Saturday, June 18, 2016

Drunken Donkey ~ Keller, Texas

On the last updated post from Funky Baja's, we spoke about how Keller is all grown up. The kid is now in college, and with that... we now have Drunken Donkey. We have longed wished for a Flying Saucer type place in Northeast Tarrant. When Ginger Man arrived in Southlake, it seemed our dreams had come true. Except it didn't. Ginger Man's mentality exists from a time when getting German drafts was still a big deal. We want local, and want the beers to rotate often, not just tokenism ("Have you heard of Rahr's?" Really?). And besides, food at the Ginger Man are appetizers. So the reality is, Ginger Man is not what we were looking for. BTW, for the record, I use Ginger Man as an "extended office" and have met many of my partners/vendors/suppliers there. It definitely serves its purpose, but they can do better in my estimation. Back to Drunken Donkey... it may not be perfect, and maybe not quite as "obscure beer" focused (like Jack Mac's) as we'd like, but we're getting that much closer!

Food: They call themselves Craft Bar & Scratch Kitchen. And they do that because food is not an afterthought to the drink, and honestly that's what makes it so alluring. So far, I've only been to lunch with a couple of business partners, and had the salad and sandwich combo each time. The sandwiches are huge, and really quite good (I've tried the chicken fried chicken, and what they call the Big A$$ Club). I just noticed they have a sandwich that has a cheese sauce made with Old Chub. Oooh - I have to try that. But you know what I'm starting to crave? Perhaps an all-time first for the RJG, at least for the blog: Their champagne vinaigrette dressing on the salad. Oh my goodness. I've always loved a clean tasting, but heavily spiced, Italian dressing, and this fits that definition perfectly. Cold crisp lettuce as well. We've got a long way to go in exploring this menu, but I have every intention of doing just that.

Drink: They are a full bar, but craft beer is definitely their specialty. And they have an enormous selection. It's very similar to Flying Saucer and Ginger Man, in that they have more well known imports, and specialty Belgians. Their beer menu, at least in my 2 visits spread across two months, seemed a bit too "permanent", with maybe 2 to 3 deviations. I think if you specialize in it, they should have more "rare taps" and draft-only beer from some of the local brewers, rather than beers one can typically find at a well stocked Goody Goody. Just my opinion of course, and my "collecting nature". But for the other 95% of you, the beer selection is likely to be overwhelming on first visit. Might be worth visiting the website ahead of time, and making a small list before heading over.

Location: A nice open, sunny, and spacious standalone building, with outside seating and a bar area. This was the former TGI Fridays (good riddance, but I know not everyone agrees with us there). You'll find Drunken Donkey on the east side of US 377 between Kroger Dr and North Tarrant. I'm reading that this place is wildly popular on weekend nights, so plan ahead.

Notes: Drunken Donkey is a local chain that started in Lewisville in 2014, with other locations already in Denton and The Colony. It appears they are about to open in Colleyville as well, which I personally think is too close to Keller, and eats into the same market. I'll trust they did their homework, but it would seem Fort Worth or Arlington would have been a better site if wanting to stay west and help with crowd overflow.

Notes II: The ladies who work here are a bit on the "hot" side, in the Hooters tradition. Which is fine for a traditional male like myself, but thought I'd mention it in case it's not ideal for the company you're with.

Rating: 4.0 Counting on this going up actually.

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2 comments:

Mervis said...

Get the free app called Tap Hunter. You can develop your list of favorite participating bars (DD is in there.) when they update their taps you get a notification. Helps to get those rare beers you are talking about. There's a lot of competition for the rarer kegs these days and when they go on tap they don't last long. Got to be ready to take action. LOL.

Prost!

RJG said...

Hi Mervis - Yep, I do have the Tap Hunter app. Can't travel without it LOL. Good point about the competition though for rare kegs though. It's a different world than even a couple of years ago. Lots of folks like me now out there it seems - when it comes to beer that is. Thanks for the comment!