We are busy.
All of us, grinding away at our work, checking things off our to-do lists. And more often than not, we will end up eating alone for a quick bite or microwaved leftovers. So when we have a chance to slow down and eat with a friend, it’s a special event.
Nestled in a semi-industrial area, near the 5 and the 134, tucked in next to the railroad in Atwater Village lies Golden Road Brewing and The Original Pub. I’ll admit–I know the place well. As part of a small experimental theater company, I’ve been allowed to put on shows in their private room, “Chloe’s,” which boasts a warm wooden interior contrasting main pub’s more concrete and metal vibe. There were times when I’d have the food every night for a week due to rehearsals. So whenever I go back–it’s like visiting an old friend.
I’ve noticed they have a willingness to play with the menu. They keep some popular items, but in general, they aren’t afraid to try out new things. Gourmet food combined with old pub stand-bys–but leaning a little heavier on the gourmet food side.
My friend had the Blackened Ahi Tuna Salad with crisp greens and a gentle kick from the wasabi vinaigrette. I had the Grown Up Grilled Cheese–just listen to these ingredients: “White cheddar, blue cheese, queso fresco, caramelized onions, mushrooms, bacon, short rib and a side of sundried tomato aoli.” Together we split the Better Than Mozzarella Sticks which swap the greasy cheese sticks for queso fresco wrapped in fried wontons.
Incredibly filling. Incredibly satisfying.
But let’s not lose focus–sure the food is great–but this is a brewery after all!
Golden Road has a few standbys that are always on tap. Things like the classic Point the Way IPA, the biting Wolf Among Weeds IPA, or the smooth Get Up Offa That Brown (brown ale). WIth my meal, I tried the Citra Bend (hoppy American wheat), that nicely contrasted my heavier food choices with its lighter taste and citrus undertones.
Yearly, they crack open the barrels for their seasonal Gingerbread Stout–a personal favorite. [Highly recommended as a float with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.]
In entering the space, you get the sense that Golden Road is seeking to foster a sense of community. They have outside seating. They have outdoor games you can play. They have communal tables. They have a live band do karaoke on Monday nights.
They even let odd theater companies do shows in the private room, “Chloe’s.” [Bet you didn’t think that random detail was going to come back!]
It’s the kind of community that when I’m at the store and I see a pack of Point the Way, I usually pick it up…even if I wasn’t planning on it.
Golden Road Brewery: http://goldenroad.la/
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