Given that the Ministers reside in the great Pacific Northwest you’ll see a fair share amount of reviews on the local fare: today is one of those days. If you’ve read any of my previous reviews you may well know I enjoy dives and hole-in-the-wall bars with eclectic menus and a fair share of people watching. The Garage doesn’t disappoint.
The Ambiance: The Garage touts itself as a “sports bar & social hangout” and is placed in what used to be a garage, they roll up the doors and let the beautiful northwest summers in. They have a fair amount of both tables and bar space. The staff is an energetic, fun group – if you enjoy playful banter with your whiskey you’ll enjoy. Now I wouldn’t exactly call them a sports bar, TV watching is their forte. Think hard rock & roll and a few bikers. It’s a fun place to people watch and banter…. It won’t blow you away, 3 of 5.
The Drinks: They love their IPA’s and have all the major beer selections, including Pabst, which may account for some of the above-mentioned people watching. They miss out on a hard drink menu even though they have a full selection (not too top shelf) that includes Clark County’s own Viscova Vodka (Double V Distillery). We asked for a signature drink, and even though they don’t have one the bartender whipped up his specialty of a Jack & fresh squeezed OJ drink with a few other surprises. I’ve got to tell you, that should be on the menu as it was tasty. Luckily that handy bartender saved the score 3 of 5.
The Service: It can get busy, but the staff kept up. And man, are they friendly – new guest or regular. They make you feel welcome, and they know how to handle the crowd. Scoring a 4 of 5.
The Food: A bar that serves breakfast every day of the week scores high in my book: who does like to start early? They don’t do full-on entrées, they’re more of a burger and sandwich style place. Now when I hit the bar I want a tasty selection of appetizers that you don’t see everywhere. We ordered 4, and they nailed 3 of the 4. Blackberry chipotle wings where mighty tasty, and I’d go back just for them. Smoked bacon mac & cheese was heavy on the bacon flavor just the way it should have been. Now probably what they do best is the stuffed jalapeno poppers, slathered in cheese, a MoGT favorite. We didn’t much care for the steak bites, we’d recommend any of the others first. Oh, and the kicker: they do pies! I know. Get out, who doesn’t want a pie after a few rounds of drinks! Enjoyable food, some creativity: 4 of 5.
The Price: Really good happy hour deals, and the food was lower cost than normal bar fare; the wings were a steal. Drinks are pretty well priced also. 3.5 of 5.
Final score 17.5 of 25. if you’re looking for a drown-the-work-day-away with some rock and beer with a fair share of “interesting patrons” to watch, this is as good a place going without going downtown. You’ll enjoy the food, and won’t regret the receipt in the morning.
~ E.S. Norton, Head Foodie ~
Categories: Food on the Fly