce worked for her. The only real downside to the salad was all the extra water that had collected in the bottom of the salad bowl made things a bit soggy once she neared the end of her salad adventure.

Ryan and I were still reeling from our Olive Garden adventures earlier in the afternoon, so neither of us were very hungry.
He ended up ordering the House Salad (and added chicken) which looked great. The generous portion of mixed greens was topped with the same crispy, crumbly bacon Nicolle had along with cucumber, spiced pecans, and pepperjack and cheddar cheeses. Ryan ordered the ranch dressing and seemed rather pleased with his selection and noted that the spiced pecans were unexpected and delicious.

Having just experienced my Ceasar salad disappointment a few hours prior, I decided to stay light with the
Grilled Chilean Sea Bass. The fish was actually extremely delicious and seemed like it was butter poached before hitting the grill to be marked. The fillet was flakey and perfect with the mixed vegetables. The problem, however, was the rice. The ginger and scallions in the rice took only the rice into Asian territory and the ginger aftertaste started affecting the flavor of the fish. If you order this, just get extra mixed vegetables in the stead of the "sweet ginger rice".

Over the past few years, I've eaten at Gordon Biersch a few times and they've all been enjoyable dining experiences. I'd definitely recommend the restaurant as the service has always been exceptional (shout-out to Liz, our fantastic waitress!).

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Ryan said...

You forgot that I added Chix to my salad... :) Also - you mistyped your label

Jared K. Wengert said...

Corrected. :)

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