Beer and burgers. Chocolate and whipped cream. Tacos and cider. These are combinations that win every time. OK, maybe not that last one. But if both are selected from the menu at this northside gastropub, the chances are good that culinary victory is still in sight. While the restaurant serves entrees, its small plates seem to better match the feel of what’s in and around the kitchen. Share the flavorful and tender Kalua pork tacos with kimchi, radish and green onion ($9 for three) paired with a dry Santa Sidra local apple cider ($10). You might not want to share the poutine, though. The pile of handcut fries ($9) smothered in green chile gravy with cheese curds and bacon will have you pulling it closer to your own plate. Bonus: Mom will be proud of you for eating the surprisingly delicious crispy Brussels sprouts tossed with lime juice and fish sauce to finish ($7), which we’re sure retain all their nutritional value despite the whole “fried” part.
-Julie Ann Grimm
222 N Guadalupe St., 954-1635
Lunch Saturday and Sunday; dinner daily
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