Credit: Wikimedia Brewpubs are an excellent choice when you're looking for a place that marries great beer with equally great food. Many such establishments exist and some have morphed into chains with locations in multiple cities and states. The latest to expand into new territory is Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant, a Delaware based brewery and eatery that is set to expand into South Carolina for the first time. Iron Hill has been around since 1996, opening its first location in Newark, Delaware. Over the years, the brewpub expanded within Delaware, then into neighboring Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The expansion into South Carolina will be the chain's first foray into the southern United States and the Greenville, SC location, with its 7,500 square feet of space and indoor/outdoor areas, is certain to wow customers. Iron Hill co- founder Kevin Finn says the decision to expand to the Carolinas was driven in part by the area's penchant for craft beer. “The Carolinas continue to be a hotbed of activity for the craft beer industry with Greenville as one of the more prominent cities within that fold,” says Finn. “Our team is thrilled to become part of this vibrant community and assist with its growth through new jobs and a new place to enjoy great food, great beer and each other. Our simple philosophy of pairing our craft menu items with our made from scratch beer has made us a compelling force in the hospitality industry for over two decades. We look forward to bringing our trademark hospitality to Greenville and to raising a pint with our newly expanded family.” The brand new Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant will be located at 741 Haywood Road, close to the Haywood Mall, Greenville Zoo, and the convention center. The new facility will seat 250 and is certain to become one of the focal points on the Greenville, SC food and beer scene, so be sure to pay a visit if you're in the area. Here is a quick rundown of Iron Hill's 12 existing locations: Newark, DE 147 East Main Street, 302-266-000 Wilmington, DE 620 Justison Street, 302-472-2739 Media, PA 30 East State Street, 610-627-9000 West Chester, PA 3 West Gay Street, 610-738-9600 North Wales, PA 1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000 Phoenixville, PA 130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333 Lancaster, PA 781 Harrisburg Pike, 717-291-9800 Maple Shade, NJ 124 East Kings Highway, 856-273-0300 Voorhees, NJ 13107 Town Center Boulevard, 856-545-9009 Chestnut Hill, PA 8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-948-5600 Ardmore, PA 60 Greenfield Avenue, 610-228-2280 Huntingdon Valley, PA 785 Huntingdon Pike, 610-602-9255
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One year ago today my dream of once again having a Curbside burger became reality when owner Nick Hufft finally opened the doors to the Curbside brick and mortar on Government Street. Sitting next door to Calandro's Supermarket, Hufft took what was once the most popular food truck in Baton Rouge and created the perfect setting for burgers, frites and boozy milk shakes anyone can enjoy either inside or on their awesome patio area.
Last week, to celebrate their anniversary, Nick reached out to a few of his culinary friends and with their help created five collaboration burgers that were available for a limited time. I of course took on the task of visiting Curbside during those five days to try each of the specialty burgers. Let's take a look at the gloriousness of it all:
This was the perfect way to start off my week! Crispy chicken topped with sharp cheddar, honey sage sausage gravy nestled between two glazed donut buns in a happy dance of salty and sweet harmony. Hopefully, this one will show up from time to time on their brunch menu.
I was really looking forward to trying our collaboration burger and it did not disappoint. A juicy patty rubbed with Chef Aimee Tortorich's coffee/chile rub, melty chihuahua cheese, poblano pico with roasted garlic mayo and Hola Nola tortilla strips.
Every bite was a flavor party in my mouth. The poblano pico was exceptionally good.
The cool and overcast weather on this day made for an ideal situation for this burger. A pork patty topped with hoisin, pickled onions, sriracha mayo, bean sprouts and herb salad. The clincher was the cup of pho that came on the side to dunk the burger in. I was almost tempted to come back for dinner and get another one!
Hands down my favorite of all the burgers! This was everything and more: a delicious hot Italian sausage patty with swiss and gremolata between two pepperoni pizza buns. I could literally eat this burger every day.
Curbside ended the week strong with this offering from pitmaster Alex Barbosa. The fact that it starts off with being described double Texas hot gut beef patties should have you ready to dive in. Finished off with American cheese, smoked onion jam and a roasted poblano aioli, this was a fantastic burger.
A huge congrats to Nick and everyone at Curbside Burgers! Here's to many more years of great business and great burgers! Please visit Bite and Booze and follow us on twitter and instagram @biteandbooze!
Amid all this gift giving, you should also take the time to pick up something for yourself. It can be daunting - I personally have a self-imposed rule of no purchases for myself after Dec. 1 - but one guilt-free way to indulge is through holiday minis. After all, 'tis the season to travel back home, and you can't lug a full-size bottle of Farsali Unicorn Essence on your flight, now, can you? When you think of it this way, these beauty minis are more like essentials. So go forth and add to cart! If you need guidance, read on for the 17 best minis that won't clog up your weekender as you haul it on all those planes, trains, and cars this Winter.
E.L.F. Cosmetics just released a new pack of eye masks with one trendy and effective ingredient: charcoal. The affordable brand's new Charcoal Hydrogel Under Eye Masks work to soothe, detox, and brighten the under-eye area using other buzzy ingredients like seaweed extract and licorice. Applying the eye masks is a pretty intuitive process, and E.L.F. recommends that you leave each mask on for no more than 15 minutes. After removing the masks, simply pat any excess product directly onto the under-eye area. It's also recommended that you apply the masks while you're doing your makeup since the masks will catch any loose eye shadow. Related You'll Either Be Amazed or Freaked Out by This Magnetic Face Mask
E.L.F. also recently recently released a Clarifying Charcoal Bubble Mask, however, this new eye treatment is slightly more unexpected given that not many other brands have experimented with charcoal eye masks. The pack of three eye masks is currently available for $8 - yep, that's less than $3 a pair!