The Pint on Garry Street is one of the newer downtown pub style restaurant/sports bars. It’s part of a small chain that operates primarily in Western Canada.
I have to admit it took me a long time to warm up to the idea of visiting The Pint. That’s because the building it’s in is the former home of Aqua Books and Eat! Bistro. Both the bookstore and the bistro were among my favourite places to visit. Kelly Hughes’s creation of a cultural city hall has been missed over the past few year. I like sports bars, but I like bookstores even more.
Pint in a Hurry
My first trip in I was in between a morning pastoral visit and an afternoon service, so I was really hoping to be able to get in and out in a hurry. I walked in and sat down at the bar. Wanting something that should be fairly quick for them to make, I went with the soup and grilled cheese salad special. The bartender took my order and I had my meal brought to me quite quickly. The soup was Chicken Rice, and the Grilled Cheese sandwich was served on Marble Rye.
My soup was quite good as was the grilled cheese, although I would have enjoyed a little more cheese in it. I also ordered a Coke to go with the lunch. When the bill came the Coke had not been added. I pointed this out and was told it was on the house that time. So, thank you for that.
The best part of the lunch was the speed. I could get in, order, eat, pay, and be on my way in about 25 minutes. Great service when I was in a rush.
Back for Dinner
I was so pleased with the service I received at lunch, I decided to go back for supper the same day. The Pint was fairly busy, and with no sign indicating otherwise, I seated myself at the back of the main floor dining area. A bit of privacy along with views of several screens showing the Caps-Isles game.
Once again the service was very good. My server brought a menu right away. Explained the specials, took my drink order, and then came back in a couple of minutes to take my drink order. They were featuring pints, so I went with the Fort Garry Dark, one of my favourites.
When I placed my food order, I asked for the 7 pepper wings. For a main I chose the Mongolian BBQ Rice Bowl, which was the Thursday food special. I was pleased that when I asked for the one following the other, that they did arrive at my table in that order, with enough time to enjoy the wings before the rice bowl arrived. I really enjoyed the wings.
The wings would get a rating slightly behind the wings I had at Muddy Waters, but only by a little bit. The best quality was that as a hot wing, the heat wasn’t just on the lips but went up into the nose as well. The chicken was also quite moist with a nice, crispy skin on it.
After the spice of the wings, the sweetness of the BBQ sauce on the Mongolian BBQ rice bowl made a good change of pace. The beef was plenty tender, and the vegetables were all tender crisp. I also went for a refill on my Fort Garry Dark. Another thing I liked about The Pint? My server let me finish my first drink before I ordered a second.
I had heard pretty good things about The Pint. This is just across the way from Holy Trinity, so I think it’s a place I will be trying out plenty more in the future.