Alden and Harlow
Alden and Harlow

Alden and Harlow

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.aldenharlow.com/
  • Phone: 617 864 2100x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday - Wednesday: 5:00pm - 1:00am, Thursday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 2:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Gastro Pub, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Scelfo
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mt Auburn Street
  • Public Transit: Alden and Harlow is accessible via the Harvard Square MBTA Red Line T stop, located just one block away at 40 Brattle Street, between Eastern Mountain Sports and the Cambridge Center for Adult Education.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: University Place Garage at 124 Mt. Auburn St offers a discounted rate with validation.
A word from Alden and Harlow
Located at 40 Brattle Street in Harvard Square, Alden & Harlow serves thoughtfully sourced, honest American food in a subterranean, modern and comfortable space. Replicating the style of cooking he does for family and friends in his home kitchen, Chef Michael Scelfo prepares humble, unpretentious food that honors tradition of place in its quality. It's how he connects with anyone who joins them at their table.

While reservations are strongly suggested, we also save a portion of the dining room and bar for walk-ins in the event that your request cannot be accommodated, so, please, come on in!

Parties of 8 or more, please call to make a reservation.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerAmerican
Alden and Harlow reviews from OpenTable diners
451 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (370)hot spot (236)neighborhood gem (212)vibrant bar scene (184)special occasion (159)good for groups (147)romantic (94)late-night find (68)notable wine list (58)great for brunch (47)great for lunch (16)great for outdoor dining (9)kid-friendly (8)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Southern-Style Tapas
    FoodieWino
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Went here for a late dinner, ambience is dark but comfortable. Noise levels can be on the loud side, but I wasn't bothered by it. Unfortunately our server was unattentive and a bit brisk, made no attempt at conversation and couldn't provide any information on the food or wine list other than what was already on the menu. Stick to the specials, other plates were not as good. We tried the chicken-fried rabbit and I was disappointed that it's a square shaped chunk of tough meat over-breaded in panko. I was confused if they were actually trying for a tempura. However I was impressed with the pumpkin salad, the squash is in strings almost like pasta, very creative. Overall a decent restaurant but for the price I would probably skip it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great new spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    I had a fantastic experience at Alden and Harlow. First off, the ambiance was perfect. I was a little skeptical because it was in a basement, but it was a nice large space with a great relaxed but polished feel. The noise level was low enough that you could have a conversation without yelling but not silent as is the case in some restaurants. The service was friendly and informative, not pretentious at all. I had an amazing cocktail that had beet juice and vodka! Right up my alley. We also tried the "secret burger," the honey glazed burrata and the farm corn cakes, all above par. I immediately recommended it to several people and will certainly be returning. Well done Alden and Harlow, well done.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    We tried six dishes and every one of of them was good. Stand outs: 1) bok choy with 60 degree egg, crispy veggies and salty to perfection, 2) Burgers, calorie bomb but not so bad if shared, 3) the fig dish, because I love anything with figs. The only downsides were that when we got there, the restaurant was kind of smoky.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Brunch!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Hit Alden and Harlow for your Sunday brunch. I ordered the BLT-- thick cut bacon, tomatoes, and pimento cheese on brioche... yummm. And how about those cheesy grits?! Everything was delcious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overall great meal
    Dave
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Went to Alden & Harlow Saturday night for dinner and left very pleased; we were seated very quickly and overall the service and waitstaff was great. Menu is full of very unique but very tasty choices; many were dishes that featured ingredients that were unfamiliar to the group, but our waiter was very helpful. Both appetizers and all entrees were delicious; portions on the smaller side but still a good value, and everyone loved the cocktails. It was VERY dark in there (hard for my parents to read the menu), but other than that is was perfect. Will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Head Of The Charles 2014
    MaccaboutVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    What a great experience. Between the 4 of us we must have tried almost all the items on the menu. Fantastic food. Love the small plates (Tapas) system. Every dish has the perfect size and more importantly all the flavors blend well together and you can taste and identify each and everyone of them. Your taste-buds will enjoy and thank you for it. Perfect for sharing and trying. Great wine list with unusual finds from all over the world. Impeccable from start to finish. Definitely a night to remember. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative menu, Delicious food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We had a great night. Terrific food, inventive menu, solid service. I highly recommend. The charred broccoli was off the hook.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best hamburger in town
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    This was a repeat visit. There are lots of good small sharing plates on the menu. It the hamburgers are the reason to come. A burger and a beer before a concert or movie make for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Experience
    jboa
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    The restaurant is quite large, which is the only reason i did not rate the ambiance higher. I was there one a date with my husband so I was craving a more intimate setting, but other than that it was great. We are both foodies - I am a pescatarian and my husband is a meat eater and we both had lots of options, including vegetarian ones (which we loved). The service was excellent. Also, our waiter made some great suggestions. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent brunch options
    can5
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went with some friends for a Sunday brunch-- The place was larger than expected (so fortunately less packed than feared!), with beautiful decor. The waiter was incredibly nice and accommodating to my friend's unusual food allergies. We got the berry buckle for a starter (loved the pepper whipped cream, though the buckle itself was a little dry), and the oxtail sandwich (very good), the pigtails with grits (superb!) and the pickled corn pancakes (phenomenal!!) for our mains. Will definitely return, and excited to try out their dinner menu!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding food and drinks
    JohnZVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    This place has great food and since it's tapas style you are able to taste several different dishes and all we had were amazing. I can't wait to go back and have some of the others. I would suggest 5 plates per couple. Definately order their special unique drinks you won't be disappointed. This is a keeper!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ScientistVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Great food! I very much enjoy the chicken-fried rabbit and I hope you bring back the parsnip crisp! I will most definitely be going back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worst dinning experience ever!!!
    Isabella09
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    My husband and I chose this restaurant because of positive reviews on yelp. We chose the chicken nuggets, the "secret" burger with kale salad instead of chips, and the lobster roll. We specifically told our waitress I couldn't eat spicy foods and the aioli for the nuggets was spicy, causing me awful heartburn!! The burger was mediocre. I can't believe people rave about it!! We lived in Los Angeles for a decade and are used to gourmet burgers... This place disappointed for sure. The pistachio dressing was odd and we barely touched the salad. The lobster roll was delicious but it barely had any lobster! The service was awful! They removed our plates before we were done eating!!! I HATE when that happens. Please ask if I am done first!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The best resturant around!
    DScelfo
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Amazing food, fabulous cocktails and a knowledgable, friendly staff. A unique dining experience that cannot be missed! The flavor profiles of the dishes stand out and the presentation of the food is a work of art.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • New Favorite Restaurant
    dancergrrl
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food and the drinks here were the best I have had in a very long time. The staff was friendly and very helpful. They answered all our questions about the dishes. They did everything they could to help me be able to eat and enjoy even though I can't have dairy. They even put together a chocolate plate for me so I could enjoy a dessert! I would recommend this place to anyone looking for a wonderful night out with someone special.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go! Like Yesterday...
    Melanna
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The different rooms all had their own vibes without feeling ad hoc. A firm Mezcal lover, I was excited about their featured bev: "green smoke." The waitress told me they no longer served it (which was disappointing), but offered a comparable drink that was delightfully spiced. To split, my cousin and I noshed on the raw sugar pumpkin salad (that looked like spaghetti, but had awesome bite to it), honey glazed burrata (cheese and autumn ingredients? Sold!), and the grilled lamb sirloin (with cocoa rub and grilled carrot mash). My only complaints would be that the grilled carrot mash tasted like Old Bay seasoning and the outdated drink menu on the site. Quite impressed and will be returning soon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    SweetbizkitVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Tapas with a twist, highly recommend the pumpkin salad and the corn pancakes, don't miss them!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative food and drink
    ActonDadVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Really enjoyed the small plates and creative cocktails. Made for a great evening for two couples to catch up. Was surprised for the price how young the patrons are. I guess it was a Saturday night....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food cool spot
    crookpptVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Delicious drink mixed with delicious and unique food...ill be going back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Totally unique menu
    jtutts
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I loved this place! The food was great, the waitress was so helpful and sweet, and the ambience was very fun and energetic. The menu is small plates so we got two snacks and two plates, and ended up getting one more plate for desert! The pancake plate was our desert plate. I will say the one thing I didn't absolutely love about the place was their cocktails. I tried the beet and vodka one first (I forget the name) and it was too sweet for me. So I asked the waitress for a recommendation on the second one and I got the burning leaves cocktail. This one was super smokey was too much for me. Here are the plates we got in the order of my preference: 1. Kale salad 2. muscles 3. Pancakes (great for desert) 4. Chicken Nuggs 5. Pork belly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    hightop
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Alden & Harlow lives up to the expectations. Burger was amazing. Kale salad was great and corn pancakes were exceptional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Original and really good food
    Bostontourist
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This is a good Restaurant. The menu is quite original, and the food itself is surprisingly good. Portions are not big, so if you're hungry it's better to order two different orders per person and share. The service is very efficient, and cordial. For my personal taste the only "fault" is the amount of noise. Otherwise, it's very recommendable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AMAZING!
    Liskav2
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    We loved everything we ordered except the chocolate bread pudding and deconstructed cheesecake. Those desserts were disappointing especially when compared to the rest of the food that came to our table. There were four of us and we all agreed that the desserts needed help. However, I highly recommend this restaurant as the rest of the food we had was fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always awesome
    cabgoesleftVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    The best thing to Harvard Sq dining, like, ever! There's no reason to go anywhere else on the Square.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food with so-so service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    The pork belly had a lot of fat and not much meat, the secret burger was good, but the chips were loaded with salt. The bluefish was ok and gnocchi was good. Cauliflower was little burnt but the broccoli and lobster toast was good. The waiter kept pouring still water over my sparkling without asking and the food took a while to come out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ScientistVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was delicious! I will most definitely be going back very soon. I have learned that I prefer to sit in the front room, over the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • interesting small plates
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Quite expensive when you order enough small plates to satisfy your hunger. Some combinations were a little too precious, almost silly, in an attempt to please foodies. Beautiful space, lively crowd. Would not go back soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • LOVE it
    Molly
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Love this place! Great food and fun atmosphere. The only thing I would say is that the plates are large for small plates, so 2 per person can be too much food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hot spot in Harvard Square
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Really nice decor, innovative and delicious food, perfectly located in a familiar Location. A welcome addition to the square
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it!
    VenessaRose
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Excellent food! I tried items on the menu I wouldn't typically eat and was very happy with everything that came out of the kitchen. Service was really amazing and atmosphere was eclectic. Can't wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • You must go here.
    Duncan
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    If Alden and Harlow is on your list, you need to go. The food is delicious. Beyond delicious. I can't even think of a word that describes how good the food is. Just make your reservation ahead of time (like a week or two), and then get ready to enjoy their delicious food. So good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Creative, interesting small plates
    Thescientist17
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a great place to go with a few other people. The plates are mostly small and perfect for sharing. The food is creative with interesting combinations that I would have never dreamed of.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • sunday brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    the brunch menu was a little different - not intuitive what each item was and hard to get the server's attention. Portions were much larger than the server indicated - he said we should get three dishes for two people - two dishes was too much food!
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Imaginative food, great service
    YogaenthusiastVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Our first time at Alden and Harlow won't be our last! The food is absolutely fabulous, and the waitstaff could not be more knowledgeable and accommodating. The menu is creative, and offers many great options. Fortunately, we were a table of four, so could explore the menu and share more than two could manage. Still, many great selections were left untasted, thus the need for many returns.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best meals I've ever had
    romkeyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I took a foodie friend from Toronto here for dinner; her reaction was it was that it was one of the best meals I've ever had. Casual, creative, fun, eye-opening... every time we go the food and the experience are better and better, and it was truly awesome the first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food but poor ventilation
    Foodler
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The food was pretty good but the ventilation was so bad my eyes and lungs were hurting. Do not want to go back unless they fix this problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • winning
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    just awesome. the prawns were perfectly cooked. the eggplant was delicious. the chips and dip was fabulous. but my favorite was the stone fruit and olive oil cake trifle!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great little spot
    starlingtonVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    The food was really good - the eggplant (yes, the eggplant!) was the table's favorite dish. It was amazing and we ordered a second round. The cocktail called "green smoke" was outstanding. Again, second round. It is a fun, easy place to go. The small plates are actually quite substantial and we really enjoyed all of them, the cauliflower, the tuna belly, the bluefish, the corn gnocchi. Definitely going back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First visit
    ETB91
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I am a huge fan of Central Provisions in Portland so I couldn't have been more excited to visit A & H. The ambiance and service were great, but I was a little disappointed in the food. The smoked bread pudding tasted like the inside of a fireplace (no flavor but smoke), and my boyfriend's lamb was too fatty for him to eat. The cocktails were good and I enjoyed my vegetarian dishes (especially the beet dish). Will be back to give it another shot!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Homemade Chips
    ARLfoodie
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    If for nothing else, go to have the thin homemade potato chips with three onion dip. Or skip the dip. The chips alone are phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic