Stone Front Tavern
Review by Vegan's Nightmare: Some of you were asking for a review of Stone Front Tavern, and since I've personally been wanting to try it out for a while, I decided to head over there with some work friends for lunch. The building looks a little intimidating from the outside -- it's pretty much just a brick box with no windows (actually, to some, it might look like something seedy is going on in there). The inside is rather small, about 10-12 tables/booths and a bar and pool table. The decor is... well, I'm pretty sure the decor inside hasn't changed since the Carter administration. As a matter of fact, the decor is actually coming back into style. I liked it. Very retro. While some places hunt on eBay to buy old-school memorabilia to make their bar “cool,” this one just hung on to theirs. Just like my parachute pants that I'm certain I'll get to wear again some day. Anyway, they've got a really good selection of both micros and macros on tap, including Northwest’s beloved Rainier. Yes, Rainier. On tap! That’s a gold star in my book. The walls are decorated with a variety of old and new beer signs, scattered prints, typical bar memorabilia, and a big screen TV in the corner was on ESPN. After reading through a pretty robust menu (for a bar), I decided to go for the fish and chips ($10), while my friends ordered the cheeseburger and fries ($7) and rib eye steak with Texas Toast and steak fries (on special for$12.50) . While we waited, the place started filling up, and we noticed that there was just one lady running the bar, waiting tables, and bussing. She was absolutely phenomenal and kept up with all of the dining customers, and kept the thirst down at the bar. Truly amazing. In just the right amount of time, we received our lunches. They looked pretty darn good. The steak had grilled onions on top, the fish was golden, and the cheeseburger was served with a steak knife sticking in it. Now, I can’t say that the cheeseburger was big enough to warrant the useof a steak knife, but it was a nice touch. The only issue I had with my fish and chips was the fact that they were a little too greasy. Yes, I know they’re deep fried, but it seemed like the fish was lathered in oil before it was given a batter bath. They tasted good, but dang, they were oily. My friends liked their lunches as well – although one commented that his steak was thin enough that he thought they might have given him a strip steak instead of a rib eye. I have to say, I was a little surprised that I liked this place. It really wasn’t anything special, but it was comfortable, had great service, and the food was good. While we ate, we decided that this is our next beer-lunch spot – maybe on St. Pat’s Day? See you there.