undergone a number of incarnations in the decades of
its existence. In the 1950s it was a bar run by
Frank Ciarrachi's father. Recently, it was called the
Brew Pub. The current incarnation is so charming,
that we hope it lasts forever.
The current owners
updated the painting and décor, but the outside of
the building hasn’t changed very much since it was
built in 1903. Fortunately, the interior wainscoting has been
retained and is painted in earth tones, Some of the
wall is brick. There is a lot of brass in the bar
Growlers is still a
brew pub where they make their own beers. Half a
dozen varieties are available on the menu.
The bar area is
something of a typical bar, but opened and airy.
There are three separate dining areas, each
exhibiting an antique look with a modern flare and
cleanliness. They have a lot of upscale fare without
the upscale prices, and they pay particular
attention to quaint presentation. Their fish and
chips is served in a brown paper bag on a plate.
This somehow adds a kind of flare that makes the
perfectly prepared golden fried fish even more
appealing than it would be just on a plate.
The range and
variety of menu items and prices make Growlers
appropriate for a lunch stop with kids or for a more
festive occasion. Any time there is a need to go to
City Hall, Growlers is right up the street—or it can
be a destination. The combination of food and
atmosphere make it worth the trip on its own merits.
Parking is in back.
They offer nine
salads and you can add chicken breast, flank steak,
calamari, Portobello, or seared shrimp to any for $3
to $4 extra.
Among the salads
- Baby field
- The Avocado
Chop—Diced avocado with a mignonette of
tomatoes, red onions, cilantro, garlic, fresh
lime grilled tortillas, and olive oil—$7
Plate—Chef’s choice of cheese4, Boquerón’s,
pepperoni, pickled goodies and toaster bread—$10
Peppercorn Steak Salad—Grilled flank steak with
baby greens, tossed with read onions, parmesan
cheese and roasted garlic –sherry
They offer nine
vegetable dishes, among which are:
Spinach—Sautéed with red onions, garlic,
tomatoes and topped with feta cheese—$6.50
Quesadilla—Stuffed with a blend of Monterey
jack, parmesan and goat cheese served with a
sundried tomato spread—$7.50
Skins—add chili $1—$7.75
- The Mash
Tun—Mashed potatoes with demi—$4.75
Wrapped Asparagus—Stuffed with feta cheese, red
onions and roasted red peppers—$7.50
Their Seafood dishes
include Crab, Scallops, Shrimp, Mussels, Calamari,
Salmon, and Talapia and range in price from $7.50 to
- Their Crab
Stuffed Pretzel, crab blended with crab,
spinach, and cheeses, served with a honey
mustard is both good and unusual.
- The Fish & Chips in
the brown paper bad on a
plate are perfectly fried to a crisp gold and for some reason look irresistible
in a brown bag.
different sandwiches are available ranging from the Growlers
Grilled Cheese for $6.50 to the Maryland Lobster
Roll and the Tavern Sliders for $10. The sandwiches
are hearty and good. They have their own chili for
What they refer to
as “Meats” are their nine dinners which include Fire
Roasted Lamb Chops for$14.00 and Chicken Tenders for
They serve seven
varieties of Thin Crust Pizza from $8.25 to $10.50
and seven selections of Pasta and Paella. My
companion ordered the Chicken and Chorizo Sausage Conquistdor Paella for $10. It is served in a piping
iron skillet resting on a dinner napkin on a large
plate. It is something to return for.
There are a variety
of wines and special beers brewed on the premises.
The desserts include Flan—choice of chocolate or
vanilla—$5; Bread Pudding—$7; and Growlers’ Root
Beer Float—$5; or just an espresso: “decent crème
and good aroma.”
Growlers can be a
great stop after going to a city council meeting
down the street or just to go to Growlers.