BrewRiver Gastropub

Riverside Drive is one of my favorite streets in all of Cincinnati. You go from multi-million dollar condos to poverty about every 1/4 mile. My friend Kelly lives and works in Mt Washington and I work downtown - so we try and meet somewhere in the middle - often at Eli's - but today we decided to try BrewRiver Gastropub (in the old Maribelle's spot). 

It definitely is a brew spot - they have a TON of beers - half the menu is beer! Since we were there for a weekday lunch - we passed on the beer. 

The inside first floor is rather small - there are maybe 8 tables or so and a giant (beautiful) bar. They do have an upstairs and an outside patio that gets quite a lot of traffic.

I went with the fish & chips ($16) that are ale-battered and served with a house-made kimchi tartar sauce. The fish was really good - the batter was light and not too caked on but still crispy. I was a little nervous about the kimchi tartar sauce but it was DELICIOUS. The fries were fine - a little under-done and served with a house-made ketchup. I did not care for the ketchup - I'm sure it's just 39 years being programmed to Heinz but it just didn't have much flavor. I also asked for a side of ranch for the fries - but they make all their own dressings and didn't have ranch (I know - the blasphemy) so brought me a parmesan peppercorn - I didn't like that either.  But again - the tartar sauce was great - it was a lot different than regular Frisch's type but it still had a strong enough mayo flavor that it was familiar. I would definitely order that fish again!

Kelly got the Muffaletta ($12) which is a New Orleans sandwich with salami, ham, cheese and an olive spread. The bun looked really soft and tasty and she gave me a bite. Unfortunately neither of us were in love with the sandwich that much. When I've had these before they were pressed so it was a little more smushed together with the melty cheese - I think this was lost without that. 

Why Should You Go? If you like to try different kinds of beer - you should definitely try this place. The food was hit & miss - it feels like they want to be "fancy food" - and maybe they hit that mark with a lot of their items. The fish was really great - and I haven't found a lot of fish & chips that I like - I just wouldn't get the sandwich again. The prices are also a bit higher than a regular pub - there was a BLT at $10 but the rest were $12, $16 and up...

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