By: Roundhouse Ron
Traveling north on Route 13 in beautiful Croydon, PA, I could not help but notice this quant yellowish building on the right hand side, just past Newportville Road, adjacent the Croydon Septa train station. As I slammed on my brakes and pulled into the parking lot, I then took notice of it’s name, “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”. When you enter this establishment, you will notice an awesome fun entertaining brew house vibe, with signage, banners, neon’s & blackboards listing the daily specials in multi colored chalk. Right away, I felt totally at home with a few huge “Jack Daniels” aged whiskey barrels, along with a crazy selection of brews on tap, not to mention the frig loaded with almost 100 varieties of custom beers.
When my mixologist for this evening “Vince”, poured out my perfectly poured frosted glass of “Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company” beer, I just had to ask him the history behind the “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”. He informed me that it was named after one of the oldest pubs in Croydon, England, that is named “Dog & Bull”. For over 400 years, the “Dog & Bull” has been serving Englanders with fine food & craft beers on tap. Adopting the name “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”, they strive to keep the English pub vibe alive, by serving us great craft beers and entertaining local music.
As I was working my way around the bar area, a young man stepped to me and introduced himself as the general manager “Andrew Wells”. He was very polite and you could just tell “Andy” has an awesome knowledge of the bar/restaurant business. Talking to him, I learned he was in the “Top 12” “2011 Bartends In The World” picked by “Gary (Gaz) Regan”, from the history channel. Also voted, “2012 Most Responsible Bartender In America” by the “Nightclub & Bar Magazine”. Wow, you gotta ask him to make you his famous signature cocktails, like the whiskey infused PB&J or his tastefully wild Bloody Mary. Like I said, “This freakin dude really knows his shyt”. Now residing in the Parkwood section of Philadelphia with his wonderful wife “Eileen”, “Andy” continues to take the “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House” to all new heights with a fabulously relaxing bar venue.
Talk about perfect timing, my server (“Jamie”), approached me as she heard my stomach growling, cause of the tantalizing aromas coming from the all new 2nd floor kitchen. “Jamie” was so damn pleasant and informative of both the menu items, along with the black board specials. This ambitious young lady referred me to numerous very personalized “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House” signature items.
I decided to get this party started with a collection of “Dog & Bull” specialties, like the “Appetizer Sampler” for adventurous eaters. It included “Dog Ears” (sliced rib eye steak with a cheddar cheese ale sauce all wrapped in a dog ear shaped dough), “Risotto Croquettes” (sun dried tomato risotto with fresh mozzarella cheese lightly coated and fried to perfection), “Buffalo Shrimp Balls” (fresh chopped seasoned shrimp mixture rolled in a ball, fried and served with house made blue cheese), and to top it off, one of my personal favorites, “Fried Pickles” (freshly sliced dilled pickles chips, marinated in beer, lightly coated and fried for just a short time). What a freakin way to begin my ultimate venture down flavor town road here at the “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”.
Chillaxin for just a few minutes, I decided to order a “Jack Daniels & Coke” to wash down all those amazing appetizers. O’boy, here comes “Jamie” with one of my entrees, the “No Bull Bomber Burger”. I have no idea where to begin with this interesting colossal tower of beef, pork, cheese, onion and bun. The “No Bull Bomber Burger” is made up of ½ pound freshly ground beef, large slices of crispy bacon, huge heaping of pulled pork in a house BBQ sauce, thickly sliced pepper jack cheese and topped off with a jumbo “Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company” beer battered onion ring all inside of a freshly baked bun. OMFG, this creation is driving my taste buds absolutely insane with this juicy mountain of mouth watering beef. Did I forget to tell ya, it also comes with a possie of freshly house cut fries and a “Pickle Man” pickle.
The madness just keeps on rolling out of the kitchen with a few more glistening plates of ultra attractive food. I just had to try the “Peppercorn Encrusted NY Strip” cause this 10oz piece of NY strip looked superior to non other, being seasoned and sautéed in a porter mushroom sauce, served with homemade roasted garlic mashed potatoes and seared spinach. Next was the “Garlic Parm Shrimp Wrap” with fresh grilled shrimp in a garlic parmesan seasoning, baby spinach, roasted red peppers and slices of pepper jack cheese all inside of a fresh flour tortilla wrap. When you go to the “Dog & Bull”, you gotta try the “Crab n’ Ale Mac n’ Cheese” just for shyts and giggles, cause it is to die for as it is amazing pasta elbow macaronis served in a signature cheddar ale sauce, with crab meat, goat and parmesan cheese.
Let da good times my party people, cause here comes my desert baby. Let me try to describe this beer infused sweet culinary treat, the “Guinness Fudge Brownie Dog Ears Sundae” is a chocolate fudge brownie infused with a Guinness stout chocolate sauce, vanilla bean beer infused ice cream with chunks of house caramel crunchy nuggets, served with 2 dog ears tossed in cinnamon and sugar. Deliciousness is an understatement, because I think I just stepped onto the 5 o’clock nonstop express to sweet tooth ecstasy. The “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House” has it all, from meat lover delights to numerous vegetarian specialty items, all the way down to their little pups (children) menu.
With such outstanding food being delivered from the “Dog & Bull” kitchen, I just had to meet the mastermind of all this outrageous flavorful food. His name is “Max Schindler” (head chef) and he wears the chef jacket with such pride it shows in detail to quality and perfection with every bite I tasted. This University of Colorado graduate has been cooking since he was 15 years old, then following in his father’s footsteps as a chef, he perfected his continental restaurant style. “Max’s” passion to be a culinary genius took him to a very refined Boulder, Colorado tourist establishment named “Dushanbe Tea House”. Here he gained the vast experience in international and central Asian cooking. Moving to the Philadelphia area with his girlfriend “Corinne”, he now commutes from Abington to Croydon so that we all have the opportunity to sample his superior offerings over at the “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”.
I have been to numerous taverns, pubs, bars, nightclubs and/or restaurants in my career, this place called the “Dog & Bull” has so many weekly and daily specials going on, I could not believe my eyez with all the entertaining black boards filled with outstanding deals on food and beverages. I could list them, but it would take up this entire issue of “Out On The Town” Entertainment Guide, so I strongly encourage you to hit up the “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House’s” website at www.DogAndBullHouse.com for sum interesting deals. Just keep in mind they do have a fabulous “Sunday Brunch” from 9am to 3pm every Sunday, it’s like a brunch with zest on your day of rest ;-}
I wanna be totally serious and honest with you, this place focking rocks hard core, by using all fresh homemade items, with a wild interesting twist that captures your every imagination of how real food should be treated and served. This sounds kinda corny, but here it goes, “God, I Really Luv This Place, With 5 Stars, Out Of 5 Stars Going To The “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House””.
Please stop by “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”, 810 Bristol Pike (Rt. 13 & Newportville Road), Croydon, PA 19021, 215.788.BULL, www.DogAndBullHouse.com, they can also be found on social media @ facebook & twitter, just go to: “Dog & Bull Brew & Music House”. “They Take Their Beer, Food & Drinks Very Seriously, But Not Themselves, Cause Their House, Is Your House”