On a chilly winter night, we decided to warm up with a few friends at G2B Gastropub. Having no reservations, and it being a Friday, we had to wait awhile for a table to open up to fit our group of five. But this was a nonissue, as we had the chance to experience the eatery's lounge area. With its modern, but comfy red chairs and a bartender that made sure our glasses remained full, we were happy to sit, relax and chat over a few pints.
We ordered our beers from a menu displayed to us on an iPad, and, once settled in with our drinks, we had the chance to look around and discuss the décor. Just as ordering off of an iPad might suggest, G2B keeps the setting incredibly modern, from the recessed lighting that is constantly changing colors, to the menu displayed on several TV screens above the lounge area, assembled in a fashion that mimics an airport's arrival and departure sign, with some of the menu items changing every so often. A blank wall behind the lounge area serves as a space to play video games, and G2B provides an assortment of games for both kids and adults.
No one in our party was particularly in the mood for games that evening, but, after staring at the menu above us for so long, we were in the mood for an appetizer. Our friendly bartender took our order for a plate of Buffalo wings, and quickly reappeared with the just-spicy-enough wings served with blue cheese, celery and carrots. Split between five people, the wings went fast. Luckily, our table was ready as we were nearly finished, and since we had had time to decide on our entrees, we put in our orders right away. Everyone got something different and many plates were shared. I opted for the grilled pizza with fontina cheese, arugula pesto and wild mushrooms (crispy perfection, with a pleasant, surprising spiciness) while our guests chose the Hickory-grilled steak, Shepard's pie, house-made andouille sausage and, of course, the G2B burger. Once the meal was finished, there was not a scrap of food left on anyone's plate and all were immensely satisfied.
Still, the desserts sounded too sweet to pass up, so we ordered a scoop of house-made cardamom ice cream and the warm chocolate brioche pudding, which came with cardamom ice cream, apple chutney and streusel. After we each had a few bites, we decided that a return trip was needed, both to try more of this extraordinary menu, and just to hang out in a cool space while enjoying a beer or two. Next time, though, we'd make reservations