[Photos: Praneendra Kuver]
About a month ago, the long-await Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House started pouring craft beers and serving dishes like the Crunchy Dame (that'd be barbecue pork belly and a sunny-side up egg) and stuffed quail downtown. The improvements just keep coming from the Cumberland Street brew house: they recently added ice cream sandwiches to the repertoire, and started serving lunch yesterday. And so far, the reports have been mostly positive. Keep reading to find out the early word on Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House.
THE GOOD NEWS A Yelper approves of all that's on tap: "The beer menu is fantastic with 48 drafts on tap rotating in new brew every time one kicks ensuring an always fresh list of frosty suds. ... The food was all excellent and I'm excited to see what else shows up on the menu." [Yelp]
THE IMPROVED NEWS: The bloggers at Weekend Blitz are happy with the new occupants at 12 Cumberland St.: "The much-talked-about restaurant has completely transformed what used to be that bar we all loved but never remembered, Johnson's, into a awesome little beer garden restaurant. The actual 'beer garden' portion is quite small, but they've got the authentic-looking Bavarian tables, so I'm sold on liking everything about it." [Weekend Blitz]
THE GOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Mixed reviews coming from someone over on Foursquare: "Cool atmosphere, great beer selection, dumb bartender spouting his political views. Bummer!" [Foursquare]
THE FOOD NEWS: An Instagrammer on Holy City Eats shared some food porn of what might become a Craftsmen signature: "The Crunchy Dame From Craftsman Kitchen. Pork Belly + Cherry Jam + Egg = Deliciousness." [Holy City Eats]
THE SERVICE NEWS: Blogger Charleston Foodie Bucket List was impressed with the front of the house: "I thought this place was great. The service was incredible, we were greeted at the door, had a great waitress that helped a lot with beer suggestions and the manager stopped by our table a few times (and was even helping clean tables). For being such a new restaurant, they certainly have it running like a well oiled machine." [Charleston Foodie Bucket List]