Tonight my husband and went to Mill Valley Beerworks for dinner. We’ve been to Beerworks brewery a few times for beer and a few bar bites, but they’ve remodeled, and expanded and now have a full dining menu. Most of the tables are long and communal for sharing and gathering with friends. We opted instead for seats at the bar. At first I was disturbed not to see my favorite pork sliders and soft pretzels on the menu. However I was pleasantly surprised by the new menu and food. It was bright and fresh and simple, yet sophisticated. I’m not a big beer drinker but I had a nice Hogan Dry Apple Cider, which went well with the food. We shared a few small plates such as peas with mint, fava toast (fava bean paste on a baguette with a citrusy salad of herbs), cucumber and beets with creme fraiche, and 23 minute roasted potatoes (not sure on the name, luckily we didn’t wait that long). Only one dish missed for us – a tuna pappardelle on the large plate section. Pasta was a bit heavy and rubbery and heavily seasoned with parsley. After one bite it went untouched, and the waiter credited our bill. We finished with a lovely fig and ricotta dessert with a drizzle of honey. There was a small tea cake on the side (really just a bite), that I could’ve eaten a dozen of at least.
According to the bartender, Beerworks is planning to open for lunch soon and bring back some of the former bar bites, such as sandwiches and salads. I’m happy to have another lunch and dinner dining option in Marin county and especially in Mill Valley that creates and supports local, seasonal food. All in all it was a really nice, local date night. A surprise from the beer pub we were expecting, but more interesting and sophisticated than prior. Beerworks is noted for it’s handcrafted beer and other hundreds of international beer choices. However we saw more wine being served with the new fare than beer. Certainly a new destination for both beer snobs and foodies….
Speaking of which we saw Alice Waters dining at one of the communal tables. I just had to share that. Hope we’ll be able to get a table again soon.