Restaurant Reviews

Reed & Greenough

November 19, 2014

Reed & Greenough has been a birthday tradition for a few years now, so this past Saturday, there I was.

The Shut-Up-and-Give-it-to-Me-Quick Version:

Best cucumber drink I have ever had!

The I-Like-to-be-Wrapped-Up-in-All-the-Details Version:

Although this is a Marina bar, it does a good job of staying away from being the cliché Marina crowd. I find that the crowd is a little older (read: not straight out of college…late twenties, early thirties). Reed’s isn’t filled with bros or overly drunken messes. The bar is dark and feels like a throwback man cave, with shuffle board and a pool table in the backroom and brown leather pushpin couches, comfy seats and masculine décor. It gets super busy and crowded around 10 p.m., but if you do manage to nab a seat, it feels cozy and not so crowded.

What we drank:

  • Pisco brulee
  • Unencumbered ($11)

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I nearly had a heart attack when I walked in and didn’t see Unencumbered on the menu, but they were happy to make it for me. I must say, this time was extra delicious! I think Dennis and my conversation went something like this:

Me: I really am in love with this drink

Him: *Smile*…I know

Me: It’s literally perfect

It’s all I ever want in life

If I could make love to this drink I would

It’s especially well made tonight

Did I mention I love this drink?

I want another one…

Notice how he stopped talking and I just kept rambling (or maybe he was talking and I wasn’t paying attention haha). Here’s the thing, I don’t normally enjoy cucumber drinks because the cucumber flavor is usually masked by the alcohol taste. This cocktail is made with Meusalem rum, muddled cucumber, lime juice, salt, soda water and some simple syrup. It’s simple (although I’ve tried replicating it and it just isn’t the same) and classic, refreshing and extremely tasty. There is a slight sourness from the lime, a hint of rum and all the delicious taste that cucumbers have to offer. The result is a light, invigorating beverage that goes down way too smoothly. With a drink this good, there’s no point in counting the rounds, just tell the waitress to “keep ‘em coming”!

The boyfriend usually orders the pisco brulee (it’s good, but not my cup of tea). He really likes this concoction of Encanto Pisco, aged rum, angostura bitters with an egg white and lemon bruleed top. It’s slightly bitter, but not overly so and you can’t taste the egg at all. It tastes like a cinnamon dusted milk cloud, but somehow goes really well with the drink.

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