Monday, October 14, 2013

Enjoyable Trip to Ellicottville Brewing Company

As you know, we recently took our annual trip to Cattaraugus County for lunch at Ellicottiville Brewing Company (EBC) and a stop a Pumpkinville.  Unfortunately, the first beer I had -- the EBC Oktoberfest Lager -- wasn't very good.  However, the meal and the second beer that I had (an Eagle Trail IPA) were great.

If you don't already know, EBC underwent some extensive renovations earlier this year and more than doubled the size of their previous space in Ellicottville.

Here's a look at the newly renovated and expanded EBC:



EBC has taken the old space they had and expanded down the rest of Monroe Street.  They bought the building next door that housed several businesses over the years, including SPoT Coffee at one time.  They leveled it and built a new  building in its place.  This new building is connected to the old and expanded building and now extends to the end of the block.  The facility now boasts a larger restaurant, larger brewing facility and beer garden.  Here's a look at the new tank room:


This is the newly constructed dining room:


Since we had a large breakfast and knew we'd be having some pumpking donuts at Pumpkinville, we opted for some small plates to share.  I had the aforementioned beers, my wife had a drink and the older kids had a treat:


Saranac Shirely Temple from F.X. Matt Brewing Company (NY).

We chose to split two appetizers.  This is the first that we chose:


Loaded Brewer's Fries.  They feature house smoked barbecue pulled pork served over crispy fries with melted Monterrey Jack and cheddar cheese, scallions and sour cream on the side.  These were delicous.  The fries were perfectly crisp and you could really taste the smokiness of the pork.  I'm lucky I got a photograph because they didn't last long.

This was the second appetizer we chose:


Chesapeake Crab Cakes.  EBC's take on this classic features Chesapeake lump crab meat and shrimp.  The cakes are served atop a delicious Dijon cream sauce.  These were fantastic.  Unlike many versions, they had plenty of discernible crab meat and were perfectly balanced with the piquant sauce.

As we didn't think the kids would enjoy the crab cakes, we got them this as well:


Small cheese and pepperoni pizza.  The dough was clearly fresh and the sauce was sweet and tasty.  As you may recall, it featured my favorite thing on a Buffalo style pizza:  pepperoni with crispy, charred edges.  All four kids devoured this!

All in all, it was a great meal.  The menu is much larger than it used to be and has great options for both lunch and dinner.  There are, of course, lots of appetizers and pub fare, but some really nice entrees as well.

We'll be back for sure!

Did you stop at EBC during Fall Fest this weekend?





~NE



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