Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA

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2009/09/03 13:12:13 (permalink)

Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA

For those who don't know, Denny's is famous for their promotion of 3, 5, 10, 15, and 100 lb burger challenges. But they are also a homey stop along a Roadfood-desolate stretch of I-80 in Pennsylvania.

I was lukewarm about our first visit calling the burgers average; the second, a lunchtime stop, was much better. Mrs Mosca, being either adventurous (for ordering away from the house specialty) or unadventurous (for ordering what she always does) got a wrap, a Philly cheese steak wrap. I include no picture; it looks like all the other wraps. Brown, and wrapped.

I ordered a Tex-Mex burger; "1/2 lb. ground beef spiced to perfection, then we add bacon, grilled onion, hot peppers and plenty of jalapeno cheese and tomato served on grilled texas toast and taco sauce on the side." On last visit, the only choice for doneness was "well"; this time, there was a choice of medium, which I took.

Much better this time. The beef was tastier, the burger done properly, the toppings excellent. I'd give it a B+. It's not in contention for best burger title, and never will be; but it is above average, and a decent Roadfood stop.

Edit: oops, I forgot the money shot!





And as an aside: when we were there, a family stopped in; mom and dad, and a kid about 11 or 12. This is lunch time, about 1PM. Dad looks at the menu, and orders a 24 oz draft of Sam Adams. Mom chooses a 16 oz draft of Blue Moon. While talking with the waitress, I overhear the dad mention to her that they have about 9 more hours of driving!  Geez! Even if a 24oz draft doesn't get you to blow .08, it absolutely changes your reaction time and judgement! And it will make you tired more easily. These weren't youngsters in their 30s; the guy was probably late 40s, dressed in polo shirt and cuffed shorts. Upper middle management type of guy. No one showed up on the news, so it worked out OK. But in these days of increased awareness of the dangers of buzzed driving, and how it violates the social contract, I found this surprising.
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    buffetbuster
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 14:02:08 (permalink)
    Mosca-
    I just recently visited here for the first time and it was better than I thought it would be.  My impression was that is was just a gimmick place, but that was a good burger.
      Glad you gave it another shot.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 16:08:40 (permalink)
    you should have taken a picture of the wrap, probably looked better than that dead burger
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 16:10:16 (permalink)
    I like the place itself, and it's going to be a regular stop on our trips to and from taking our daughter to college. I'm pleased. It's not perfect, it's road food.

    Bob, the burger was pretty good; it was very juicy, not dead at all. I took the picture as "bit into" to show that it was properly done to medium, an improvement from last trip.
    post edited by Mosca - 2009/09/03 16:12:23
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 16:12:55 (permalink)
    It looked good enough to me  although  I would like mine a little more rare.........................it sure beats going to a chain!
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 16:22:45 (permalink)
    Greymo

    It looked good enough to me  although  I would like mine a little more rare.........................it sure beats going to a chain!


    Speaking of chains, I drove past a mess of them this morning -- fortunately, I didn't have to stop. They included a Five Guys, a Bonefish Grill, a Quaker Steak and Lube, a Margaritaville and a Carabba's. Thank God there are actual restaurants along that stretch of road, too.
     
    By the way Mosca, that burger looked pretty good.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 18:06:37 (permalink)
    Looking good Mosca.  

    Mountaintop to South Bend, how many times a year do you plan on making that drive?  Keep you eyes open for Esavers.
     
    BTW, Nice Challanger on your lot. 
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/03 18:49:29 (permalink)
    Hehe, you like it? It's there to drive traffic, not much market for that car right now, especially as used.

    I figure 3 round trips; one each semester, and one for a game. This year we are going to the Connecticut game. Although there are a lot of people saying the Irish are going to be tough this year, I'm saying they are going to be about as good as Connecticut; therefore, I think this will be a good game, either team could win.

    (I predict the Irish for 4 regiular season losses, and a bowl game loss. Not that I WANT that, but that's the way I see it.)
    post edited by Mosca - 2009/09/03 18:50:36
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2009/09/06 10:54:03 (permalink)
    The burgers were pretty decent.
    post edited by Mosca - 2009/09/06 10:56:34
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/23 21:33:30 (permalink)
    I tried Denny's this evening....thoroughly unimpressed.

    The place itself is very nice, service was good, but the burger was not impressive at all.  

    I ordered the:

    PENNSYLVANIA BEER BARREL BURGER
    1/2 lb. ground beef, seasoned in beer with other
    spices, topped with beer-braised onions and grilled
    mushrooms, two crisp strips of bacon and Swiss
    cheese............................................................$ 5.99

    I asked for the burger to be cooked medium and was told that all burgers are prepared medium well.  My burger was a small, dry, flattened, well done piece of meat, lost on an over sized kaiser roll.  The topping were scarce, very scarce.

    The wings were very good, as was the list of beer on tap.  But I think a burger place, above all, should put out a good burger. 

    post edited by joerogo - 2010/03/23 21:34:46
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/23 22:07:28 (permalink)
    joerogo

    I tried Denny's this evening....thoroughly unimpressed.

    The place itself is very nice, service was good, but the burger was not impressive at all.  

    I ordered the:

    PENNSYLVANIA BEER BARREL BURGER
    1/2 lb. ground beef, seasoned in beer with other
    spices, topped with beer-braised onions and grilled
    mushrooms, two crisp strips of bacon and Swiss
    cheese............................................................$ 5.99

    I asked for the burger to be cooked medium and was told that all burgers are prepared medium well.  My burger was a small, dry, flattened, well done piece of meat, lost on an over sized kaiser roll.  The topping were scarce, very scarce.

    The wings were very good, as was the list of beer on tap.  But I think a burger place, above all, should put out a good burger. 


    Oh man, you got the burger I got the first time we stopped there; not the toppings, but the unimpressive burger. I think I gave it a B-.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 08:28:12 (permalink)
    Mosca,  Being that this place is all about the burgers, I give it a solid F.


    I just can't imagine anyone looking at my burger and finding it fit to serve to a customer.  The cheese was put on after the burger was cooked, and wasn't even the slightest bit melted.  
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 08:39:19 (permalink)
    Joe, the non-melted cheese is unforgivable!  Sorry to read about your bad experience.  My one visit was good, but it sounds like it really depends on who is cooking that day.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 09:57:23 (permalink)
    buffetbuster, Yeah, I was excited about trying this place so the expectations were high.  


    How about this.  My Daughter ordered wings and when she asked for extra sauce, the waitress said "we don't do that, you only get the sauce it comes with".  The wings were very good, but I feel that this is one of those places that thinks their notoriety will last forever.


    Mosca, No wine list here, but a very good list of beer on tap.  Thinking about your favorites, I had my very first 60 Minute IPA.  Excellent beer!





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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 10:12:26 (permalink)
    Ohhhh, I'd love to have a place nearby with 60 Minute IPA.

    On second thought, it'd have to be within walking distance.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 10:13:56 (permalink)
    sounds like success went to their heads & got taken away from the burgers.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 11:29:50 (permalink)
    What really sucks is that you're all the way out there in Clearfield, which is really the middle of nowhere, and looking forward to the burger, and it is as you've described. Mine wasn't nearly like what you say yours was.

    Yeah, the 60 Minute IPA is a great beer to have with a meal, isn't it? Careful if you order the 90 Minute; it is 9% ABV... and if you find the 120, make sure you have a driver; it is 18% ABV! I turned the keys over to my wife after one of those.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 11:55:57 (permalink)
    Mosca


    Yeah, the 60 Minute IPA is a great beer to have with a meal, isn't it? Careful if you order the 90 Minute; it is 9% ABV... and if you find the 120, make sure you have a driver; it is 18% ABV! I turned the keys over to my wife after one of those.


    I have some 90 Minutes in the fridge.  I just have to watch out I don't fall in the pool after a couple of those.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 15:59:29 (permalink)
    I had my designated driver with me.
     
    After the IPA I went with a Guinness.  The Guinness was Palein comparison.
     
    Now I am going to have to head to Wegman's for a selection of IPA's to experiment with.  Thanks a lot Mosca!
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 16:06:51 (permalink)
    You're going to find that the order in which you drink them will affect your perception of them.  If you have a 120 before a 60, the latter will taste watery.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/24 16:27:33 (permalink)
    Try the DFH 90 next to a Victory Hop Devil. Also, definitely get a 6 of Old Rasputin Imperial Russian Stout. It's an incredible brew. Compare it with Victory (again) Storm King Stout.

    You can't get 120s at Wegmans; 120 is a limited run product.
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    Re:Revisit of Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, PA 2010/03/31 12:29:46 (permalink)
    joerogo How about this.  My Daughter ordered wings and when she asked for extra sauce, the waitress said "we don't do that, you only get the sauce it comes with".  The wings were very good, but I feel that this is one of those places that thinks their notoriety will last forever.
     


    They wouldn't give any extra sauce for the wings? What kind of cheap operation are they running? 

    I'd have walked out. If they skimp on something as basic as wings I'd hate to see what they do with the more complex dishes.
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