310 Park South
310 Park South has been a staple on Park Avenue for years. This is a personal favorite of mine, especially for happy hour. I don’t know about you but I’m always a sucker for some tasty bites, cold beer, and the tremendous atmosphere that they offer at 310. Cold tomato bruschetta with a balsamic glaze drizzle and an Anchor steam beer, or 3, is usually my order.
The Best Seats in The House
I decide between a seat, almost always at the bar. At one end there is a foldaway wall that they open up. You can feel the breeze as your ears perk up to the hint of street noise wafting in from Park Ave; plus, they usually have a game on at that side of the bar. At the other end, you’re enveloped with the primary atmosphere. It’s almost sensory overload. Positioned close to the kitchen, you can smell the cuisine being prepared. You hear the chatter of the staff, you see their gorgeous, full, wooden bar. Also, the T.V. on that end of the bar doesn’t disappoint the sports fan either.
I guess you can say that I order the “usual”. Although I am not there often enough to be recognized for a “usual” I do frequent the same choices. However, I recently attended 310 with a few other people and I decided to switch it up. I still ordered the cold tomato bruschetta; yes because it’s delicious and I love it, but also to share my favorite appetizer with the people I brought with me. All of whom agreed that it may very well be the best bruschetta we’ve ever had. Again, I ordered the Anchor Steam Beer because I don’t seem to find that option at most places. If you haven’t tried Anchor Steam Beer before, you owe it to yourself to find it at your local liquor store or to pop into 310 for a quick brew the next time you’re roaming the shops.
Mixing it Up
In addition to the usual, I also opted for the Angus Cheese Burger this visit; as did my friend. He ordered his with the works. They give you the option to add bacon and a fried egg on top of any burger, so he took it and ran with it. It did not disappoint and I don’t believe either of us ate anything else the rest of the day. It’s definitely worth its weight in gold. I hadn’t had their calamari until this last visit, I was very happy with it and we all polished it off in about 5 minutes.
Has this ever happened to you? You go to a nice restaurant, order calamari, and then it comes out dry or with a rubbery texture? That’s because it’s overcooked. Calamari is very delicate and 310 is one of the only restaurants that seem to have pinned down a fantastic approach to its preparation. Be sure to check out their happy hour menu here.
I also took a step back from Anchor Steam Beer and tried another beer that caught my eye. 310 is now serving a U.K.-based import beer called “Banana Bread Beer”. I’ll be honest, I had my doubts. I thought I wasn’t going to like it but my obsession with food got together with my curiosity and made my decision for me. Other than Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, the Banana Bread Beer is one of the most refreshing beers I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying. So, if you do take my advice, and pop in for an Anchor Steam Beer, maybe stick around for another and make it a Banana Bread Beer. I doubt that you’ll be disappointed, especially if you’re a beer appreciator like me.
There is one other, looming, reason why I love and advocate 310 Park South. Brunch! I love the brunch that they have to offer. From steak and eggs to a smoked salmon omelet, there’s something for everyone on the 310 brunch menu. Including unlimited mimosas for twenty-two dollars. If I’m not mistaken, you could easily spend two or three hours drinking mimosas with your friends… for twenty-two dollars! They are truly unlimited and can be served throughout the entire brunch period. Also, every dish listed on their brunch menu is sixteen dollars or under. This is not something you want to miss out on, please go and experience their brunch for yourself; at least once. Be sure that you check out their brunch menu here.
Walking into 310 is the first step into figuring out why they’re still around as an old favorite. In my opinion, they are the only true “watering hole” in the Park Avenue area. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty fantastic bars on the Ave but for some reason, I get a home feel vibe from 310. If you haven’t tried 310, please go there and see what I am talking about for yourself. The same bar manager seems to be there every time I wander in and she is hospitable, attentive, and generally a nice person. I can’t recall a time that she’s ever dropped the ball while I was there. I am always given fantastic and friendly service. If you’d like to hear my opinions on other venues, please check out the article I wrote about Outpost Kitchen and their Brugal 1888 Cocktail masterclass, that I was able to attend, here. Check out 310 Park South’s website here.
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