[Updated: North One Ten closed]
We celebrated a friend’s birthday at North One Ten last week. I had learned that they offer beer and barbecue on Fridays and when I mentioned it to a few friends, they thought it’d be a fun choice for a birthday. I first thought the restaurant had a special barbecue menu and some beer selections that you could choose from. Not quite. They do have a special menu but unless you’re in a group of three or less — in that case, you choose three entrees — you get a little bit of (almost) everything on it — for $50 per person.
To start, our table of 12 got four plates of a mix of appetizers, including chicken wings in a guava-habanero glaze, Cuban bread sloppy joes with pulled angus short ribs, grilled shrimp skewers with a smoked tomato vinaigrette and grilled vegetable brochettes. Those were not on the menu. I suppose they replaced the crab cakes that were mentioned with them. The sloppy joe was good, though not as good as the one we sampled during the festival. I loved the wings. Paulaner was the selected beer for this course.
Next, the entrees, which are served family-style and in generous quantities. There was coffee-crusted filet mignon, grilled lamb spare ribs with pomegranate BBQ sauce, yuca crusted salmon with black beans, and chicken. The menu included grilled pork and roasted duck but if these ever came to our table, I didn’t get a taste of them. No one seemed to care, though. Sides include collard greens, roasted corn on the cob and a mac and cheese. The filet mignon was delicious as were the ribs and the mac and cheese, which I’d happily have on its own as my meal. The chicken was good yet it didn’t blow me away. The beer: Anchor Steam.
For dessert, we got plates to share of mascarpone cheese cake, blueberry cobbler and flourless chocolate torte. The beer: A very thick Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.
As you may be able to tell, it is a lot of food, even for a big crowd. We had so much food left on our table that our server offered to wrap it for us to take home. But everyone really enjoyed it and the family-style makes for a pretty interactive meal with your fellow diners. I found the price reasonable for what you get. Just remember, you’ll eat a lot so bring an empty stomach.