The Pint House. Upscale and Fiery.


I like hockey games.  I like the fights, the fans, the overpriced beers and the loud sounds of sticks, pucks and body slams.  I like soft baked pretzels with nacho cheese, and I especially like the long time tradition of pre-game drinks.  So before a recent Anaheim Ducks game, I made my way to a restaurant not far from the Honda Center for some happy hour nosh and a pre-game cocktail. Now as the name might suggest, The Pint House specializes in beer.  Offering an "upscale restaurant style pub" with a bevy of brews, the menu contains your typical plethora of fried foods, fancy burgers and a rotating list of too many beers to choose from.  But for my purposes, the beers had to be put on hold for another day.  The Bavarian salted soft pretzels with made to order béchamel cheese sauce accompanied by "The 13th Floor" bloody mary was a dream combination come true.

The bloody is described as follows:

The Pint House version of a Bloody Mary, but not for the faint at heart!  Ketel One Vodka with Dan's secret 13-ingredient tomato mix, squeeze of lime, garnished with lime and green olives, then served over ice in a gold & black salt-rimmed pint glass.

Providing more description than is usually found for bloody mary menu items, I was pleasantly surprised and quite thankful for the highly accurate information.  As promised, this fiery bloody reached the upper limits of my spiciness capacity while still managing to provide a sweet, lingering after taste.  Heavy on the pepper with a savory, smoky flavor, the bloody was reminiscent of chipotle flavored Tabasco but with a slight citrusy brightness.  The Ketel One vodka was a welcomed and much appreciated addition not typically found in your average pub bloody, and together with my deliciously baked soft pretzels, I was thoroughly prepared for the game.

For its 13th Floor bloody mary, The Pint House earns 3.5 Celery Stalks.

The Pint House 1547 West Katella Avenue Suite 102, Orange, California 92867.  T: (714) 633-7468. [wpgmza id="22"]

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