Congregation had its grand opening on Sunday in the old Crown City Brewery space on the corner of Del Mar and Raymond. Half a decade ago I would often end my evenings at Crown City, huddled around a table with some friends splitting a few appetizers. I didn't love the place but it was just far enough away from the craziness of Colorado Blvd, the appetizers were usually good (especially the smoked chicken and bacon lavash) and the Red Stripe was cold.
The space had been vacant for more than three years, but now Congregation is open. My friend Bryce and I (and his daughter Lucy) stopped by for lunch yesterday.
I liked Congregation Ale House as much as I expected to. (True, I am sure there will be some nights when the place is completely packed and I would hate it, but that has more to do with me than the place.) The food was very tasty and there are plenty of deals to be had, too. Happy hour is 3-7 PM Tuesday-Friday, and all day on Monday. My sandwich, fries and beer only added up to $15.70. (I can't find my receipt to figure out what deal I got, but it must have been something, because adding those things up based on their website prices it comes to $18 pre-tax.)
I will absolutely be returning. Having a beer and some Belgian fries on the patio on a warm afternoon, maybe sharing a sausage platter with some friends, looking out on the mountains, is a pleasant thought indeed.