Saturday, July 7, 2012

The Drafting Room Review

My 1st review at The Drafting Room
I decided to go to the drafting room for my first restaurant review. The main reason was because I pass it every day to work and I also had a $10 off coupon, which I ended up forgetting to bring. I brought Shawn along because he would have ended up eating an Ellios if I left him alone for dinner, but he ended up being a good source for a second opinion. We decided to sit at the bar so we could have a knowledgeable bar tender help suggest good beers to try since we are amateurs in that field. We told her we like IPA's, the hoppier the better, and she hooked us up!
Highly recommended, Hop Stoopid, 102 IBU

We had 2 large bottles to share and 2 drafts. The large bottles were pretty expensive but they had a deal on drafts. Something like $3 a pop, and its not your typical Miller Lite and junk, its the good stuff! I had a Sly Fox Route 1113 IPA that will definitely keep me coming back, at least for a while. Drafting Room rotates their kegs regularly; they have a "one and
done" policy. When the keg is kicked, they'll bring in a different brew. They will rotate some popular choices back in on tap once in a while; they are called the Usual Suspects. This was all very tasty and affordable! Now we had a buzz going. We decided to get a little crazy and order another big boy! Unfortunately this beer ended up being $16 and it also said it
 10 days expired
was expired! I'm new in the restaurant review business so I don't have the balls yet to say anything to the bartender. I also don't know if it's even that big of a deal. I know some beers don't even have expiration dates because they can age. But this one did, and I couldn't say anything. So we sipped quietly and ended up not liking it anyways. When you are on a budget, its not the best idea to get drunk because you are not thinking about how much money you have to spend. All you can think about is the next GOOD beer to order. This beer kind of had a sobering affect on us. It's time to order some food. 

Before 6:30pm, they offered a great deal on certain items costing only $5. We ordered the  Chicken Quesodillas, and Mussels at $5 a piece and splurged on some Fried Calamari.  The dillas were delicious; filled with pepper jack cheese and apple wood smoked chicken. They had a fresh house-made tomato salsa and sour cream covering the top. They were the first to go. The mussels were mussels, but the broth they were served in made all the difference. You have a few options to choose from, we chose the Belgian White Ale, Tomatoes, Garlic and Basil sauce. It was just our luck too that with the food you were also given a nice basket of bread that served as the lead dipper into our bowl of mussel residue deliciousness. As we slopped up what was left in front of us, and held our glasses to the light to see there was no more, we decided it was time to go. We would most definitely be back!

Sum It Up
Shawn sponging up the remaining mussel juice
Service: Great service, knowledgeable staff and very friendly. 
Atmosphere: Dinner time on a Thursday the scene was mellow at the bar. Soft jams in the background and sports shows on the flat screens. We were able to enjoy ourselves with no distractions. The dining room was divided into two sections, candles on tables and quiet. 
Food: Reasonably priced with lots to choose from. You can visit their website to view the menus.
Beer: Outstanding selection! So much to choose from and always changing. The reason for us to keep coming back.
Extras: You can sign up to receive special announcements and coupons by going to their website. Or you can text draft to 68856 and receive alerts through your phone. I got a free app with any entree sent to my phone! All you need to do is show the text and you are good to go. 
Rating: 8 out of 10

I know what your thinking, this didn't seem to healthy. True, if you over due it. I admit, I shouldn't have had that much to drink, but I couldn't help it. I was at The Drafting Room for Sasquatch Sake! You just need to learn self control and eat reasonable portions. It helped that we ordered a couple of appetizers instead of big entrees. We also got to try more this way, and spent less!

For more info on The Drafting Room visit their website:
The Drafting Room is located in Exton, PA on Route 100.


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1 comment:

  1. Nice review Jen. We live close by to the Drafting Room and enjoy an evening there occassionally. Another recommendation in D'town area is Victory Brewing Company-they have a restaurant also. In the same area is Firecreek-great bar and awesome food.