I decided to go with a small plate of the Mac and Cheese. It was made with parmesan, cheddar and goat cheese, and topped with panko breadcrumbs. There were also a strong rosemary presence and a little bit of crushed red pepper. The pasta was cooked perfectly and the crunch from the panko added some texture to this very creamy dish. I like rosemary, but my fiancee commented that for her it would have been a little too much. Also, I was surprised that this dish lacked salt. It was a tasty dish overall and a good portion size for only $5!
The craft beer selection was the real reason we stopped at Bodega. They have 50 taps available and the selection of beer both on tap and on their bottle list is quite amazing. They also offered 1 cask beer along with 5 of their 50 taps being nitro! Beers like Southern Tier Pumpking, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, and Avery Imperial Oktoberfest were all available. If craft beer is not your thing, they also have a very large liquor selection which helps them to offer a great mixed drink list.
Atmosphere and Service
The atmosphere at Bodega is easy going and friendly. It is located in a building that was once a car shop and then a coffee shop! The feel of the exposed brick and plenty of natural light make this a great place to hang with your friends. Bodega really stood out because of the service. It is one thing to have a killer beer selection, but it is another when you are knowledgeable and willing to talk about the beer with your customers. The bartenders are Bodega were some of the best and most friendly bartenders I've come across in my search for craft beer. Their passion for craft beer was clear. They were happy to talk about what they were offering and what was on deck. Outside of the beer knowledge our food came out in a reasonable time and we were checked on several times to see how our food was.
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