Wharf Hill Brewing Company offers modern eats and drinks in a historic building – Virginian-Pilot

For the previous few weeks I’ve explored the restaurant scene in the Wharf Hill space of Smithfield. I’ve been impressed by all the locations I’ve visited and Wharf Hill Brewing Company was no completely different.

Wharf Hill Brewing Co. is situated on the backside of Principal Avenue on a steep hill. Though it has solely been open a younger two years, the brick building it calls house is stuffed with historical past, and the main points are printed proper on its menu.

The menu begins off by addressing the truth that you might be most likely searching for a tv or Wi-Fi to attach by way of your cellular system however suggests that you just communicate to a stranger as an alternative.

Even earlier than studying this observe, I had carried out simply that.

A platter of big, batter-fried onion rings handed by, being served to a desk subsequent to me. The older gentleman will need to have seen my eyes bulge and mouth water, so he provided me one.

I don’t often take meals off of strangers’ plates, however the pleasant, relaxed vibe this spot offers made me really feel like saying sure was OK.

The onion rings have been cooked completely and the batter they use must be bottled up and bought seperately. One onion ring felt like three. I questioned the place they discovered onions that large.

I chatted extra with my new buddies, thanked them for being so form and continued studying the menu observe.

I discovered that the partitions, flooring and ceiling are over 100 years previous, relationship again to 1906. The floorboards haven't been changed. And I can solely think about the tales they'd inform if floorboards may speak.

This restaurant has been a funeral parlor, a beer backyard, a handful of barber retailers and a magnificence parlor and now, a brewpub that has revered the historical past it sits upon. How cool.

I visited early in the lunch hour and was stunned by how busy it was.

So enamored by the ambiance round me, I saved my fingers crossed that the meal wouldn’t let me down.

I ordered a half pint of the Isle of Wheat Brew, fried inexperienced tomatoes and shrimp Po’ Boy with coleslaw.

The chef should know the way tasty the batter is as a result of it was used with all the fried objects I ordered. The remoulade sauce can also be a hit, which was served with the onion rings, tomatoes and on the Po’ Boy.

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The usage of the identical components in a number of objects would often flip me off, however this didn't. Each have been so good, I welcomed consuming them extra and extra.

I attempted to guess the components in the remoulade sauce that made it so tangy, spicy and flavorful and thought I tasted Outdated Bay. One of many managers shared their secret. Blackening seasonings and cilantro are what did it.

When you’re a beer lover, you’ll respect the number of home brews and visitor beers on faucet.

For these new to beer, take a look at the “Beer Notes” part of the menu to be taught precisely what to pair with what. It led me to decide on the Wheat Brew to associate with my seafood. It was gentle and simple to drink. An ideal pairing.

Every little thing was tasty, however the shrimp Po’ Boy was the standout. Enormous shrimp are fried to perfection and not overdone with sauce, lettuce or tomatoes so the shrimp stay the star. The bread was comfortable, buttery and frivolously toasted, and the coleslaw crunchy and creamy.

With crab muffins, Smithfield Carbonara, meatloaf, fish ‘n’ chips, a massive number of contemporary sides and tasty brews on the menu and shrimp ‘n’ grits served for Sunday brunch, that is a place you’ll wish to go to once more and once more.

Wharf Hill Brewing Company is situated 25 Principal St. in Smithfield.

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Wharf Hill Brewing Company offers modern eats and drinks in a historic building - Virginian-Pilot