Last weekend we decided it was time to try the new place in Pier Park North called The Craft Bar. I had seen that they offered a bison burger and I hadn’t had one in years.
We went during happy hour so we took advantage of the beer and snack specials. We both chose the North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial Stout (loved it!) and shared the Hot Chicken Nashville Style and the Pulled Pork Quesadillas. If you like hot and spicy (and I mean really hot and spicy) you will love the Hot Chicken. It was super crispy and perfectly fried, then tossed into a very hot sauce. Our awesome server, Brittany, warned us that it is really really hot and she was right. We were prepared and though it is hotter than I would normally like, it was also really good.
The quesadillas were also tasty and just the right size for a happy hour snack before the main course of burgers.
I was really craving the bison and that is what I ordered. It was smothered in jack cheese and fresh jalapenos and served with fresh cut fries. These fries were the perfect combination of soft and crispy and very fresh tasting.
My husband had the pimento burger with huge onion rings. The 1/2 lb beef burgers are all made with local pasture fed beef. I had a bite of his and it was also delicious.
When you see the menu, there may be a bit of sticker shock at the burger prices. The beef quality the availability of a good bison burger is worth it now and then (and those fries!) but you can also get the burgers for half off on Mondays.
Once again, Brittany was a great server and really knew her brews and the menu items.
In addition to the great food and service, I really liked the decor and atmosphere.
I look forward to the next visit, possibly on a Monday. The Craft Bar also serves a Sunday Brunch with $3 mimosas.
The pub is located in Pier Park North, directly across Hwy 98 from Pier Park.