I’m introducing First Taste with this entry. I’ve wanted for some time to provide readers with my first impressions of a new restaurant without a full-blown, detailed account of the menu and my experience. Haus seemed like the perfect place to roll out this new feature because with just one visit I thought it was easy to take the measure of the new brew haus.
What: This beer garden is located in Martini Corner and, though it may be ideally suited to the twenty and thirty-somethings who frequent that part of town, it will appeal to anyone who enjoys a beer with their sausage and fries. In addition to the beer garden is a funky dining area with TVs, and a cool bar that sports a long blue banquette.
Who: The sausages are handmade at the Local Pig, a local butcher shop in the East Bottoms which is owned and lovingly operated by Alex Pope. One of the proprietors of Haus is Chris Seferyn, who also owns the Velvet Dog down the street.
First Taste: Not normally a fan of sausage (unless it’s in Italian sausage soup), I ordered the Pork Thai Chile Kaffir Lime Sausage. It tasted of all the flavors in the description. By itself that would be good enough, but served up on Farm To Market pretzel bun with a choice of toppings like peppers, onions and sauerkraut, the dog was elevated to a higher level. And my husband thought he was in heaven when the server brought an assortment of mustards to add at will. It is truly a gourmet treat. Other selections are just as creative:
Duck Ginger Sage Sausage • Smoked Chicken & Apple Sausage Cumin Oregano Sausage • Chicken Jalapeno & Pineapple Sausage • Pork Tequila Serrano Pepper Sausage • Roasted Eggplant & Fetta (vegetarian sausage)
Seconds: The Belgian Fries are double fried for a crisp texture and served with a choice of dipping sauces. There’s also an awesome list of beers–all of the ones on draft come in their own glass, and are specially picked based on the style of the beer. Each beer is a different size, so pay attention to ounces and dollars per beer.